9 Things You Need to Survive a Long-Haul Flight

Long haul flights can be a nightmare for many. Being in a small cramped space for a number of hours, in close proximity to other people, can get uncomfortable fast.

Often they’re necessary though — whether it’s to take that dream vacation, to see family, or for work purposes.

Not every long flight has to be a nightmare. By packing some key essentials, you can reduce the discomfort of being on a plane for hours and your flight might even be enjoyable!

Pack these long haul flight essentials to ensure you have as smooth a time as possible and land refreshed.

1. Moisturizer

With the humidity on planes being less than 20%, your skin might dry out. That’s why it’s a good idea to forego the make-up if you wear it — you don’t want foundation over skin that’s drying out, as that’s an invitation for breakouts.

Instead, you should take a good moisturizer with you. By reapplying it through the flight, you can make sure your skin doesn’t dry out too much.

It might even be a good idea to take some face masks with you. You won’t be the only one on the plane doing this!

2. A Neck Pillow

Presumably, you want to know how to avoid jet lag when you land at your destination. The best way is to attempt to set up your sleeping pattern on the plane.

If it’s night time at your destination while flying, you should be asleep.

It can be difficult to sleep on a plane, but neck pillows are lifesavers. Take an inflatable one that doesn’t take up much packing room, or splurge and get a memory foam pillow!

Finding a comfortable neck pillow will mean you can sleep when you need to, and start to beat jet lag before you even land.

3. Entertainment of Some Sort

You may know that a long haul flight will likely have in-flight entertainment at every seat, with a plethora of recent movies and TV shows to dive into. Many long flights even have WiFi now.

While these are nice luxuries though, it’s important not to rely on them. They often break on the flight, leaving you with nothing.

For that reason, it’s important to make sure you have entertainment with you. Bring a handheld game console, a Kindle, or even a good old-fashioned book. As long as you have something to keep you entertained, you’ll be prepared if anything goes wrong with the entertainment on board!

4. Fluffy Socks

The key to getting through a long flight is to make yourself comfortable, but you probably don’t want your bare feet touching the floor everyone else is walking on.

Take a pair of fluffy socks to change into when you take off. This will ensure you can comfortably take your shoes off on board, but your feet won’t be cold.

5. Layers, Layers, Layers

Socks won’t be all you need to protect yourself from the cold. Temperatures can drop significantly while up that high and even if you’re arriving at a warm destination, shorts and a thin shirt won’t be enough on the plane.

You can solve this dilemma by having easily removable layers. Bring a scarf and cardigan or hoodie so you can shed and put them back on to regulate the temperature wherever you are.

6. A Pen

Chances are, on a long haul flight, there will be forms to fill out. Many countries require landing and immigration forms to be filled out before arrival, or a form to confirm you have no symptoms of COVID-19.

Flight attendants will likely have a small number of pens on board, but you can save yourself the hassle of having to wait by always carrying a pen with you.

After all, you don’t want to be rushing the form at the end of the flight because you had to wait to get your hands on a pen.

7. A Change of Clothes

The majority of your clothes are likely in your checked luggage on a long flight, but make sure you have a change of clothes in your carry-on.

With 25 million mislaid bags every year, you don’t want to take any chances. Most lost luggage is found within a day or two, but that still leaves you stranded at your destination in the same underwear you’ve been wearing for twenty-four hours!

By packing a change of clothes and some fresh underwear, you’ll ensure that even if your luggage is a couple of days behind you, you’ll be prepared.

8. Snacks

Long flights usually do serve food, but you should pack your own snacks — and make sure they’re appropriate for the flight!

Sodium will give you stomach pains and other nasty symptoms while up that high in the air, so avoid super salty foods. Carbonated drinks can also give you gas, so make sure any drinks you pack aren’t going to make for a deeply uncomfortable flight!

It’s tempting to pack chips and soda, but resist that temptation. By packing high protein foods that don’t have a lot of salt and some drinks that won’t make you feel gassy and bloated, you’ll feel so much better when you land.

9. A Reusable Water Bottle

Don’t pack multiple water bottles and add weight to your carry on. Instead, pack an empty one.

Most airports will have places beyond security where you can refill these for free. Flight attendants are also usually happy to refill your bottle as long as you ask nicely.

It saves both money and luggage space!

These Long Haul Flight Essentials Will See You Through!

Long plane journies can be uncomfortable but by packing these long haul flight essentials, you’ll minimize that discomfort. Make sure you have everything you need, and your long flight might even be enjoyable!

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