Our Top 5 Long Flight Travel Hacks

Dreading your upcoming long haul flight? We know that being inside a tin tube for 14 hours isn’t always enjoyable, but when you love to travel it’s unavoidable! We’ve compiled our five best tips of long haul flying to make your next long flight a little more bearable!

Hack #1: Hydrate

Planes have a humidity level around 10%, while our bodies are used a level around 65%, Which is why you’re always hearing “Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate!” when you are flying. Even though your sitting, and seemingly inactive for most of a flight, it can be quite tough on your body to be in this reduced humidity level.

When it comes to a long haul, think of it as the same as being in the desert during the summer without water. If you don’t drink enough water, your body will become dehydrated, and you can get stomach cramps, it can increase your jet lag making you sleeper, and you can get severe headaches– none of which you want to start your holiday with!

To prepare, make sure you are well hydrated before the flight, starting with the night before, increase your water intake (bonus points if you have electrolyte infused water). We know that airport water bottles are overpriced, and you’ll need about 90 of the small cups of water they serve on the plane to stay hydrated, so this brings us to our first flight hack: Bring your own water bottle! Now I know what you’re thinking, “You can’t bring water through security” which is true, but you can bring an empty bottle that you can fill at the water fountain past security.

Planes have a humidity level around 10%, while our bodies are used a level around 65%, Which is why you’re always hearing “Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate!” when you are flying. 

Hack #2: sNacks

We all know that unless you are flying first class, airplane food is not the best. It’s important to pack a small array of snacks to keep your stomach happy throughout the flight. When it comes to choosing a snack think salt free. Our favorite is dried fruit with unsalted nuts!

HACK #3 The survival kit

The holy trinity of surviving a flight: Ear plugs, neck pillow, & eye shades. Let’s face it sleeping on a flight is the best way to make the flight time seem to fly by, but falling asleep and staying asleep can be a huge feat. Trying to prop your head up with an arm rest normally ends in your arm falling asleep, or waking up abruptly from your elbow slipping off the armrest. There is nothing more frustrating than when you finally fall asleep on a plane and the captain comes blaring over the intercom to give an update, or the person sitting next to you opens the window shade and a beam of light shines right into your eyes. These are unavoidable annoyances of flying, however if you are prepared these situations will not faze you and you’ll continue to get some much needed Z’s. Do yourself a favor and pack these three things, you’ll be thanking yourself by the end of the flight.

HAck #4: Entertainment 

This one is crucial, entertainment! The best way to enjoy a long flight is to feel like you are transported out of the plane and into another world, and what does that better than a good movie, or a great book? In the week before your flight, put off watching any movies that might interest you and instead download them to your computer, or tablet for the flight. Having a bank of movies that you’ve been eager to watch will make the flight fly by. The same goes for good books, don’t spend your nights before the flight diving into a book that has caught your attention, be patient allow yourself to create some anticipation to crack that puppy open on the flight.

HAck #5: pack smart

As for your carry on, pack smart. So far we have suggested you bring: a water bottle, snacks, entertainment, and your survival kit. The final things to add is to pack a change of clothes, for the emergency situations when your luggage gets lost! The last thing you want is to get to your destination and be stuck wearing what you wore on the plane for hours on end. .

Even though our Linwood Weekender Bag fits under the seat we suggest putting it in the overhead compartments in order to make the most of your legroom. Keeping only your laptop sleeve, water and survival kit with you, you’ll be able to stretch your legs out under your seat. On a long haul flight, that makes all the difference

Now that you know our tips for surviving your long haul flights, we hope your next flight feels like a breeze! Do you have any other tips for long haul flights or any trips planned? We’d love to hear them in the comments below.