The Ultimate Guide for Surviving a Long-Haul Flight

Passengers traveling by a new jet plane, shot from the inside of an airplane

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I think you’ll agree with me when I say that long-haul flights are a necessary evil. Exploring a new country is amazing, but the flight to get there can take a toll on your body. So what’s the solution?

Keep reading to learn how to make your next long-haul flight bearable.

Dress Comfortably

Shoes that can easily slip on and off are perfect for going through security and getting comfortable on the plane. Wear comfortable bottoms like sweatpants, joggers, cargo pants, yoga pants, or leggings. It will make everything easier. Trust me!

Products for Sleeping

A comfy travel or neck pillow is a must-have in order to avoid neck pain.

It can be hard to sleep if the cabin lights are on, another passenger has the overhead lights on, or the window shades are open. You can block out the extra light with a sleep mask.

Bring a blanket or a large scarf like a pashmina that can double as a blanket. While most airlines provide a blanket, I recommend that you bring your own. This way you know that you will have a clean, comfy, and cozy blanket.

ZIDELI Travel Blanket – 4-in-1 Luxury Travel Set
JAKY Global Cashmere Scarf Pashminas Wraps Shawl
Achillea Large Soft Silky Pashmina Shawl Wrap Scarf
ComfortPlus 3-in-1 Premium Travel Blanket
World’s Best Cozy-Soft Microfleece Travel Blanket
BlueHills Premium Soft Travel Blanket Pillow
Sleep Eye Mask
3D Sleep Mask
Purefly Inflatable Travel Pillow
J-Pillow Travel Pillow
MLVOC Travel Pillow 100% Pure Memory Foam Neck Pillow
BCOZZY Chin Supporting Patented Travel Pillow

Entertainment

The entertainment can make or break the experience. Download your entertainment the night before since airport Wi-Fi can be unreliable and in-flight Wi-Fi is expensive. Check out the following sites for your entertainment needs.

Passenger in airplane using tablet computer

Prime Video watch Amazon originals, movies, and TV shows free with an Amazon Prime membership.

Prime Reading gives you access to over 1000 books, magazines, and more free with an Amazon Prime membership.

Prime Music includes more than 2 million songs and more than 2,000 playlists and stations all ad-free, with unlimited skips and available for offline playback free with an Amazon Prime membership.

Kindle Unlimited eBook subscription gives you access to over 1 million titles. Right now you can get a 30-day free trial!

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Audible is a great resource for audiobooks and podcasts. Right now you can get 2 free audiobooks with a 30-day free trial.

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Noise-canceling headphones will block out the many annoyances that occur on a long flight. You will also need an airline adapter so that you can enjoy the in-flight entertainment system with your headphones.

A portable charger will ensure that you have endless entertainment throughout your flight. The plane may or may not have a power outlet or USB port. And even if it has both, there is no guarantee that they will work. Leave nothing to chance.

Anker PowerCore+ Mini, 3350mAh Lipstick-Sized Portable Charger
Portable Charger Anker PowerCore 20100mAh
Anker PowerCore 10000
Anker PowerCore 26800 Portable Charger
Anker PowerCore+ Mini, 3350mAh Lipstick-Sized Portable Charger
Portable Charger Anker PowerCore 20100mAh
Anker PowerCore 10000
Anker PowerCore 26800 Portable Charger
Anker PowerCore+ Mini, 3350mAh Lipstick-Sized Portable Charger
Portable Charger Anker PowerCore 20100mAh
Anker PowerCore 10000
Anker PowerCore 26800 Portable Charger

Compression Socks

Compression socks prevent deep vein thrombosis (DVT) by applying pressure to your legs and improving blood circulation. This prevents swelling and blood clots.

Compression socks shouldn’t feel too tight or too loose. Choosing the right amount of pressure is important. The first number measures the pressure at the calf and the second number measures the pressure at the ankle. Compression socks are available in the following strengths:

mmHg stands for milliliter of mercury

Health and Beauty

Airplanes are full of germs. Getting sick while on vacation sucks. Keep yourself healthy and your skin hydrated by taking all the necessary precautions. The following will help you look and feel great after a long flight.

Black woman feeling great after a long flight.

Collapsible Water Bottle

Staying hydrated is a priority. Thankfully, most airports have a hydration station where you can refill your water bottle. You can also ask a flight attendant to refill your water bottle.

CHICMODA Collapsible Foldable Water Bottle
HYDAWAY Collapsible Water Bottle
Nomader Collapsible Water Bottle
Valourgo Collapsible Water Bottle
CHICMODA Collapsible Foldable Water Bottle
HYDAWAY Collapsible Water Bottle
Nomader Collapsible Water Bottle
Valourgo Collapsible Water Bottle
CHICMODA Collapsible Foldable Water Bottle
HYDAWAY Collapsible Water Bottle
Nomader Collapsible Water Bottle
Valourgo Collapsible Water Bottle

Snacks

Curb your hunger by packing snacks like trail mix, bars, fruits, dry cereal, or gum.

Nature’s Bakery Blueberry Fig Bar
SkinnyPop® Popcorn Skinny Pack
Pressed by KIND Dark Chocolate Banana Fruit Bar
Monster Trail Mix
KIND® minis – Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate and Dark Chocolate Cherry Cashew
CLIF Bar Chocolate Brownie Energy Bars
Larabar Fruit And Nut Bar – Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
RXBAR Protein Bars Variety Pack
Nature’s Bakery Blueberry Fig Bar
SkinnyPop® Popcorn Skinny Pack
Pressed by KIND Dark Chocolate Banana Fruit Bar
Monster Trail Mix
KIND® minis – Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate and Dark Chocolate Cherry Cashew
CLIF Bar Chocolate Brownie Energy Bars
Larabar Fruit And Nut Bar – Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
RXBAR Protein Bars Variety Pack

Pain Relievers

Airports can be hectic and stressful. Purchase pain medicine ahead of time, so you don’t have to buy it at the airport.

Carry-On Bag

A backpack or tote bag to store everything is essential. This bag should be small enough to fit under the seat, so you don’t have to access the overhead bin mid-flight. And remember to bring a pen, so you can fill out the customs and immigration forms.

“Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable.”

Anthony Bourdain
How to Survive a Long-Haul Flight


5 Comments

  1. September 10, 2019 / 10:03 am

    These are great tips!! It’s so important to be prepared for flights, especially long flights! Better to be over prepared.

  2. September 10, 2019 / 2:12 am

    I like the water bottle, this is really good for long flight. I also like the compressor socks. I have a long flight planned soon, some good ideas on here for frequent fliers.

  3. September 9, 2019 / 6:14 pm

    This is a great list. Noise cancellation headphones are a must on long flights. I find that I don’t read books as much as I think I do, so I always make sure to download movies and tv shows to watch on Netflix when I don’t feel like paying for Wifi.

  4. September 9, 2019 / 11:18 am

    Excellent ideas. 10 years ago I flew on my longest flight from Cali to London and it was so difficult to get through! I’ll keep these ideas in mind for my next trip. Thanks!

  5. September 9, 2019 / 10:40 am

    These are some great pointers. I’m traveling to Bali next year and have already prepared what i necessary items I’m going to bring. Didn’t know they had collapsible water bottles, will definitely add that to the list.

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