How To Survive Your First Long-Haul Flight

I love traveling and discovering new countries all over the world. For me, the further away from home, I get, the more exciting life becomes. Think about it, we could live our entire lives without knowing what’s on the other side of the world, what a waste that would be! So, I encourage as many people as possible to hop on a plane and travel to somewhere far away that you’ve never been before.

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Understandably, some of you may have a few qualms about this. Mainly, you’ve never been on a long-haul flight before and don’t know if you can handle 10+ hours on a plane. Don’t worry, I have some survival advice that will help any long-haul virgins. 

Wear Comfortable Clothing
On long-haul flights, style goes out the window. Don’t bother wearing your nicest clothes, you’re much better off getting relaxed and comfy. I like to wear loose fitting clothes, normally something like joggers and a top – the type of things you’d wear to lounge around the house. When you’re on a plane for a long time, you need to do everything you can to remain comfortable. Sitting down in a pair of tight jeans is not my idea of comfy!

Bring A Decent Sized Carry-On Bag
Normally, if I’ve got luggage going in the hold, I try and limit the size of my carry-on bag to make life easier for myself. However, on these long-haul flights, there’s usually more luggage space overhead, and you need to have a bigger bag. As a result, you have more space in your bag to bring lots of items for the flight. This includes a laptop, tablet, portable chargers, pyjamas, slippers, a hoodie, and so much more. The guys over on Luggage on Tour can point you in the direction of which brands are best for your luggage needs. Personally, I go for quality over everything else as you need to ensure your luggage can withstand a lot of wear and tear. Now that you’ve got a large bag, you ensure you have everything you need for a comfortable flight.

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View Plane Features Before Booking
I highly recommend you understand what plane you’re getting on before you book. Most people assume all long-haul flights are full of entertainment and amazing seats. This isn’t always the case, so you should use websites like SeatGuru to view the plane features before you decide who to fly with. This site will show you the seat map of a plane and tell you where the best and worst seats are. It will also let you know if the plane has wifi, power sockets, and if there are TV’s in the seats, etc. Well worth checking so you ensure you get on a plane that can keep you happy for the whole flight.

I’ve been using these tips for many years, and it’s led me to have many successful long-haul flights. I’d also add that you should try and get up as much as possible for a brief stretch, and always try to sleep for a bit. Now, you can book a flight across the world and explore a completely new country!

This post is a collaborative effort. While not written by me, Diane, I liked the content enough to publish it here on Wife with Baggage. I hope it encourages, educates and entices you to travel more!

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