Long distance flights can be rough not only on your body, but also on your mind. That’s why we’ve devised a list of our favorite long-haul flight tips. Learn how to secure your optimal seat early and more with our six top long-haul flight tips from American Express Global Business Travel.
- Check your seat.
Perhaps one of the most important tips for long flights, be sure to check your seat assignment before you board. This could help make your flight more comfortable. Check online to make sure you’re not near a bathroom or wedged into a middle seat.
- Entertain yourself.
While most long distance flights will include a selection of movies, it’s also a good idea to bring your tablet packed with a few flicks you already know you’ll enjoy. Between crying children and people constantly moving about, your noise cancelling headphones should always be in your carry-on.
- Keep Moving.
It’s important to keep your blood flowing and your legs moving. Try using bathroom breaks to get a little extra stretching in or take small walks.
- Keep Carry-ons Small.
As checked baggage prices keep on climbing, it’s tempting to just shove everything into a carry-on. However, one of our favorite tips for long-haul flights is to eat the cost and check everything that you can. The bigger the carry-on under the seat in front of you, the less legroom.
- Make Yourself Comfortable.
While we recommend keeping your carry-on small, that doesn’t mean you should neglect comfort. Another one of our favorite long-haul flight tips is to bring everything you need to make yourself feel at home on the flight. From eye masks to neck pillows, there’s no shame when you’re hunkering down for a 10 hour flight. Also, be sure to pack your go-to toiletries for when you wake up. This ranges from make-up and hairspray to toothbrush and toothpaste.
- Travel Rested.
While some people are blessed with the ability to sleep anywhere, you should never count on sleeping on a plane. From turbulence to just regular ole insomnia, any number of things can keep you from your well-deserved sleep on the plane. Be prepared and make sure you’re ready for anything, including a long-sleepless night.