It's time to trade in the lightweight layers for something a little tougher...
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Eight hours in a stuffy aircraft cabin might sound like your worst nightmare, but flying long-haul can be a dream with a little preparation and a few home comforts. Follow our top 10 survival tips for long flights to emerge refreshed, relaxed and ready to start your holiday when you touch down.
1. FIND YOUR TRAVEL OUTFIT
This is pretty much a given – just think of an outfit that you’ll be happy to wear after ten hours sat on a plane... jeans, well they're not the one for this.
Remember, sitting still and being blasted by aircon can get incredibly chill...so wearing several loose layers are ideal to adjust your temperature as you fly.
Save your jewellery for the holiday and pack it in the holdall - it'll only set the alarms off at airport security.
In case of emergencies, closed toe shows are better than flipflops and make sure that you don't wear any footwear that's too snug - you'll find out that cankles really are a thing...
2. DON'T PACK TOO MUCH IN YOUR CARRY-ON LUGGAGE
While a few little extras definitely help, keep things travel-sized and to a minimum.
There's nothing more stressful than lugging a big backpack around the boarding area and trying, unsuccessfully to stuff it in the overhead lockers...
Ideally, take one cabin bag and a smaller handbag or shoulder bag, so that you can keep your smaller essentials (water bottle, headphones etc.) within easy reach.
3. STAY HYDRATED
It's easy to become dehydrated on a flight.
Let's be honest - the single serving cups of water served onboard aren't going to cut it. After you go through security, fill your water bottle up so you board the flight with it full. This is the easy way to stay hydrated and, especially with long-haul flights, arrive at your destination feeling relatively human.
4. TAKE YOUR OWN SNACKS
You'll get fed on a long-haul flight, but like most things, it may not be when or even what you're expecting - travelling through different time zones often means you end up with breakfast at dinner and curry first thing in the 'morning'.
To starve off any bouts of hunger whilst you're waiting for the food trolley, stow a few slow-releasing snacks - bananas, cereal bars, nuts and dried fruit are great examples!
5. MOVE AROUND THE PLANE
Stretching your legs is not only necessary for your own sanity on a long-haul flight, but to avoid the risk of developing deep vein thrombosis (DVT).
There may not be anywhere in particular to walk apart from up and down the aisles but moving around the plane once in a while is much more conducive to getting some healthy rest than popping a few sleeping pills.
6. TAKE YOUR OWN ENTERTAINMENT
This is completely dependant upon your airline, but for the majority, you'll find that the in-air entertainment is rather limited...
So, download a few films, maybe the odd podcast, that new music playlist you've been meaning to listen to and set up your own personal entertainment system.
That, or sleep through the entire flight. It's completely up to you.
7. PACK A SURVIVAL KIT
Packing a handy 'survival kit' to take on your flight will give you some home comforts whilst in the air.
To Sleep: Think: an eye mask, ear plugs, blanket and a travel style pillow - as always, though, make sure that you've stowed your valuables away before you doze!
To Freshen Up: A small tube of toothpaste, toothbrush and face wipes will give you the much needed opportunity to freshen up, whilst a small tube of moisturiser and eye drops will help combat the drying effects of the cabin air.
Remember: 100ml and in a clear, sealable plastic bag...
8. CHARGE ALL OF YOUR DEVICES AND BRING AN EXTRA POWER PACK
It's a no-brainer. Travelling drains your battery.
Living in the digital age means that pretty much everything is located on your phone - your boarding pass, accommodation reservation and that all important Uber...
So, make sure to pack an extra power pack - lord knows you'll need it when you land on the flip side.
9. BRING NOISE CANCELLING HEADPHONES
Unless you're the type who can snooze through anything, noise is one of, if not the biggest, barriers to sleeping on a flight.
Noise cancelling headphones are a boon for anyone who wants to actually be able to hear their music or in-flight movie, sleep or just zone out in a relative quiet.
10. SWAP COFFEE FOR HERBAL TEA
Coffee is known to be rather dehydrating and as a result, can adversely affect your rest mid-flight.
Green tea is a great alternative as it'll give you a little energy boost without the dehydrating effects! Better still, some airlines offer specific herbal teas to help your body at altitude. Qantas, for instance, serve delicious Sleepy Tea on request that's made with lemongrass, verbena and chamomile...We'll take a bucket load.