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1. Posted by crystalcpt (Budding Member 6 posts) 5y Star this if you like it!


How best should one prepare for a long flight as this will be my first.What should I take as entertainment? Should I try taking sleeping pills to avoid jet lag?

2. Posted by zaksame (Respected Member 571 posts) 5y Star this if you like it!

It's a great question, with many many answers.
Firstly everyone is different in how they cope with long-haul.
First try to reserve a good seat. Book an aisle or window if you can and definitely book one a long way from the toilets as queues tend to form and knock your seat if you plan on sleeping.

If you can afford it bring your own headphones for the entertainment system. The ones supplied are rubbish.

Make yourself comfortable. Bring a travel pillow, or neck-rest, the inflatable ones are best. Take some snacks, drinks, lozenges whatever makes you happy.

Take a really good book or iPad or something that you can get stuck into. I bring digital language lessons. I rarely learn the language but it really gets you mind focused and actually enhance your visit to a new country. Another option is a talking book on the subject of the destination or its culture.

Drink plenty of water. Use eye drops. Consider saline nasal gel if your nostrils feel uncomfortable breathing dry air.

And lastly, take regular excerise, get up and take a walk, exercise your feet and legs as you are sitting and massage your tighs from time to time.

But mostly enjoy the experience and use it to talk to new people and search for new experiences, especially if they are from your final destination. Remember, they just might be able to recommend a little gem of a place you never would have found. Believe me on this one.


3. Posted by madpoet (Respected Member 415 posts) 5y Star this if you like it!

When you get off your flight you are going to be dead-tired. Make sure you've booked a place to stay, for at least the first night, and if possible, airport pickup. The first thing you'll want is a nice hot shower.

4. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 2012 posts) 5y Star this if you like it!

First of all, and most important in my eyes - pick a good airline. Don't buy your ticket based on price alone - use the reviews on Skytrax

Second - avoid those pills, they can be dangerous

Third - move around the plane and do some exercises

Fourth - wear loose fitting clothes and especially shoes (many airlines give you booties to wear)

Fifth - sit in the center of the plane (the bulkheads are where they put the screaming infants, and you want to be away from the lavatories)

Sixth - just relax (bring your own soothing music)

I personally enjoy a good glass of wine during flight - helps me to relax and maybe sleep too

(I fly Asiana - a very comfortable way to fly economy - they also give me a hotel when my transit time is lengthy)

[ Edit: Edited on 19-Aug-2012, at 10:51 by Daawgon ]

5. Posted by peacefultravel (First Time Poster 1 posts) 5y Star this if you like it!

I recently relocated from the US to Kuala Lumpur. 14 hours from Houston to Doha; 7 hours Doha to KL. All of the above are true particularly choosing your airline very carefully. (Im a Emirates/Qatar or BA girl myself). I'd like to add one more thing: to keep in mind your destination. Your destination is your "eye on the prize" if you will. I'ts like running long distance. Think about the end result and not how long you've been running (flying, in this case). I've had my share of relocations and long haul flights (longest was 15 hours from Saipan, Micronesia to Philadelphia. wow) and even in the long flights, it's always encouraging to maintain a bit of excitement - thrill, even - to be travelling. getting there is half the fun and when you get there - there you are. In a brand new place with new smells, new food, new clothes, new ways of driving.... That's my advice. Enjoy the journey and welcome to the new place.

6. Posted by AndySN (Budding Member 27 posts) 5y Star this if you like it!

I did all those kinds of things the first few times. Now, having lived in NZ for 3 years and traveling around the World working, 8 round the world trips later, I have just decided the best way to get through those longgg flights is to just stick it out, sleep a little, distract a little.

Now 10-14h flights are a breeze, but when going to NZ from Europe, the 2nd 14h one does suck still