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How to Survive a Long Haul Flight

Let’s just say it- traveling isn’t always easy. That ocean bungalow in the Maldives is not going to be easy to get to. Read on for tips on how to survive the long journey ahead of you.

  1. Wear comfortable clothing
    This one should be a no brainer. If you’re sitting on a plane for 8 hours, you want to be wearing something that you can relax in. I like stretchy or nonconstructive clothing- I’m not going to be wearing my tightest pair of skinny jeans. I often opt for leggings or joggers on the bottom, and a loose or form fitted but stretchy top. Basically…athleisure. If you want to step it up a notch, “paper bag” style pants, or a nice linen jogger with a casual top is a great option.

    For shoes, there are a few key elements that make up the perfect travel show. First off is comfort. Don’t wear a shoe that is pinching your toes or will hurt your feet from walking around in. Secondly, easy on and off. All eyes will be on you if you’re holding up the line and fumbling around trying to get your shoes off at security. Make sure you have a shoe that requires minimal effort to get on and off. Lastly, make sure the shoe stays on your feet. If you’re running off to your connecting flight, shoes without backs might not cut it. Get a shoe that will securely stay on your feet as you book it to the next terminal.
  2. Give yourself time
    You’re already on a 8 hour flight. Maybe it’s a red eye. Maybe you have a screaming child near you. Maybe you don’t sleep well on planes. Give yourself a long enough layover that you don’t also spend your current flight worrying about making your connecting flight.

    There was one time I was at baggage claim in Santiago, Chile, and this girl was freaking out because she had 30 minutes from the time our flight landed and her next one took off. Mind you- it was an international flight so she had to wait for her luggage and go through customs etc. Understand what you’ll need to do to catch your next flight and book accordingly. Please, just save yourself some stress and don’t be like that girl.
  3. Headphones
    Don’t forget your headphones! Luckily you can probably find a pair in a terminal shop, but they might not be what you want and you’ll be paying a premium for them.

    Invest in a comfortable pair of headphones or earbuds so that you can tune out your fellow passengers.Watching a movie, listening to music, or listening to a podcast will help pass the time.
  4. Bring a snack
    Before you board your flight, make sure you grab a snack from the shops. You’ll be glad you have your own water bottle instead of relying on the beverage cart every X hours, and you can snack on something a little tastier than plane pretzels and nut mixes.
  5. Get up and walk around
    Give your body some exercise and stretch. You’ll become cramped and stiff sitting in the same spot for 8 hours. Take a bathroom break, or a faux bathroom break, and get that blood flowing.