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Dos & Don’ts when you are on a Long-haul Flight


Taking a long-haul flight is not something unnatural in everyone’s life. Have you experienced what it feels like on a long-haul flight? If not, let me tell you have been deprived of an experience which is both exciting and stressful. Even if you enjoy travelling by plane, staying on the same flight for as much as 12 hours is quite a struggle. Here are some effective tips for staying refreshed in a long-haul flight. Take a look at the following:

Things to do

During reservation, make sure you place your order for your meal and confirm the order once again at the time of check-in. You will not have to wait for long hours to get your meal served by the flight attendants. You do not need to hurry while having the meal. The trays are not cleared quickly, so take your time and enjoy your meal peacefully watching a movie.

When on a long-haul flight, you are bound to feel like freshening up. So, it is handy to carry a mini set of toiletries. Prepare a list of things that you use and pack them in your backpack or carry-on luggage. It feels great to board the plane fresh and energetic and step in the destination airport looking bright and less stressed.

Is it possible to relax on a long-haul flight wearing tight-fitted jeans and high heels? The answer is certainly no. The best idea is to carry some comfortable clothes, so that you can change into them and sit back comfortably and have a good sleep. If you do not want to be in the same clothes for near about two days of your flight, you should bring with you another outfit. Pack it in the same bag where you pack the other necessities.

Who doesn’t want a window seat on a flight? There are many reasons for such preference. A window seat is the most comfortable place on the plane. Neither you will disturb your fellow passengers nor you will be disturbed by them. When you wish to take a nap, you will not get troubled by people taking a walk up and down the aisles. It is a bit annoying to continually stand up to let people leave their seat and reach to their bags and go to the washroom. Therefore, at the time of booking, inquire for a window seat.

Things not to do

It is wise to give vent to your vexation by behaving rudely to the flight attendants. It is right that you spend a long time on a flight, but it is also true that they are also performing their job for the same time-period. If you have any problem, it is better to deal with that politely rather than being rude. Keep in mind that it will take a lot of time to reach your destination, so try to maintain a less-stressful environment.

Make sure you do not invade your fellow passenger’s space even unknowingly. When you are lowering back your seat to a lying-down position, be careful that it does not pose problems to the passenger sitting behind. Many passengers have the bad habit of using the shoulder of the person sitting next as their pillow. These are the worst things a passenger can expect to tolerate on a long-haul flight.

Another thing you must steer clear of is to be in a rush to descend as soon as the plane lands. It does not make any sense as the doors will be closed and the luggage will be in the hold till the plane is parked. You have to stand for half-an-hour waiting to get off the aircraft and this will do nothing well, but add to stress and irritation. The wise thing to do is to sit back and relax.

Just staying seated and sleeping for the whole time of a long-haul flight is not good for your body. If you do not want to experience muscle pain, do take a walk and stretch your hands and legs ensuring that others are not disturbed.

If you are going on a holiday or a business trip on a long-haul flight, you may consider these tips for staying refreshed and energetic for the whole duration. Otherwise, you may be in a great need for a refreshment after an exhausted flight journey.

Matthew Naylor

Matthew Naylor, the owner of Parking4Cruises, has years of experience working in the travel industry. He shares an active interest in writing and blogging, especially about the niche he works in, the travel sector. He offers his ideas, tips and suggestions for travellers planning a cruise or flight from Southampton to regional, national and international destinations.

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