So are there any inflight tips that help to make that long, long flight.... (in coach for most of us).... more bearable?
When we talk to people about where we've been or where we're going, we often hear something like, "I'd love to go there and see that, but I just can't stand those long flights."
....And sometimes they're talking about flights that are only 4 to 5 hours long!
We have a friend in New York who worked for QANTAS for years....
That friend used to say that she didn't like those "short flights".... that they didn't give you time to set up housekeeping!
She had made up her mind that since she was going to be taking long flights.... and I'm talking about 10 to 15 hours long here... that she would enjoy them.
We went to Dubai recently. The flight JFK to Dubai was 10 hours. The flight home to SFO was 15!
I think much of the time, whether you enjoy your flight or not depends on your state of mind.
That goes for all of travel. If you look for the positive, that's what you'll find most of the time.
But let's look at those long flights...
What can you do, and what should you do to survive them.
The first inflight tip you'll read anywhere is drink lots of water and juices....
I know, then you have to fight the lines for the restrooms....
...but drinking lots of water will keep you more hydrated in that dry aircraft cabin air...
And you should be getting up and walking around every so often anyway.
Avoid drinking alcohol
Again, I know... you're on vacation, and maybe it helps you unwind.
You may even think it helps you sleep... but the fact is it dehydrates you, and if you have too much, it disrupts your sleep. You may fall asleep at first, but then you'll wake up and feel worse.
If you want to celebrate your trip with a drink... limit it to one, and remember what we said about drinking lots of water!
Do exercises in your seat....
Almost all the airlines give you tips on these. You'll find them in the back of the inflight magazine. Try them out.
The exercises and the walks to the restrooms will help prevent deep vein thrombosis.... you may have heard it called economy class syndrome. It's rare, but you might as well do what you can to prevent it.
Those exercises will make you feel better when you land anyway.
Try to sleep
We don't have any problem with this one. I know some of you do, but time will pass faster and you'll feel better if you can.
Use a mask to cover your eyes and earplugs if that helps. Take one of those neck pillows if it will help you get more comfortable.
Some people take sleeping pills or melatonin. Others just take over-the counter sleeping aids. We're not to keen on sleeping pills that may leave you not moving around much at all, so be careful with that.
Dress comfortably for your flight
Avoid tight fitting clothes. (I have to offer an opinion here... we think you can dress comfortably and still look nice.)
Wear shoes you can take off inflight... remember your feet will swell during that long flight. (So make sure you can get them back on at the end of the flight!) Go for comfort... you can dress up later if you must.
Take a book or something to entertain yourself
Even if you do sleep, you're not going to sleep for 10 or 15 hours. Airlines offer movies and music on their long flights. More and more offer movies on demand, so you can find something you like.
One last inflight tip...
We try to avoid caffeine until the end of the flight... then we figure we'll need a little boost to get us going through customs and get on with the trip.
We're always glad to get there and get off the plane just like you...
...But those long flights won't keep us home!