Traveling may be daunting, let alone having to step on a long-haul flight for a dream vacation overseas. From many hours in the air, the choice of seats, unknown airlines and the intermittent boredom, a long-haul flight can be the most physically and financially demanding part of travel. However, if you’re an adventurer at heart, don’t let this stop you! Here are some handy tips to lessen your long-haul worries:
Check connecting flights
On long-haul flights, many of your connecting flights will be made on foreign soil and can be intimidating. Make sure when booking that you’ll have enough time to clear customs, pick up your luggage, move to a different terminal, and with enough time in case your flight is delayed or arrives later than anticipated. The last thing you want is to miss a flight after groggily stumbling out of your stupor from the plane and realizing your connecting flight is in less than thirty minutes!
Wear comfortable clothing
You will most likely fall asleep, slumped over your seat and, not to mention, be on a flight for hours, so wear something comfortable. Wear shoes that can be easily slipped on and off again because this will also come in handy during the long walks across the airport terminal, especially if you have to race for a flight.
Being stuck inside an airplane for hours with its dry air and lack of moving space will certainly leave you thirsty. Make sure to drink as much as you need on a normal day; simply ask your nearby stewardess. Don’t forget to hydrate well before and during the flight.
Combat jet lag
Whether you’ve landed in a country with a new time zone or returning home after your adventures, it is inevitable that you’ll suffer from jet lag. One way of coping with jet lag is with the choice of food you eat. It’s been suggested that carbohydrates are best since they make you tired quicker. It’s best to avoid alcohol as it has the opposite effect while high protein foods such as fish and cheese and caffeine will help combat sleepiness. Mobile IV Therapy is perfect for a little pick-me-up and will keep you hydrated once you return home.
Stretch your legs
After hours of sitting on a plane, you’ll no doubt develop cramps, but there’s also the danger of deep vein thrombosis (CVT). One way of staving off this possibility is taking your time during the time your plane allows you out of your seats. For example, during toilet breaks, don’t rush back to your seat. Consider doing some DVT-prevention exercises such as pointing your toes and stretching your legs. Simply taking a slow walk down the aisle back to your seat will work too.
It’s not a bad idea to bring a vitamin pack with you (Vitamin C, Zinc, and daily vitamins) to take before and after your flight to help your immune system with rapid changes in your schedule and changes in the environment. In fact, it might be a good idea to carry a small, resealable packet with you containing all your essentials such as vitamins, moisturizer to prevent dry and itchy skin during the long flight and other cosmetics to freshen you up once you land.
These are some tips and tricks for ease of travel during long-haul flights. Make sure you plan ahead, check all your belongings, keep hydrated and have fun!