How to deal with long-haul flights to stay in good shape?
You’ll hear people complaining after their long-tiring flights, ‘Life is a journey, not a destination – My foot!’ Well, that is because they were unfortunate to plan properly for such a trip. We have a quote for them: ‘We don’t plan to fail, we fail to plan’. If you’re embarking on a transcontinental flight with no experience, sitting in a giant tube for several hours with lots of strangers, then this read will help you get started on the right track.
If you’re travelling for business purposes, or who is a light sleeper and doesn’t wish to be slightly disturbed, then the recommended advice is to book for business class or first class. By doing so, you’ll eliminate a lot of worries pertaining to passengers and get a flatbed to have a comfortable sleep.
Get Your Best Seat
This will help you in 3 ways and you’ll thank yourself in the future for it. Book your flight seats as early as you can in order to get an aisle seat. What are those 3 benefits?
- You will need to use the bathroom since you’ll be hydrating frequently on water.
- To avoid DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis- blood clot in veins due to slow blood circulation) and fatigue from sitting in place constantly, you will need the aisle seat to walk around, stretch and stand to get blood pumping.
- Not getting sun in your eyes from the window panel when you need to take naps.
Once On Board, Synch Your Time
Since you’re passing through many time zones, you must schedule your time according to the destination’s time zone. But be sure to do this after you enter the plane because if you don’t, you’ll either sleep irregularly or miss your flight altogether. This will help your mind to adapt to the destination’s time zone and will regulate your body’s circadian rhythm; A simple, yet effective method, to prepare yourself and not be grouchy/ after departure.
The question arises: If I’m going to be in air for more than 10 hours, when do I sleep? Before travelling, stay up late and sleep before you’re ready to board your plane (taking into account traffic). It is advisable to not tire yourself so that you can sleep on the plane for the whole journey. When you land, take a few naps to get yourself re-energized and jumping for the day’s activities you have planned!
When you’ve slept well before your journey, your mind will be wondering how to spend the next 12-15 hours. A typical suggestion would be to binge-watch movies on the flight’s entertainment and let the hours fly by (pun intended). While it is a good way to spend many hours to not get bored, it shouldn’t be done too much. After all, you have to deal with the inevitable jet-lag and the dreary eyes that come with it. Pick up your list of books to read and bring your favorite choice to immerse yourself in a whole new world. If 2-3 books take unnecessary space, then just download an e-version of them onto your laptops or phones. For this, make sure your devices are all charged up.
What to Bring?
If you are unfortunate to not get business or first class, then no need to be disheartened. You can deal with inconsiderate passengers, screaming babies or light emanating from other’s iPads when you are trying to sleep by bringing the essentials. Noise-cancelling headphones really do work to get a pleasant sleep. Combined with a pillow from your home (or a neck pillow) and sleeping mask, many of the problems can be subsided.
Hydrate, Re-hydrate …. Hydrate again
We can’t stress this part enough. Remember our suggestion for picking an aisle seat!This is necessary for your body during long-haul flights. When you are replenished, your body will be more active to kick start the day during departure. You will be proud of yourself and even smug when you see others being sluggish and hunched since they drank too much booze before leaving the exit of the plane. While drinking is heavily encouraged, this does not mean caffeine and alcohol. Stay away from them as one is a depressant and the other a stimulant. One thing in common: they are both dehydrating, which goes against this part.
Move Around Every Once in a while
Again why you should choose an aisle seat! This will be convenient for you and others beside you. Sitting for long hours in the same seat watching movies till landing time is a recipe for disaster for your body. To avoid DVT and fatigue, move around the aisle and stretch to blood circulation going in your limbs and brain.
If you Look good and Smell Good, You’ll feel good
It will be a refreshing feeling when you have brushed your teeth and hair and wear a different set of clothes. So bring along toothpaste, toothbrush, mouth wash, deodorant and hand sanitizer or moisturizer, along with another set of clothes. There is no shame in bringing another pair of underwear. In fact, shame on others for not doing it. Also, be comfortable in wearing something that is informal yet not indecent in public. You are not expected on the red carpet to strut on your arrival to your new destination in your figure-fitting clothing. Furthermore, bring layers so can cope with fluctuating temperatures.
You’ve reached a point in your flight where you have done everything we have told you and somehow you still have ample time on your hands. Surprisingly, it is one of those places where you can be most productive (drawing, working on your presentation/excel spreadsheet, writing etc.). What’s more surprising? It is one of those times when you can be excused for not working and being unproductive.
We hope that after going through these tips, you’ll be looking forward to your next long-haul flight with enthusiasm while listening to the moaning and groaning of others about how it will be a never-ending nightmare for them.