As amazing as flying is, it can be really hard especially if you’re flying long distance. Long haul flying can take a real toll on your health and energy levels. Jet lag is a real problem, especially if you want to make the most of your holiday or business trip. As someone who has been on countless long flights, I have a number of tips to ensure a stress free flight which might help make your journey more comfortable. Here are my tips for a stress free flight:
What’s worse than being at the airport for a four hour delay? Being there when you didn’t have to be. Check the flight information online in advance and you’ll have a better idea of what’s going on and exactly what time you need to be at the airport to clear security and ensure a stress free departure.
2) Wear Comfortable Clothes
I love to look good – who doesn’t? But flights are not the time for fancy dresses and tall heels. Be comfortable and practical and your flight will be infinitely better. If you can’t let fashion be pushed aside, wear whatever you please but bring a change of comfortable clothes, such as some skinny jeans, trousers and a loose fitting top. I also like to bring socks along as I prefer to remove my shoes and my feet would freeze otherwise. Comfort will make a big difference when you’re trying to sleep on that pesky long flight.
Drink water, and lots of it. Many people make the mistake of drinking alcohol or caffeine before and during their flights. Because of the different air pressure and the recycled air, you tend to get really dehydrated when flying and this contributes to jet lag and fatigue. Try to drink a glass of water for every hour you’re in the air – and using the bathroom a lot is a great way to keep your legs moving while on the flight.
4) Arrive Early
Have you ever had to do a mad dash to the airport? You know the feeling… frantically checking your watch every minute to see whether you’re going to miss the check-in time. I’ve been there, and it’s not nice. I’ve been that person running frantically through the airport, arriving at the gate and everything closing up behind me. My heart was racing, I was sweaty and felt anxious. This is not a great way to start your flight off. I prefer arriving earlier than necessary and relaxing before a flight.
Flying can be a fun experience if you plan ahead, look after your body and are realistic about when you need to be at the airport. Do you have any tips for flying? I’d love to hear them.