I’m thrilled to be in Singapore, but getting here was not easy. I travel a lot, but this was the longest leg of travel I’ve ever endured. Departing out of Los Angeles with a direct flight to Tokyo; an hour and a half layover; and then another flight to Singapore; totaling around 20 hours. Needless to say, I was thrilled when we finally arrived safe and sound. I thought it would be helpful to put together some tips to help you survive a long flight and welcome you to share your tips.
1. Come prepared with the comforts of home. I like to bring my own blanket instead of using the airlines, but do know most airlines supply blankets. Neck pillows come in handy, as well as an eye mask, and a good pair of ear plugs. My biggest lifesaver was having a headset to play meditation music for deep relaxation and sleep. For this length of traveling, I highly suggest investing in a good quality headset.
2. Get up and stretch. Sitting for an entire flight will leave your body feeling cramped and sore. It’s good to get up and do a few stretches to keep the circulation going. As much as I would love to do some full on yoga stretches, I’m sure my fellow passengers would not appreciate that too much. However, there are a few stretches you can do that will help such as touching your toes, reaching your arms in the air, and a few hip rolls. You can also stretch from your seat. One of my favorites is to take one foot and set it across the other leg then bend over to feel the stretch in your lower back and hip.
3. Bring your own movies with dvd player or laptop. I generally travel with a small dvd case with movies we want to watch in the event the airline does not have a selection we approve.
4. Pack your favorite snacks. I didn’t have to pay for anything on the Japan Airlines flight, but you don’t want to have to always purchase your food and/or be faced with food you dislike. Just remember no liquids unless you purchase it once you’ve gone through airline security.
4. Time to catch up on reading. This is the perfect opportunity to bring that book (Kindle/Nook) you’ve been wanting to read or get through all those magazines that have been racking up. I love taking magazines so that I can read and dump.
5. Don’t forget the kiddos. When my daughter was young, I use to go to the 99-cent store and buy her a little toy for every half hour or hour of our flight (depending on the length). It was a great surprise for her and kept her busy. Games are great too! These days you can get just about anything on the electronic devices, but I still love a good box of playing cards.
6. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. I can’t emphasize this enough. As much as I like a good alcoholic beverage, save it for the vacay once your there. Drink plenty of water. Yes, I know it’s a pain to get up and use the cramped bathrooms, but look at as an opportunity to get up and stretch.
What do you do to survive long flights?