How To Survive a Long Flight Overseas May 30, 2017 by Ashleigh (Awesome Escape Blogger)
If you've ever traveled across the pond to Europe, Asia or Australia, you're probably familiar with how uncomfortable long and grueling flights can be. Well, it's definitely not far-fetched to think that sitting in the same seat for eight to twelve hours can be a problem. However, there are a ton of ways to make your next overseas flight a lot more comfortable. Check out our tips below.
Bring Your Tablet or E-Reader
Most airlines have new rules for domestic flights that allow for the use of aircraft wi-fi while in flight. This means that you can take the red eye and watch Netflix while in the air on your tablet or laptop. On international flights you can still bring along your favorite device, just use it locally (meaning no internet) and watch some stuff you've downloaded or listen to some of your favorite music. Relaxing tunes and good movies make the time pass way quicker. We know that most airlines will have an in-flight movie, but maybe that's not your thing, so why not bring your own?
Wear Compression Socks
There is a lot of evidence out there that supports the use of compression stockings/socks when flying for a longer period of time. The issue is that when you fly at higher altitudes and sit for longer periods of time, you could be putting yourself at risk of suffering a random stroke. It happens even in young, healthy individuals, so it's an important detail that could end up saving your life. Try to find a pair that are snug but don't cut off circulation. They can be comfortable if you get the right fit and proper material.
Don't Underestimate a Neck Pillow
It might sound like common sense, but you'd be surprised how many people don't bring one of these handy little pillows along for the ride. They can fit easily into a carry-on and you can literally sleep sitting upright. Sometimes they hand out pillows while in the air, but who wants to rest their head on something 500 other people have? You can even get hypoallergenic ones, so be sure to pick up a neck pillow before your next long flight for extra comfort.
Eat Before You Fly
Airports have tons of restaurants, so put one to good use by having a meal before your flight. It doesn't have to be an epic dinner, but you should feel satisfied. Try to, of course, avoid foods that might make you bloated or uncomfortable during your flight. This means that you should cut back on fat and salt in your pre-flight meal and make sure you don't overeat. This way, you won't be tempted to spend a fortune on in-flight snacks that aren't included in your ticket price.
Read Books and Magazines
Although there are devices out there that take all of your favorite paperbacks and compress them into a glowing screen of ideas, it's far more preferable to bring something in print to read while on your flight. Glaring screens can give almost anyone a headache if you really get engrossed in a book, so instead of reaching for an eReader, find an enthralling thriller or romance novel to bring along. Magazines are great too because they pique your interest constantly with new tidbits of info and fit nicely into a carry-on or laptop bag.
Wear Comfortable Clothing
This should also go without saying, but many people are tempted to dress up for flights. You don't have to show up in sweat pants, but try to make sure that your clothes are loose-fitting and comfortable to wear while sitting in a seat for hours upon hours with minimal leg room. Airlines try their best to keep everyone comfortable during flights, but you can make it an even more pleasurable flight if you wear something that fits well and isn't too tight. The same goes for shoes.
Bring Your Own Headphones
Usually, you can buy headphones on your flight when they get ready to begin screening the in-flight movie, but let's be honest, their headphones are pretty poor quality. If you have your own, use those instead. That way you'll have a much better listening and viewing experience. They'll also come in handy if you have tunes or movies you want to access on your own devices while in the air. A lot of the time, your smartphone headphones will also work well.