Tips for a Comfortable Long Haul Plane Trip

If you're lucky enough to be jet-setting out of the country, you'll find yourself needing to cross off a lengthy checklist of things to do.

This can include organising travel insurance, leaving cleaning tips and chores for flatmates, finding a friend to look after pets and picking up last-minute holiday items.

Another thing that you may need to prepare for are long-haul flights. A flight exceeding five hours can leave you feeling overtired, nauseous and maybe even a little disoriented when you land.

You can take some measures to help make for a more comfortable flight, however, so here are some tips:

Good night's rest

There's a possibility that you won't get any sleep on the plane, even if it's a flight spanning more than 13 hours.

It can be a tiring journey, so in the lead up to your flight, try to get at least eight to nine hours sleep each night.

Healthy snacks

A bag of lollies won't do you any favours during your flight - you need to snack on nutritious, energy-boosting foods!

Try to stay away from snacks with empty calories, such as cakes, biscuits and baked treats, opting instead for dried fruits, unsalted nuts, fresh fruit and veggie sticks.

Refrain from eating fatty, takeaway foods before departure too or you risk feeling groggy once you land.


Getting your fill of water when flying is absolutely essential, as the dry air can cause the loss of a lot of body water.

Drink plenty of water prior to your flight, and when you land. Try to also avoid drinking alcohol on the plane to prevent dehydration.

Wear comfortable attire

Rather than thinking of your flight attire as a fashion statement, go for comfort instead. You'll be sitting in the same spot for hours, so loose, breathable clothing is a good place to start.

Also consider the destination you're flying to - is it below-zero temperatures or sizzling hot?

It can sometimes get a little nippy on the plane, so it's wise to pack a warm jumper or jacket in your carry-on luggage.

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