Traveling to far-flung destinations is one of life’s greatest pleasures, but few of us enjoy taking long-haul flights. Whether you’re afraid to fly or not, no one likes the thought of being holed up in a stuffy aircraft for hours on end, but there are ways to ease your anxiety.
You don’t have to dread traveling long distance. With a few home comforts and a little planning, there are plenty of ways you can learn to cope with (and actually enjoy) flying long haul.
Here are four tips to make your next long-distance flight more manageable.
How to Cope With a Long-Distance Flight
Make It Enjoyable
How often does life grant you eight-ten hours to just sit and relax? Seize the opportunity to do so while you can, and try to make it enjoyable.
Bring your iPad loaded with movies you’ve been meaning to watch, wear your most comfortable clothes and stock up on paperbacks and snacks at the airport.
You should also reserve a good seat in advance, preferably one with extra legroom. Yes, you will have to pay more, but if you’re prone to claustrophobia, then you will appreciate the extra space.
No one needs to look glamorous on a plane, so it’s best to save your new clothes and jewelry for your holiday. Wear something you’ll be happy to be sat down in for ten or so hours and stick to loose layers that you can take on and off.
You don’t want to be too warm on the plane, but all that air conditioning can leave you chilly, so don’t forget to pack a cardigan and some slipper socks.
A small cushion and an eye mask can also make you more comfortable if you plan to sleep on the flight.
Focus on the Destination
Long distance flying is one occasion in life when you should focus on the destination rather than the journey, so make sure you have somewhere pleasant to stay when you land, like one of these beautiful Ibiza villas.
Picture yourself sunbathing with a refreshing mojito in hand, and try to focus on that image while you fly. On the return flight, think about how good it will feel to return home and sleep in your own bed, or arrive at a new and undiscovered destination.
For those of us who don’t like flying, the actual travel aspect of traveling is often something we have to grin and bear to get to the good part.
Sleep It Away
If all else fails and you really can’t face sitting through a long haul flight, ask your doctor for a mild sedative you can take while you travel.
If you’re flying alone, make sure you don’t take anything too strong, as you will need to be aware when you arrive. Anti-anxiety medications can also be good for inducing drowsiness and helping you relax, so research herbal remedies or medications you can try.
If you plan on taking pills on the aircraft, make sure you alert your flight provider beforehand to find out their policy on prescription drugs and bring a note from your doctor just to be sure.
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