Almost a day in the clouds: how to make a long flight comfortable
In 2013, Singapore Airlines performed the longest flight. The flight was operated from Singapore to new York and lasted almost 18 hours…
At first, due to the high cost of fuel, the direction was closed. However, in October 2018, flights resumed.
In addition, there are other long flights: from Australia to London (16 hours 29 minutes, carrier – Qantas), from the capital of Qatar to Auckland, New Zealand (16 hours 30 minutes, carrier Qatar Airways).
A long flight is not always difficult.The main thing is to prepare for it, then the flight will be as comfortable as possible.
Choosing a flight
Popular flights can serve different planes. If you can choose, take tickets for a flight that runs an Airbus A380. Compared to the Boeing 777, its cabin is much quieter. Even better, if the destination is served by the new Airbus A350: every 3 minutes, the air in it passes through the air conditioners, so it is easier to breathe in the cabin, more comfortable.
If you are not sure that the seats in the cabin recline, and the distance between them is sufficient to sit comfortably, do not take a ticket for a night flight, otherwise you will suffer all the way.
Where to sit on a plane
Before you book tickets, visit the SeatGuru website or similar to study the Seating plan, because the comfort during the flight depends on the selected seat:
take a window seat if you want to sleep;
book a seat at the aisle if you like to walk around the salon often to warm up;
give up seats at the toilet, so that passengers scurrying back and forth do not interfere with you;
choose places near the partition if you are traveling with a baby – you can fix a portable crib on it.
However, keep in mind that you will not be able to hide bulky hand Luggage in such places.
What to do before departure
Wear comfortable clothing on the plane – better a sports suit or clothing made of natural fabrics without hard elastic bands and seams. It is desirable to dress according to the principle of layering: if it is cold or hot, then you can remove one layer. Shoes are recommended to take without a heel. Be sure to bring warm clothes to the cabin: a jacket, socks (air carriers can not maintain a constant temperature in the air).
If you plan to sleep in silence, do not forget headphones or earplugs.
How to prepare your hand Luggage
It is best to put things in a backpack with many pockets. It is important that the snakes function well: if they diverge, the contents may spill out during inspection or when you are putting things on the shelf.
Life hack: it is better that the backpack is compact and fits under the seat in the cabin. Then it will always be easy to get.
In flight, you may need:
minimum of cosmetics: antiseptic, hand cream, lipstick, thermal water, as due to low humidity, the skin is constantly dry;
toothbrush, mini-paste, towel-basic hygiene procedures magically relieve fatigue after sleep;
the pillow under the neck, the eye patch.
Tip: use glasses instead of lenses on the plane. This will eliminate discomfort from drying out the eye mucosa.
What to do in the salon
It is best to carry a long flight in your sleep. But if in doubt, will you be able to sleep:
Take documents or books that have been delayed all the time. On the plane, you will be able to finally complete the tasks that usually do not reach your hands.
Check in advance if there is free Wi-Fi for passengers. View the website of the airline you are flying with. If you don’t like the video files that will be available for viewing, be sure to upload your own to your tablet.
If there are problems
One of the main difficulties faced by passengers is increased pressure in the cabin. Because of it, a headache can develop, often laying the ears. To minimize discomfort, you can simply open your mouth at such times.
Life hack: if the ears are laid systematically, do not use earplugs. From them, against the background of high pressure, pain in the ears can develop.
Some passengers get seasick from flying too long. People who are constantly faced with such situations know what to do. For the rest, experts give standard advice: lie down, distract yourself, start breathing through your mouth, take mints or stock up on medicines from the pharmacy in advance.