Traveling to a new far off land for vacation (or for work) is always exciting, until you get to the airport. The lines, the cramped airplane seat, and the long flight can make for quite a miserable time! But I’ve put together a few tips to hopefully make your trip (and accompanying long haul flight) a little better.

Book an early flight

Not only are early morning flights less likely to be delayed, but they also tend to be quieter, as most people haven’t quite woken up yet. And if you’re like me, who doesn’t tend to get much sleep the night before a flight (missed flight anxiety is real), you’ll start your flight off with some much needed sleep. That’s 2-3 hours of your flight passed, right there!

Eat Before Your Flight

Although most long haul flights do serve meals, there generally is a delay and depending on the size of your plane and where you’re seated, it could potentially be a while before you get to eat. Bring snacks or order some food to eat at the gate before you board, and you won’t have to start your long day off hangry and waiting on airplane food.


Sleep!

Listen. Its all fine and good if you’re the type of person who is actually productive on flights. If you have school work, or work work to do, then by all means, get it done! But with that said, Sleep is always one of the best ways to pass the time. Invest in a good travel pillow, one that isn’t too rigid and can be manipulated to fit whichever seat you’re crammed into.

Get Up!

Not only is remaining seated for your whole flight super boring, but it can be detrimental to your health. Sitting still for extended periods of time can affect your blood circulation, which can lead to blood clots. You should get up to stretch or at least move around a little bit to boost circulation and prevent stiff muscles.

Watch Movies/Read a Book

Of course this list wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the in-flight entertainment that most airlines provide. Lots of airlines provide an extensive selection of movies, TV shows, games and music for you to enjoy during your flight. I don’t know about you, but I often end up catching up on movies and shows that I’ve been meaning to watch forever.