Tips for Long Haul Travel Journeys – Tips for long haul travel and how to make the best of it, how to travel light as well as stay hydrated and comfortable.
Flying long-haul can take its toll on your body, as you’re sitting in the same place for a long time, and the recycled air drys out your skin and makes you dehydrated. Plus, long haul tends to mean a drastic time change and that can make you feel pretty exhausted, especially if you’re unable to sleep on the plane. Luckily, there are numerous things that you can do to help you feel better on a long haul flight, and a lot of it all comes down to what you pack, as well as making sure you grab a couple of bottles of water once you’ve cleared security and are “airside”.
You usually have a checked baggage allowance when you have a long haul flight, which is different to a short-haul flights where you might only need to pack and use cabin luggage. When you have cabin baggage allowance only, it can be difficult to pack all you need for the flight, as all the space is taken up with what you need for the rest of your trip. But, you can usually pack all of the essentials you need to take on the plane when travelling long haul, as these following tips will hopefully show.
Think of Comfort
Planes and public transport in general are not the most hygienic places. So making sure that you are able to be comfortable is really important. There’s usually some items on the plane that can help (like a pillow and a blanket), but a few of your own things are a good idea too. These are a few items I always travel with:
- Hand Sanitiser and Hand Wipes: These help you and the whole family to have a bit of protection against any germs that you may pick up on arm rests, toilet door handles and much-used glasses and cutlery etc.
- Moisturiser: The air conditioning on a plane can wreak havoc on your skin, especially if you are on the plane for a long time. Just remember to have a moisturiser that is under the 100ml limit.
- Lip Balm: Like moisturiser for your skin, lip balm is something that can really make a difference when you are on a plane for any length of time.
Most long haul airlines are going to have some form of entertainment to help you to pass the time and enjoy yourself. But if you don’t want to just sit and watch movies all of the time, then having a few other things packed in your hand luggage that can keep you entertained is a good idea. Here are some things that I like to travel with:
- Kindle: A Kindle or an e-reader is something that you can pack that is lightweight, and takes up less space than packing several books would take up. You can load a few different books on them before you travel, so you can dip in and out of reading as you fly. I also download my favourite magazines onto my e-reader or iPhone before I travel too.
- Portable Charger: You won’t be able to have your phone on as normal on a flight, and can only have a laptop on at certain parts of the trip, but they can still be used in flight mode, especially if your plane does have WiFi. So if you like to play games or scroll your social media channels, then having a portable device charger in your bag, that is fully charged and ready to go, is a quick and easy idea to keep you entertained, as not all planes have a USB charging point.
- Headphones: There is nothing worse than travelling and hearing someone’s music blasting out. So although you are likely to get given headphones on some airlines, it pays to pack some of your own noise cancelling headphones, so that you can enjoy some peace and quiet.
Being able to make notes or write things down is really important when I’m travelling, so I like to have a pen and paper (or notebook) to hand. Plus, on a long haul flight you are likely to need a pen to complete immigration or declaration forms before landing too. Make sure that you don’t forget to pack things like any visa information if needed, the accommodation address, as well as essential medication, travel money, and most importantly your travel insurance documents.
There are so many things that make travelling long haul easier and more comfortable. Are there any other things that you never leave without, or that you would be adding to the list?
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