For someone who cannot sleep on planes, long haul flights can be a drag. For those who can sleep on planes, I envy you!
I always make the mistake of bringing way too many things on the plane with me, making my bag unbearably heavy and spending ages to find the thing I want to find that it is right at the bottom of my rucksack.
So what are the essentials for a long haul flight?
- Music (although it is provided, your own is always better)
- Kindle (if you’re into reading! Although I love a physical book, it is way too heavy to keep one in your bag)
- Entertainment (puzzle books? iPad?)
- Toothbrush (for your own sanity, and for the others around you)
- Travel pillow
- Painkillers (you never know when a headache may appear)
How do you survive?
- Book with the right company! Some companies are definitely better then others, so ensure you do your research.
- Reserve the best seat. Although the window seat is appealing for flying over numerous countries, you will need to pee at some point! Waking people up for a toilet break is always embarrassing so try and get an aisle seat!
- Don’t pack too much in your hand luggage
- Try not to use a rucksack! I made this mistake and everything was so hard to find. Get a bag with compartments!
- Bring your own food – airport food is always expensive. However, main meals are provided as part of the flight.
- Drink lots! (Relates directly to sitting in the aisle seat!)
- Go for a walk. Make sure you get the blood moving!
- Know where your luggage is! One problem I encountered was moving from an international to domestic flight, and I almost lost my luggage in Johannesburg. At check in, request for it to be transported from the start, all the way to the end.
- As obvious as it sounds, wear comfy clothes!
Let me know if you have anything else that could help survive a long haul flight!