You will want to have a rock-solid plan for frittering away several hours of your flight. You want these hours to disappear almost without a trace.
Spring for the airline’s headphones, pay for and watch every movie, bring your iPad crammed with your favorite flicks—whatever it takes. See also our list of the best airplane books; these page-turners can definitely kill a few hours.
Anything that is under the seat in front of you just means less legroom and a more cramped living space for 15 or 16 hours. Don’t bring so much on that you compete for your own sleeping space.
Your body and brain will thank you for every small comfort you can provide.
Don’t count on aiplane as a good place to catch up on sleep—it’s not.If you are planning to use sleep aids try them before you fly with them. These drugs can vary greatly in how they affect individuals, so you will want to try them at home before you rely on them on the plane.
A flight gives unscrupulous travelers plenty of time to size up the location of your wallet, wait until you fall asleep and make a move on your luggage. Secure your valuables deep inside your bags . Consider keeping items like your passport, credit cards and cash in a money belt under your clothes.
Bring a book, watch the movies and try to let the flight pass. This approach is appropriate for the travelers who need to have their wits about them, such as folks flying with children, for example.
Failing the ability to choose great seats before your flight, try again at the gate. If the flight is not full, the gate agent may be able to see an empty row, or put you and a traveling partner in a “window and aisle” configuration that reduces the likelihood of having someone sit in the middle seat, thereby getting you a seat and a half, at least.
The formation of blood clots in deep veins, is a known risk on longer flights. The tips include walking up and down the aisles of the plane; moving, flexing and stretching your legs to encourage blood flow, wearing loose and comfortable clothing; drinking plenty of fluids; and avoiding alcohol.
Follow thes tips during long trips:
– Hydrate well the night before the flight, preferably with electrolyte drinks.
– Don’t drink alcohol the night before the flight.
– Avoid diuretics such as coffee, soft drinks and even chocolate .
– Get an aisle seat or exit row so you can get up and walk around whenever possible.