Is there anyone out there that actually enjoys long-haul flights? Between the dry cabin air, insufficient leg room, crying babies, and general discomfort, there are about a million things we’d rather be doing than sitting squished in an economy class seat for 18 hours.
But thankfully, for those days when it can’t be avoided, we’ve rounded up a few tried and true tricks that are sure to help time pass faster or at least make you slightly more comfortable en route.
It’s common sense, but we recommend getting creative. Besides reserving an aisle seat and getting up to stretch your legs often, you can even keep blood flowing when sitting down. Some airlines even have instructional videos for massages and movements you can follow along with to fight fatigue and discomfort. If not, try these out yourself. Who cares if you look silly, you’ll be refreshed and ready go to by the time you reach your destination.
Cabin air is extremely dry at under 20% humidity (just think, it’s about 30% at home), so it is best to avoid caffeine and alcohol. They will dehydrate you even more, so stick to water or electrolyte-rich drinks like coconut water and Gatorade to quench your thirst and avoid a headache.
Block everything else out.
Bright lights and loud noises are no match for you with eye masks and earplugs. Tune out your surroundings and focus on sleep as much as you can after take off. We can’t say it’ll be as comfortable as first class, but at least you can pretend you’re there once you’re in your own world with zero distractions.
Adjust to the time zone.
If you can’t get any shut-eye, try No Jet Lag supplements. They’re all natural and homeopathic, so funky chemicals won’t mess up your circadian rhythm. Adjusting your sleep schedule will be a breeze, and you’ll be much less likely to fall asleep at the dinner party you’re supposed to attend upon your arrival.
This may seem like a no brainer, but you’d be surprised to see the kinds of outfits people choose to wear while flying. (Ahem, Lady Gaga.) Keep the materials soft, breathable, and loose. Layering is key for warmth under blasting air vents! And if you simply cannot sacrifice style for comfort before takeoff, you can always change after the wheels have gone up. Not to worry; the fashion police don’t have jurisdiction over 39,000 feet.