Finally Taking That Big Trip? FlightHub and JustFly on Surviving Long-Haul Flights

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​Except for business and first-class travel, long-haul flights are no walk in the park. They’re a laborious but important part of air travel, and are sometimes the only option. In those cases, knowing the best way to approach them can make them more tolerable.  

To learn more, read FlightHub and JustFly’s brief guide to surviving long-haul flights.

1. Wear Comfortable Clothes

“This goes without saying: being comfortable for as long as possible is essential to enjoying a long-haul flight,” says FlightHub and JustFly’s Matt Keezer. “Commercial flights can get cold in a hurry. Passengers should wear thicker knits or a few thinner layers of clothing depending on the origin and destination of the trip.”

Since feet usually swell at altitude, loosely tied shoes are ideal. Closed-toe shoes are also practical in case of an emergency.

2. Seat Selection

The single most important piece of advice in this guide is to choose the best seat available. There’s a method to the madness. Keep these points in mind to secure a great seat:

·         Exit rows offer more leg room.

·         On international flights, the front of the plane often has more amenities for babies.

·         Aisle seats provide ease of mobility.

·         Select a seat during the booking process or when online check-in is first available.

3. Sleep

Sleeping through a long-haul flight is by far the simplest way to pass the time. A few key items may be the difference between being uncomfortably awake for hours and waking up rested in a new city or country. Here’s a shortlist of must-haves for long-distance flights:

·         Avoid neck pain with a comfortable pillow.

·         Block out noise with earplugs.

·         Stay warm with a long lightweight blanket.

·         Shut out light with a sleeping mask.

4. Snacks

Many airlines provide food, beverages and snacks, especially on long international flights. Travelers sometimes end up having breakfast for dinner, lunch as an evening snack and vice versa.

Snacks are a good way to ward off hunger pangs. FlightHub and JustFly have put together a quick list of healthy travel-sized snacks to put in your carry-on:

·         Protein, fruit, granola or nut bars

·         Fresh or dried fruit

·         Pretzels or seeds in Tupperware or a resealable bag

·         Rice cakes, crackers, kale chips, or popcorn

5. Movement:

Depending on the size of the aircraft, getting up, moving around the plane and stretching can work wonders. Passengers should not be discouraged by the lack of space. Here are a few simple but effective exercises anyone can do at 30,000 feet.

·         Ankle rotation

·         Knee raises to hugs

·         Neck rotations

·         Shoulder rolls and shrugs

·         Wrist rotations

Long-haul flights are rough but unavoidable if you’re traveling to faraway destinations. Keep these 5 tips in mind to make the best of them every time.  

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Source: JustFly