Apart from squeezable ketchup bottles and post-its, flying is probably one of the coolest inventions ever: You get on a plane and a few hours later,
Apart from squeezable ketchup bottles and post-its, flying is probably one of the coolest inventions ever: You get on a plane and a few hours later, set foot in a place where everything – from the language to the food, and the weather – is different. Depending on how long those “few hours” last, you will have to sit relatively still in a rather tight space for quite a while. Check out our 10 tips to make your next transcontinental or transoceanic journey fly by.
Mind the legroom
Carry-on luggage is great. Until you have to put it under the seat in front of you and your already-limited legroom becomes basically non-existing. Make sure you put all of your luggage in the overhead bin, so you can stretch your legs and feet often and somewhat gracefully.
- Drink. A. Lot. Of. Water. Flying will dehydrate your body, so you need to drink more than you’d do while being on the ground
- Feeling relaxed and maybe a little tired is ideal when getting ready to sit in an airplane for hours
- Learning a new language is not only a good way to pass time, it will also make your after-landing life so much easier
- Sitting for hours is not only uncomfortable, it can also result in dangerous blood clots.
Over the years, I’ve learned a few survival tips to help make the inevitably miserable journey a little bit less awful. I’ve tested countless gadgets and gizmos in my quest to find the best travel accessories for long flights. And I’m here to pass along all of my wisdom!
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“Look, I wouldn’t do a 20-hour bus ride these days, but Singapore Airlines isn’t Greyhound. I flew the Newark-Singapore direct route a number of times back before it was discontinued, and it wasn’t just endurable—it was enjoyable. And I was in economy! It’s an uninterrupted day of someone else taking care of you, like a spa in the sky—that’s how good Singapore Air’s service is.
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Tip: Some people are hesitant to pack a neck pillow because of space. But most neck pillows have a snap closure, meaning you can easily snap it onto your carry on handle or strap it to your personal item. When it doubt, you can always wear it around your neck. No shame.
If you’re flying through the day, an eye mask will be extremely helpful in getting some relatively normal shut-eye. If you’re flying on a red eye flight, it’s less necessary, but honestly every little bit helps.
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Fun, educational entertainment! Podcasts have become one of my favorite pastimes for flying. I just download a few interesting ones before my flight and enjoy them while I’m on board.
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Don’t Miss Tip: If you’re traveling somewhere new, I love listening to podcasts about that country or location to start getting inspired and excited about my adventure. You could even download a couple of podcasts that teach you some essential words or phrases in your destination country, too!