Facing an intercontinental flight might be very stressful. Follow our tips and you’ll forget the collateral effects of your journey and you’ll arrive full of energies to enjoy your destination.
BOOK A MORNING FLIGHT
Before facing a long flight, like the intercontinental ones, you should make sure to reduce all the possible stressful situations, like a flight delay.
Choosing a morning flight might help you reduce the eventuality of a delay, which is often caused by a domino effect of all the delays of the day. By choosing a morning flight, you’ll reduce this eventuality and the stress caused by consequence.
Furthermore, if you are afraid of turbulence, you should know that statistics reveal that you’re less likely to meet one during the morning.
CHOOSE A COMFORTABLE SEAT
If you cannot afford Business Class, don’t be afraid. The majority of airlines give the opportunity to upgrade your seat even in Economy Class, using your frequent flyer points or paying cash. If you don’t want to spend extra money, however, you can ask to sit next to the emergency exit. Emergency exit seats have, in fact, more space for your legs and allow you to stretch them.
Other seat rows with additional space are those between Economy and Business.
AVOID COFFEE, TEA OR ALCOHOLICS
The aircraft cabin is very humid and it favours body dehydration, which slows down metabolism by consequence.
During long-range flights, avoid drinking coffee, tea or alcoholics. This kind of beverages, in fact, reduce metabolism further. By drinking only water or fruit juices, it will be easier to remain hydrated and avoid the unpleasant effects of liquids deficiency.
Moreover, beverages like tea or coffee might be prepared with non-bottled water and thus coming from the board tank. Always prefer water and other beverages which come in a bottle to avoid the risk of bacterial contamination.
TAKE OFF YOUR SHOES
When it comes to facing a long journey on a plane, you’ll be seated for very long. In a cabin with high pressure, this may cause a decline of blood circulation and leg bulge by consequence.
If you’re facing a long flight, it’s better not to wear skinny clothes. On the contrary, using graduated compression socks and taking off your shoes will help you placate this feeling. Our advice is to try to do some exercises, like walking along the aisle, which will help you improve any unpleasant condition.
KEEP YOUR SKIN HYDRATED
As we already explained, dehydration might be our principal issue during a long flight. The most common consequences are mucous dryness and dry skin. Thus our best tip is to bring with you some hydration products. Lotion bottles are not convenient to pass the security controls, but sheet masks are very handy because of their reduced dimensions, as well as eyes drops, a true lifesaver for those who wear contact lens. In this way, you’ll arrive at your destination with a fresh gaze and radiant skin.
EAT PERSONALIZED MEALS
During long-range flights, some meals are generally included. If you have digestion problems, just avoid the food served on board, but if you didn’t make it in time to get some food at the bar in the airport, out tip is to choose a personalized meal. During the booking procedures, almost every airline allows choosing a special meal based on passengers needs, like a vegetarian menu or gluten-free. These are not prepared in big quantity and less frequently, thus you’ll ensure to get a fresher and better quality meal.
BRING SOME ENTERTAINMENT
During long flights, some free entertainment like music or movies is usually available. But sometimes it might happen that the monitor at your seat is broken or that you don’t like any of the choices offered. Moreover, on some airlines entertainment is on charge.
For this reason, it’s better to bring your own devices, like a tablet or a smartphone, on which to download movies, music or digital books.
Also, always use your own headphones: those you find at your seat aren’t new, they have been used by many other passengers before you.
BE NICE WITH THE CABIN CREW
The stewards’ and hostesses’ jobs ae already stressful per se. Adding rude and unpleasant passengers’ behaviour, the risk is to receive a bad service.
The stress caused by a long journey might make us intolerant, but taking a deep breath and trying to treat the crew with kindness and empathy will help us receiving some additional attention. If the cabin crew will find you kind and nice, they’re going to be more likely to offer you an extra snack or to allow you to take a more comfortable seat remained vacant.
BRING WARM CLOTHES
At high altitudes, the temperature is very low and despite the cabin is air-conditioned you might feel cold, especially if you are seated next to the window (in fact, this is the coldest position on the aircraft). If you are facing a long journey, especially if it’s summer and you’re going to a warm country, it’s recommended to bring warm clothes with you, like a hoodie or a scarf that you may use as a blanket. These items take a few space in your hand-luggage and they will save you from a freezing journey, avoiding the risk of arriving with a cold at your destination and that could ruin your vacation.
TALK WITH YOUR NEIGHBOUR
When you travel on a plane, it’s easy to end up being seated next to a stranger. The best way to pass time, especially on a long flight, is to try having a conversation with your neighbour. If you’re lucky, he or she might be a native of the country you’re going to visit, and there’s no better way to know about a place than speaking with their citizens.
Asking information about their habits and traditions will prepare you to face the journey with an extra oomph, not counting that, if you become friends, you can exchange your contact and ask for advices during your stay.