Airplane Travel Tips

How to Survive a Long Haul Flight

Long haul flights can be a rough time for even the most seasoned of travellers. From cramped legs, to screaming babies anything could happen at 30,000 feet. If you want to know how to survive any long haul flight situation and ensure your travels get off to a good start, keep reading!


There are a few steps you can take before you even set foot on your aircraft that will help get things off to a good start.

  1. Moisturize your skin
    I cannot stress this enough. The cabin air is extremely dry and stale; it will dry out your skin. To prevent coming off the plane with a cracked face, moisturize the crap out of your face in the days and even minutes leading up to your flight.
  2. Pack healthy snacks 
    This is both for your physical health and the health of you wallet. Pack some healthy, whole foods in your carry on so you can skip the $10 bag of candy and the disgusting feeling you’re going to have after eating it.
  3. Pick you seat wisely 
    Window or aisle? This is the question. Both seats have perks, and I frequently flip-flop between both. If you choose a window seat you’ll have the side of the aircraft to lean your head on when you want to sleep and you also won’t be disturbed by passing beverage carts or you seat mates needing to use the washroom. On the other hand, you’ll be the annoying one if you need to get up a lot. If you find you need to use the washroom a lot or just can’t sit still for long periods of time, pick the aisle seat; you’ll be able to get up as frequently as you need without bothering anyone. And of course, avoid the middle seat at all costs.
  4. If you want to be served first, request a special meal.
    Airlines always serve special meals such as gluten-free, vegan, and kosher before all other meals. If you want to eat as soon as you get on the plane, request a special meal when booking your ticket.

During your Flight

It’s go time. You’ve just got settled into your seat and are prepared for this long journey through the sky. Here are some more things you can do in-flight to ensure smooth flying.

  1. Wear layers
    Airplanes have a tendency to be really cold and unless you’re flying first class, a lot of airlines won’t spot you a blanket. Dress in layers so you have the option to bundle up if you need and you’ll save precious room in your suitcase.
  2. Bring headphones/your own entertainment 
    Quite possibly the most important tip on this list, headphones will be your saving grace during your flight. They’ll keep your mind pre-occupied and drown out the crying babies. Make sure you load you iPod with tons of music, or have movies readily available on your iPad, or just simply enjoy the in-flight entertainment system. Either way, make sure to bring your own headphones as they’re going to be a lot more comfortable than the ones the airline will provide you with.
  3. Stay away from alcohol
    I know it’s not what you wanted to hear, but alcohol will not help you in any way on a long haul flight. It will actually dehydrate you even more and cause you to be foggy. If you want to feel refreshed and hydrated when you land, save the drinking for when you get to your destination.
  4. Sleep
    A lot of people disagree on whether or not you should actually sleep on a long haul flight, but I am a firm believer that sleep can never do any harm. Set an alarm for an hour or two before you flight is set to land, just make sure you have your headphones in so the alarm doesn’t wake anyone else. This will give you enough time to wake back up and get your bearings together so you can hit the ground running.

Those are all the tips I have! Now over to you, how do you survive long haul flights?


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