If you have flown long haul flights then you know they aren’t a piece of cake. Everyone’s definition of long haul is different. Some people feel anything over 3 hours is too much, while others go well beyond doing 12 plus hours. It’s a good idea to do some research into exactly what happens with long haul flying, as it can have a variety of effects on the mind and body, but there are plenty of ways you can prepare to make it easier for yourself. Here are some tips for surviving long haul flights.
I have been meeting more and more people who have never flown on an airplane before. Then I meet others who rarely ever fly. Many of them were confused and a bit nervous about what to expect. So I have some tips for flying the friendly skies. I also have asked a couple of great travel bloggers and a flight attendant their tips.
You are allowed 1 personal item and 1 carry-on bag. Personal items are purses or murses (man bag), camera bags, computer bags, book bags, etc. This bag typically will go under the seat in front of you. You should always carry valuable items in your carry-on bag. Never put jewelry or electronics in your checked bag. They could get damaged or even worse stolen. Here are some essential items I think you should consider bringing in your carry-on.
Usually a carry-on bag is a small suitcase or small duffel. It is always a good idea to have an extra outfit and some of your toiletries in your carry-on bag. It is a great precaution because you never know if you will get separated from your checked bag. You also never know, you may need something out of the bag that you couldn’t fit in your personal item.
Most airlines charge for bags, so check your airline carrier’s website. Also check their website for size and weight restrictions so you aren’t charged more for a bag that is too big or too heavy. Be mindful of the liquids you pack. No liquids and creams over 3 oz can go through TSA . They will either ask you to check the bag or throw it in the garbage.
Many airplanes are equipped with wi-fi, but if you want to use it you will have to purchase it. If you plan to keep your phone on to listen to music, take pictures, or just because, keep it on airplane mode. It will help preserve your battery. Above your seat is a light, air, and a call button in case you need to signal a flight attendant.
I have been flying since I was a baby but as an adult I have several tips for newbies.
Book non stop flights whenever possible. I love to travel, but dislike flying. Therefore, I will book nonstop flights to avoid several take offs and landings. Also, it can be very stressful making connecting flights in large airports or if any of your flights are delayed or even cancelled!
Dress warm or bring a sweater, socks or a blanket in your carry on bag. Airplanes are freezing!
Airport food & drinks may be costly, but will still be less than purchasing on most airlines. Many do not offer food for purchase anymore and some airlines like Spirit charge you just for water. If the flight is delayed and you are grounded or rerouted, airlines do not serve food or drink so you need to be prepared. Also, be careful while using public wifi in cafes. Anyone could be lurking around, trying to steal data and work from anyone. That’s what some people are there for. If you want to find out how to use public wi-fi safely, do your research before you go or ask whoever is in charge of the cafe or building you are using the internet at. Best to be safe than sorry.
Wear airport-friendly shoes because, unless you are TSA PreCheck, you will have to remove your shoes (so spare yourself the mean looks from fellow travelers in line behind you).
Before you get on the plane, think about what best occupies you and keeps you calm. Download books, music, movies, or podcasts–on your iPad, not your phone or your battery will likely be dead by the time you reach your destination– before you get to the airport.
If you are a sleeper on the plane (like me), be sure to pack an eye mask and travel pillow, and try not to sit at the very back of the plane, where there is the most foot traffic from the flight attendants and the restrooms.
Samantha former Flight Attendant Tips
Make sure all needed travel documents are packed and ready in an easy and accessible place. Whatever baggage you are taking, make sure you have everything and not looking for something last-minute.
Have a snack so you aren’t starving throughout the check in process. Be conscious of the clothes you are wearing. It can make the process of gong through security easier and faster. Also be proactive and know a little about the departing airport and gate. This will keep you from running around the airport.
Hopefully these tips and tricks will help you be on your way for your first or next flight! It seems like a lot, but it isn’t that bad. Just be patient and prepared. Thank you to Nadeen, Tyra, and Samantha for their great tips!
For those who do fly often what tips or tricks do you have? For those who haven’t flown or not as often what questions do you have?
It seems that many people have been or will be flying on Etihad this year to their numerous destinations. I had never flown them until recently when I went to Abu Dhabi. To make future trips for others smooth, I decided to give some insight on my experience. These are some things to know before you fly through my own experiences and what I learned.