Until now the most you’ve flown is 6 hours across the united states. Or maybe you’ve flown from the eastern seaboard to Europe, that flight isn’t terribly long. But now you’re going further than you’ve gone before. Your flight promises to be the longest most dreadful experience you’ve ever had while traveling… But it doesn’t have to be that way. Traveling to the ends of the earth and back doesn’t have to be a nightmarish experience if you only know how to cope. Sure, the best way to make sure that your flight is a pleasant one is to fly first class, but who has that kind of money!?
I sure don’t! Here’s how to survive long flights without wanting to claw your eyes out.
Sleeping your way through a long flight is one of the easiest ways to make sure that it’s not hell. If you can knock out 6 hours by sleeping then, by all means, you should do it. I recommend bringing along some melatonin and Dramamine. This will surely knock you out for a few hours. And bring multiple doses! For there and the flight back.
- Noise-Canceling Headphones
You never know where there’s going to be a crying baby. So make sure that you bring headphones that you can’t hear anything through. They should be so good that if the plane were to go down you wouldn’t notice until you hit the ground.
You must entertain yourself. You can’t just sit there for 12 hours can you? Well, bring a book… or better yet bring a device (an iPad, a kindle, a laptop) that you can download multiple books on! This will keep you entertained… plus if you can download games you should do that too! Or hope you sit next to someone who has one of those fancy Nintendo Switch devices.
Movies are a great way to kill time (or to help fall asleep!) Download something like the Lord of The Rings (all of the movies). Try to stay away from things that are too sad or scary because you don’t want to be sobbing or jumping out of your seat!
- Comfy pants
I know that some people try to dress very nice in hopes of being upgraded to 1st class… And sometimes this works. However, this is not the flight for hoping for an upgrade… because if you don’t get one you’ll be stuck in slacks for the whole flight! Wear comfy pants, it’s worth it.