Travellers are aware that they’ll be in an entirely different world once they settle in for their long-haul flight. Journeys that last for several hours can take their toll on travellers, physically and emotionally. Luckily, we can make the most of our time on an airplane, especially during transit periods of ten hours or more. Be the master of your airplane and conquer the discomfort to turn your miles into “smiles,” through the following recommendations:
Whether it be through a few life hacks or special travel products to make your travel time more manageable and even enjoyable, we gathered 5 helpful ways to maximise your enjoyment inflight.
1. For Your Entertainment
The first thing you may ask yourself when you’re comfortable in your seat, is what you are going to do for the next few hours. Personal entertainment will now come in handy. Inflight Entertainment, the content of your iPad, airline magazines or newspapers, sometimes even WiFi will help you enjoy long flights and make you feel time pass by pleasantly. Consider writing your thoughts in a travel notebook or colouring on a book to entertain yourself.
2. Bring your own snacks or food
Airplane food infamously tastes weird because of special cabin conditions. People who opt to pass up on this fare can dine on better snacks they prepared or bought before boarding. Fruit, plenty of water, and other healthy “easy” food are your best options.
Alcohol is sometimes offered for free on airplanes. It can be fun though don’t overdo it as it’ll leave you feeling depressed, groggy, and dehydrated, making you miss out on other fun aspects of long-haul flying.
3. Ideal Moving and Sleeping Conditions
Get started on the right foot and think about how you’ll make the most of your seat. You can arrange your ideal seat during your booking. The perfect seat will depend on what you want to experience. Aisle seats had proven to be the best choices for many passengers. Even if you don’t get the left or right hand seats and watch the views by the window, you’ll have dibs on easier bathroom access and move around more freely. When sleeping, these seats also make your airplane traffic seamless.
4. Try shopping
Shopping before you board? Inflight Duty Free products and airport shopping will give you your retail fix. The good news is airlines usually offer some form of inflight shopping to passengers. Browsing online or through a catalogue, you’ll find the usual luxury or beauty goods are sold. Shopping uses your time on the airplane towards an enjoyable activity, and you’ll bring home some unique souvenirs.
5. Feel at home
Don’t hesitate to pull out all the stops where your airplane well-being is concerned. As long as you’re not stepping on other fliers’ toes, feel free to make the most of your long-haul flight by making your experience as comfortable as possible. Pack in pajamas, eye masks, ear plugs and even noise-cancelling headphones, extra layers of clothing, etc. Before landing, freshen up and you’ll feel better and prepared to meet your family or friends.
Flying is an experience that literally transports us from one place to a dream destination. With these 5 tips, we hope that you learned a few helpful ways to make the most of your trip no matter how long and arduous.
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