Monday, March 24, 2014

8 Must Haves for Flights Over 8 Hours

1.     Get Comfortable
The single most important bit of advice I can give travelers who will be on a plane for ten or more hours at a time is that you need to be comfortable.
2.    Choose Your Seat Wisely
Whenever possible, buy (or cash in frequent flyer miles for) a ticket in a premium cabin (first, business, or premium economy) or carefully select your coach seat. You’ll be stuck on the plane for a long time, so you don’t want to be confined in a middle seat. If you’re the type who likes to get up and walk around, snag an aisle.
3.    Wear Comfortable Clothes
If you’re flying long distances, you’ll be on the plane for several meals and at least one sleep cycle. Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing or bring pajamas and change into them before you settle in for a nap. Also bring a toothbrush, toothpaste, hairbrush, and change of underwear. You’ll definitely want to freshen up before landing.
4.    Temperature Control
The airline will provide you with a blanket, but you may also want to bring a lightweight sweater in case the cabin is cold. (This is especially true if you’re seated in an exit row, which can get chilly.)
5.    Block Out the World
Your carry-on bag should always contains earplugs, noise-cancelling headphones, and an eye mask. When you want to sleep, you can effectively block out the chatter and lights around you.
6.    Hydrate and Moisturize
Airplane cabins are incredibly dry, so drink beverages, preferably water, throughout the flight. It doesn’t hurt to apply moisturizing lotion to your hands and face.
7.    Exercise
Okay, you won’t be able to do a full cardio routine in the aisle, but you absolutely must get out of your seat every hour or so to walk around. While seated, you can do simple leg and arm lifts to keep your blood circulating.
8.    Work or Play
Prepare for the long flight and be sure your carry-on is loaded with your laptop, tablet or e-reader, books and magazines, or MP3 player.
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