With the world opening up and restrictions easing across many countries, many of us are opening our minds up to the idea of travelling again. But two or three years out of the game can leave even the most confident traveller in need of some travel tips.
If you feel a little out of practice, don’t worry. It’s normal. And we’re here to give you a helping hand.
Here are 5 things not to do on a long-haul flight.
The title of this section might be misleading. But remember, this is a list of things NOT to do. Complimentary alcohol drinks 35,000 feet high might be tempting but go easy. It’s really not worth it.
Firstly, long flights can easily dehydrate you so keep that in mind if you’re having a tipple. Try to have at least one glass of water with every alcoholic drink and limit your overall intake to one alcoholic drink every two hours. Maximum. Trust us. You don’t want to get merry and embarrass yourself on a flight. And you really don’t want to land with a hangover. Ouch. Be sensible and stay hydrated.
Now, this section is all about sitting still and not sitting still. Confused? Bear with us. If you’re sitting in your seat, absolutely sit still. Nobody wants to sit next to a fidgety shuffler who’s wriggling about all over the place. It’s basic travel etiquette to just sit still when seated.
But long-haul flights can be lengthy and tiring and it’s easy to stiffen up. So try to get up for a walk every couple of hours—even if you just pretend you’re going to the toilet. While seated, you can also carry out some discreet in-seat exercises. Rotating your feet in circles is great for circulation, as is rolling your shoulders backwards and forwards.
Be spontaneous with the entertainment
In our experience, a little forward-planning on the TV show and movie front goes a long way. Before you fly, look up to see what your flight will be showing and if something takes your interest, make a mental note so you can enjoy the viewing on the flight.
But if nothing takes your fancy, consider other options. If you’re bringing your laptop, pre-download a miniseries you’ve been dying to watch. Alternatively, queue up your favourite albums to listen to or pack that novel you’ve been meaning to read for months. Boredom and long-haul flights do not go together well.
If you’re travelling on a long-haul flight, it’s highly likely you’re entering a different time zone. And that the flight will be long. It’s therefore important that you try to squeeze at least one nap in. Not only will it make you feel fresh on arrival, but it’s also a great way to pass the time and adjust to a new schedule.
Pack some gear to help you get a decent kip. Noise-cancelling earplugs are great for blocking out any background noise, while a neck pillow can really up the comfort factor. If you find light distracting, it’s also worth investing in an eye mask. Flight attendants will also know you’re sleeping, so they’ll be less likely to wake you up for no good reason.
Dress to impress
Boarding a flight is not the time to be showing off your fashion credentials. In fact, it’s the time to scrap all thoughts of formal dress and favour comfort instead. Clothes that cling and waistbands that dig in are absolute no-nos. Trust us.
Instead, wear something that makes you feel comfortable. Opt for loose and breathable clothing and wear a few layers in case you need to take a layer off. Comfortable shoes are also essential. And if you wear contact lenses, put on your specs instead. Not only can flights dry your eyes out, but wearing contact lenses for lengthy periods of time is not recommended. On a long-haul flight, comfort really is the way forward.