Long flights can be exhausting. Our flight to my home country, the Philippines on our recent summer vacation took us 19 and a half hours (2 hours from Asheville to Chicago, 13 hours from Chicago to Tokyo, then 4-1/2 hours from Tokyo to Manila) not including our flight from Manila to my hometown, GenSan which took us an hour and a half the following day and the two hour layovers in between each of those flights from Asheville to Manila. But although it can be exhausting, I would still do it over and over again because you can definitely make it enjoyable.
So today, I decided to create a list based on my experience on how to survive a long flight. The three of us survived that long-haul so you can do it too. 🙂
1. Wear comfortable clothing
Both my husband and son wore pants and t-shirts. I wore leggings and a long-sleeved tee. And bring a jacket or hoodie. The plane provides blankets and pillows, but you still would want to have that extra layer because it can really get chilly inside the plane.
2. Wear comfortable shoes
You will sit for long hours in the terminals and on the plane, walk miles to get to your gates and stand in line going through security. Both my husband and son wore sneakers. It was a breeze for me to wear my comfy slip-on sneakers because I didn’t have to tie and untie shoelaces while going through security.
3. Stay hydrated
Experts say air travel is dehydrating so drink water throughout the flight. The flight attendants serve water, but I didn’t want to ask for water from them every time they walked through so we brought a bottle of water with us that we bought at the airport.
4. Bring snacks
They serve snacks on the plane, but traveling with a kid who is always hungry, you definitely need to bring snacks that he can munch on until the next snack or meal is served. You don’t want to travel with a hungry kid, do you? 🙂 I packed protein bars.
Sitting for hours is tiring and is not good for you physically so, you would really need to do some stretching from time to time. Walk the aisles to and fro and stretch those legs or even arms. And do some head and neck exercises while seated too.
6. Bring things that would entertain you
Some planes have a seat-back TV, but the choices of movies or games are limited so bring something to entertain you like books and puzzles. The hubs and I brought books and the hubs brought his puzzles too. Our son had his iPad.
7. Make sure your devices are fully charged and bring the chargers
Either you have plans of calling or texting somebody while on your long flight or just using any of your devices for playing so, make sure to have them fully charged before you leave. And bring your chargers too in case of long layovers or delayed flights.
8. Bring extra clothing
We had to stay at the airport in Manila for the night before our flight the following day to my hometown. We arrived in Manila at 9 o’clock in the evening and our flight the following day was at 6 o’clock in the morning so, we decided to spend the night at the airport. That’s why I decided to bring an extra shirt and undies to change for our trip the next day. But this is a good idea too in case of a delayed flight.
9. Don’t bring too much stuff
Each of the three of us had one carry-on bag. A backpack for my son where we put his iPad, cellphone, my laptop, his hoodie, my jacket and his snacks. I brought a medium-sized handbag where I put extra clothing and some other girl stuff. The hubs brought himself a messenger bag which was filled with books and puzzles.
10. Enjoy the ride!
And that says it all.
How about you? What was the longest flight you ever took? Anything you can add to these tips?