When you travel, you get to immerse yourself in a new environment, see new sights and learn about life in different parts of the world. Traveling can also be relaxing and can help you to recharge both physically and emotionally. But anyone who travels a lot knows that there is one big downside: traveling by airplane. Short flights are already annoying, but sitting in economy class on a long flight can be even more frustrating. You’ll want to consider this when booking your flight, and you’ll also want to prepare for the flight as best you can before you board the plane. Here are a few tips for when you’ve got a big journey ahead of you.
When you’re booking a long flight, the first thing to consider is the airline. There are two main aspects of an airline that you’ll have to consider: price and comfort. When you take overall experience into account, the Telegraph’s latest survey states that the top three airlines were Emirates, Singapore Airlines and Air New Zealand. It’s also important to know when to book your flight. Typically airline tickets become available 11 months in advance. Within economy class seating, there are often a number of categories of seating, ranging from super saver to full economy.
If your trip is very long, you may want to plan your trip to include a layover for a night or two. This will not only make your journey more bearable, but it may also make your trip cheaper because of IT fare rules. If you plan a layover, you may be able to avoid flights in which you have to sleep. While some people are able to sleep on planes, many people are unable to do so and would benefit from getting some rest in a hotel.
Regardless of how long your flight is, it’s a good idea to make sure you’re prepared for your flight. First, make sure you have all your travel documents and your ID. You’ll need your passport, your tickets and your destination information. Keep these items in a safe accessible place along with your phone and keys.
Since it will be hard to find an empty charging station at the airport, it’s a good idea to bring your own USB hub. It’s also a smart idea to bring a portable battery charger in case there are no available outlets. You’ll want to stay hydrated during the your flight, but bottled water can be expensive, especially at airports. Instead, bring your own empty bottle and fill it up at a water fountain. You’ll also want to bring your own snacks to ensure that you’ll get proper nutrition on your flight without spending a bundle of money at the airport. It’s a good idea to bring protein-packed snacks like trail mix and health bars.
You’ll want to bring noise cancelling headphones and earplugs so that you won’t have to listen to airplane chatter or babies crying. Add a baseball cap or a sleep mask and you’ll be ready to take a nap. You’ll want to bring a few sources of entertainment such as an e-reader or an iPad to watch movies on.
If your flight is very long, consider bringing a toothbrush and toothpaste, as well as a clean pair of underwear. Since planes are not very sanitary, you’ll want to bring hand sanitizer. Also bring sanitizing wipes to clean off your tray tables and your armrests before you get comfortable.
Long flights can be a hassle, but with the help of these tips you’ll be able to enjoy a relaxing flight and save money while doing it.