As an expat in Asia, you’ll need to get used to long-haul flights if you haven’t already. Whether you’re moving out there soon, expected to travel overseas for work or are planning on visiting friends and family at home during the holidays, long-haul flights are unavoidable.

Any flight over 8 hours can put your body and mind to the test, so it’s best to brush up on our top tips for surviving the ordeal.

Dress for comfort

While we always want to look our best, even in the airport, dressing in practical and comfortable clothing can make a long-haul flight feel much more bearable.

Swapping tight-fitting clothes such as a business suit or jeans will allow you to move about more freely and for your limbs to breathe. Loose trousers, t-shirts and tracksuit bottoms are always a good choice for a comfortable journey.

Stock up on movies

When it comes to passing the time on flights, movies and TV shows are your best friends. There are a wide number of apps that you can use to download films and episodes for the journey. In addition, most airlines now offer in-flight entertainment, with a TV screen in the back of every seat. So make sure you download a few things you want to watch before your flight and invest in a good pair of headphones.

Books and magazines are also a great way to pass the time, while bringing a small amount of work with you can also help to stay occupied.

Stay hydrated and watch your drinks

In-flight drink choices can hold a surprisingly strong influence on how you feel throughout the flight and even after you’ve arrived at your destination. The environment of the plane with its lack of air and constant flow of air conditioning can increase the chances of becoming dehydrated.

Simply making sure you drink enough water when you’re in the air will go a long way to keeping you feeling fresh and hydrated for the duration. At the same time, beware that too much tea, coffee and energy drinks will dehydrate you, so it’s a smart idea to keep these drinks to a minimum. The same can also be said for alcohol, while you should always remember that the effect of an alcoholic drink in the air is equivalent to two drinks back on the ground.

Get up and walk around

One of the most challenging aspects of a long-haul flight is having to sit down for such a long period of time. While space is a bit hard to come by on a passenger plane, it’s important that you stretch your legs every now and again during the journey.

Even walking to the bathroom and back can help to keep the circulation in your legs flowing, stave off the threat of DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) and even help to tire you out if you’re struggling to nod off.

Try to sleep

Everybody wishes they could have their own bed for a few hours when they’re in the middle of a long-haul flight, but as long as you do things right you should be able to catch a few winks.

While it may be tempting to assume getting onto the plane having not slept much the night before will help you fall asleep quicker, however this is a bold gamble. If, for any reason, you were unable to sleep during the flight, you’d feel twice as sleep deprived arriving at your destination. For this reason, it’s always good to board the plane well-rested.

When you’re preparing yourself for sleep, switch off your light and recline your seat if possible, while headphones or ear plugs will help to drown out any distracting noise. Bringing your own blanket and travel pillow could also make all the difference in terms of comfort and help you drift off quicker.


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