Your Guide to Coping on a Long Haul Flight

Jul 09, 2013, 05:40 ET from

NOTTINGHAM, England, July 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

With cheaper and more regular flights around, an increasing amount of people are jet setting to the other side of the World, however for people who are not used to flying or flying long haul then it can be quite daunting as well as tiresome. So have devised a short guide on how to cope with going long distance.

Firstly, if you're flying to somewhere like Sydney, Beijing or Florida rather than opting for a straight flight thinking that you will get there quicker, it may be an idea to search for flights with transfers or stop overs so that you can get off the plane, stand up, have a walk around to get some fresh air.

Keep yourself entertained. Most airlines that operate long distance flights do have in-flight entertainment such as a TV at the back of the seat behind you. However, if you are on a seven- or fourteen-hour flight then you may want something more than a film to prevent you from getting bored. Most people pack away their holiday books or magazines in their suitcase, make sure that you pack these in your hand luggage - you never know when you might fancy a read!

Throughout the flight you should ensure to drink plenty of water, the temptation during long haul flights, when drinks are free, is to opt for hot, fizzy or alcoholic beverages but you need to make sure that you keep hydrated, as dehydration is one of the worst aspects of flying.

Although most major airlines do offer a blanket or an eye mask, always be prepared. If you find it difficult to sleep on planes then ear plugs and eye masks may be something that you want to pack in your hand luggage. It is also a good idea to ensure that you are wearing layers so you can adjust accordingly to the air condition and have a comfortable flight.

Finally, if you can, try and find a flight that sets off at night, that way you may find that for half of the journey you are sleeping and by the time you wake up you will nearly have reached your destination.

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