Thoughts from Alanna…
Long flights suck. We all know it. Here’s some of my favourite tips to surviving your flight, no matter where you’re going:
What to Bring
Although you don’t have lots of room onboard, I always bring a set of essentials:
- eye mask for sleeping
- large water bottle that I fill up once I’m past security
- lip chap to last the dry air
- a pen to fill out declaration cards
- neckpillow, if possible
- passport (for obvious reasons)
- a book, my I-Pod, headphones and charger to stay entertained
- I also usually wear a big “indoor” scarf that I can unfold into a blanket if needed, then wear it again when I need to leave.
Don’t drink alcohol unless you want an unpleasant journey. There’s nothing like wine-jetlag to make you wish you never booked the trip in the first place. Bringing your own water bottle makes staying hydrated an easy task and allows you to reduce the amount of jetlag you feel once you land. Cheers!
Long flights usually mean you’ll be transferring into a new timezone. Once you get onto the plane, change your electronics, watch, etc, to your new time. This will get you into the mindset of what’s to come. I tend to have a habit of comparing time while onboard (it’s 7 a.m. now but it’s actually 2 a.m. back home). Don’t. Enjoy your new timezone.
Eat At Appropriate Times
When coming to England from Ontario, you’ll be woken up around 2 a.m. Canadian-time for breakfast. Eating at that hour is usually the last thing I want to do, but don’t skip it! Always eat at the designated times in order for your body to adapt to your new timezone. If you hate airplane food (like the entire world) make sure to buy food once you’re past airport security to bring onto the flight and eat at those times instead. Snacks like crackers and fruit (and chocolate) are always good options.
Aisle Seat! Always!
I used to hate taking the aisle because you don’t have a window to sleep on, but being able to get out of your seat easily (without having to wake anyone up) is totally needed, especially with bathroom trips due to all the water you’ll be drinking. Do not sit your entire flight! Having the aisle makes walking around easy, so take advantage of it and do some laps around the plane every few hours.
Stay Awake Once Landed
Whether I’m coming home to Canada or arriving in England, my first instinct is to sleep. I’m tired. Packing, security, flying and more security is tiring, but do not sleep right away. Force yourself to stay awake until an appropriate hour to make sure you adjust better to the local time. If you pass out for the night at 2 p.m., you’ll just make it harder on yourself in the long run.
At last, enjoy being in a new place! You’ve made it!