Whether you are off on holiday or on a business trip, long haul flights can often be uncomfortable, boring and even stressful. It is therefore important that you prepare everything you can beforehand in order to ease some of the pain and make your journey more bearable. With this in mind, here is a handy guide to some of the best ways to help you prepare for a long-haul flight.
1. Choose your airline carefully
The best airlines are often more expensive, but they do offer a much improved service on long-haul flights. Although you may be tempted by the low prices of budget airlines, it is often better to choose a more up-market option enabling you to take advantage of new measures such as more leg room, supporting headrests and on-demand entertainment.
2. Rest before your flight
If you have to take an early flight or have a lot of time between your connecting flights, a good idea is to get a room at the airport hotel before your journey, in this way you will be able to relax and and rest properly. If you are flying from London, for example, find and reserve your hotel room online.
3. Book the best seat you can afford
It is really important that you do all you can to ensure a reasonable level of comfort during your flight. In most cases, you will be able to select your seat online during the booking process but this will often include an additional fee. However, some airlines offer free seat selection twenty four hours before departure.
4. Avoid flying at peak times
If you choose to fly at peak times you will most likely experience poorer customer service alongside more noise, disturbances and general chaos. By choosing a non-peak flight you are also more likely to get a better deal in terms of pricing. Try to avoid flying during school holidays and weekends where possible.
5. Wear comfortable clothing
When taking a long-haul flight you should always dress comfortably. You will most likely want to sleep for some of the time, so consider footwear that can be slipped on and off with ease and clothing that is loose fitting or has a good amount of stretch to it in order to not be restricting in any way. Consider natural fibres such as cotton and wool as they tend to be the most comfortable when travelling.
6. Pack plenty of food
Although most long-haul flights provide decent meals, it is always advisable to pack extra snacks especially if you are a picky eater or like to eat at regular intervals during the day. By doing so, you will cover all eventualities should the on-flight meal not be to your liking whilst avoiding upsetting your stomach by changing your routines.
By taking these aspects into consideration you will be well on the way to successfully preparing for your long-haul flight.