Things to do during long flights

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1. Posted by steffy6184 (Budding Member 11 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hi there,

I have a long flight from Sydney to Rio coming up soon & i'm already preparing myself for the boredom. I leave here quite early in the morning, so I don't think i'll be tired enough to sleep. What are some ways of killing time, aside from reading a book/ watching a movie?

2. Posted by Ardy (Full Member 62 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

1) Puzzles!

2) Distinguishing different body odors!

3) Counting every time the guy next to you scratches his crotch!

4) Standing in line at the toilet for no good reason, your turn is up? Turn around and return to your seat.

5) Ordering in gibberish.

6) Reading a book upside down.

7) Singing aloud and off-key to your i-pod.

8) Making up some absurd back story about hunting for Wobbeelongs' in the Congo, after a lost bet in a Glaswegian bar....

Just a few.

3. Posted by vxmike (Budding Member 64 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Since you leave early in the AM why not just stay up all night before the flight, so you'll be tired enough to sleep once you get on board?

4. Posted by Brendan (Respected Member 1824 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

As I mentioned elsewhere .. ... one thing I do sometimes is wrote little poems or stories about the people around me. They can get interesting!

5. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Quoting Brendan

As I mentioned elsewhere .. ...

My apologies, Steffy - but the double posting of a thread is not allowed on TP. (See rule #6.) I deleted your duplicate thread in the Off Topic Forum (where Brendan had commented). I asked that he repost his comment here.

Thanks B!! ;)


I take along "child-sized" decks of cards so we can play solitaire on long flights.
A good book will keep you awake or put you right to sleep too.

[ Edit: Edited on Apr 23, 2007, at 11:20 AM by Isadora ]

6. Posted by daphnemaia (Full Member 155 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

i just sleep. it works best. tire yourself out the night before, as vxmike said!

7. Posted by dudemark (Budding Member 7 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

try taking as much information about mats with you - that way you can revise on your flight -
then when you arrive you'l know all you need to know about mats.

8. Posted by dudemark (Budding Member 7 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

or just start up a conversation about mats with your fello passengers.
this can make hours seem like minutes.
i was once on a flight from budapest to Slovenia (i was going to find a female herman tortoise to partner my male)
i started the conversation with "so, anyone like mats"
from then on the time was flyng by, people had pictures - diagrams -
even designs for new mats that i'd never seen....
this was fantastic, but the most amazing thing was when the captain
heard of this, (what was now a group disscussion) he came to join and had some tails and stories you wouldnt believe......
then he did it... he went ang got his own personal mat which he carries everywhere with him...
89" by 34" hand made with polysytoning de-tachable retro fibres. it was beautiful... i meen i'd never seen a mat so perfect.
you could see tears in my eyes i was so happy at this marvelous
i was near enough to see individual markings that can only come from
a mat of this calibre.. when i looked at this mat a saw a part of myself
in it, as i it were telling me never to stop thinking of mats - never give the journey - tell people the message -
mats are for everyone.. so go on enjoy them while you can.

9. Posted by penny1985 (Budding Member 3 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Take a load of sleeping pills before your flight

10. Posted by fuzzypuppy (Budding Member 62 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

For my flight to China in August I'm planning to stay up the entire night before then take Ativan during takeoff.

Or take some paperbacks, the only problem is that on my last flight to London I finished 3 of the 5 books I brought on my way there :(