When there is a need to travel long distances, such as North America to Asia or Austrailia, or visa versa, normally a long flight is in order. Beyond jet lag and lack of good food and sleep, these 8, 10 or 16 hour flights can wreak havoc on your body and mind. To make the most of the trip, you’ll want to minimise the effect of the long flight. No one likes to spend the first couple days of a trip trying to recuperate from the flight.
As someone who is 6’2″ and doesn’t fit well in most air plane seats, I do what I can to make the trip as easy as possible.
1. Wear loose, comfy clothing.
2. Stretch often.
3. Drink lots of water.
4. Plan to sleep.
5. Bring enough activities to keep you occupied.
Planning some entertainment ahead of time can also help for when you’re on an 18 hour flight and the screen for in-flight entertainment is broken (true story from Danielle!).