Flying for 11, 14, or even 16-hours can be very stressful, as are those 24-hour marathon flights. So it goes without saying that you have to be comfortable on such flights, be prepared and take necessary actions to enjoy the flight. Here are such steps:
Gather everything you need for the trip
There are so many items you need for your long flight that will no doubt keep you comfortable, sane, and alive for the next half-day or more. You don’t want to be stuck halfway through a 13-hour flight without a product or medication that you normally rely on. Most importantly, pack extras of any prescription medications and over-the-counter drugs you might need as well as comfort and hygiene supplies
Do not forget your headphone
Music can make a huge difference when on a distant flight. Plainly, without your headphone, you cannot listen to music. Music is the food of the soul. Hence, do not hesitate to invest in a good headset.
Know if you can get Wi-Fi
Some airlines offer free Wi-Fi, others offer it for a fee. Therefore, it is important for you to find out ahead and if both options are not available, you can easily make arrangement for your own WiFi.
Make a work plan
If you plan to work on the flight, download any documents you might need since you can’t count on that in-flight internet. Make sure your laptop is fully charged, and bring an extra battery pack or portable charger. If you use a wireless mouse, pack extra batteries for it. If your work is confidential in nature, a laptop privacy screen may be necessary.
Make a backup entertainment plan
Don’t just assume you’ll watch movies provided by the airline. First, your plane might not even be equipped with personal screens. Secondly, the inflight entertainment system or Wi-Fi failed. Third, the available movies might not appeal to you.
Test everything you will use in-flight
When you’re stuck in a tube in the sky with no urgent care for 5,000 miles, it’s a terrible time to realize that you may be allergic to the medication you just used, or even that you wore underwear that won’t stay put. Use any medication you’re bringing for yourself at least once preflight and do not forget to hydrate.
By Damilola Faustino
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