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How To Survive a Long Haul Flight in Economy Cabin

Travelling to a foreign place is one of life's most thrilling pastimes, but the excruciatingly long journey to get there isn't always as enjoyable. While it's not tough to get through a simple short journey, things become more complicated when you take a long haul flight to travel overseas. Any journey lasting more than seven hours is classified as a long haul flight, with the world's longest direct flight being approximately 19 hours.

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When you're locked on an aeroplane for that long, you need to lay the basis for a pleasurable flying experience; otherwise, you'll be in for an unpleasant voyage that lasts forever. Nothing is worse than being imprisoned in the air for hours on end with hundreds of other individuals who aren't ready for the challenge. Fortunately, long haul flights do not have to be unpleasant.

1.  Dress for Comfort

Everyone says to dress comfortably while travelling by plane, but this is especially true on long haul flights. Wearing uncomfortable clothing, such as high heels, trousers, and tight-fitting garments, will set you up for hours of suffering. You may also want to carry some pyjamas for an overnight travel or an additional pair of clothing to change into before the plane lands on longer trips.

2. Download Offline Media on your portable Device

Do not rely only on in-flight entertainment. In case you run out of on-board selections, load extra e-books, music, movies, and TV shows onto your computer, tablet, or phone. Before you fly, make sure all of your gadgets are fully charged, and bring a power bank for in-flight charging if needed.

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3. Stay Hydrated

It's critical to be hydrated on the ground at all times, but it's especially vital while flying long distances. If you become dehydrated on an aircraft, it may swiftly sap your energy and patience. The reduced humidity on an aircraft causes you to dehydrate faster, so take a large water bottle at the airport shop and drink it more than normal.

4. Carry your Go to Gear

Your overall carry-on luggage should be kept to a minimum, but consider taking neck pillows, eye masks, and noise-cancelling headphones. Your body and brain will be grateful for whatever modest consolation you may supply.

5. Book the right seat

On a short trip, you might be able to tolerate sitting in the dreaded middle seat or right next to the restroom. You don't want to cope with a poor seat on a lengthy journey; it's an absolute misery. A seat in the centre of the plane, near the wings, will experience less turbulence, making it ideal for families with children. If you're flying overnight, a window seat may be a good choice because it allows you to put up a makeshift plane bed and sleep. If you know you'll be in a rush to get off the plane, take a seat near the front. Choose carefully because you'll be locked in that seat for hours.

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6. Avoid Alcohol before and during a Long Haul flight

It's tempting to order a drink or two when you know you'll be confined on an aircraft, but resist the impulse on a long haul flight. The combination of low oxygen levels in your blood from low pressure and a low-humidity atmosphere aboard a flight can drastically exacerbate the effects of alcohol. Simply said, you can become intoxicated significantly faster on an aircraft. That implies that the secondary consequences of drinking, such as a headache or dehydration, will strike you hard during a trip. You don't want to cope with the added stress of a hangover on a long haul flight, so avoid alcohol entirely on these sorts of trips.

7. Load up on additional snacks

When you change time zones, your flight attendants normally sync the meals with your destination, which means you can have a meal when you're not hungry and then be hungry for hours before the next meal arrives. Chicken or pasta salad, sandwiches, almonds, fruit and vegetable slices, and other healthful, low-salt alternatives make excellent flight snacks.

You might also bring pre-packaged soup, noodles, or oatmeal to prepare with hot water provided by the flight attendant. Just try to avoid highly scented meals because there will still be many other noses nearby. Additionally, avoid bringing high-allergen foods on a plane, such as peanut butter. You never know who may have a fatal allergy on a flight.

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In conclusion, mastering the art of surviving a long haul flight in economy class is all about preparation, mindset, and a few savvy tips and tricks. By following the strategies outlined in this guide, you can transform your next marathon flight from a dreaded endurance test into a manageable and even enjoyable experience. Remember to pack your essentials, prioritise comfort, and make the most of onboard amenities to enhance your journey. And when you're ready to embark on your next adventure, consider booking with Travelogues Global. Our agency specialises in crafting seamless travel experiences, offering personalised itineraries, expert advice, and unbeatable deals. Visit our website today to discover how we can elevate your travel journey and turn your dream destinations into unforgettable realities. Let us be your trusted companion in exploring the world, one flight at a time.

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