Before that 12 hour flight
Everyone, at one point or the other, starts disliking flights, when we were kids it was so much fun, but now it looks like the worst few hours we can spend, spending hours in that very small space without much free movement or quality breathing air can make some people really edgy. However there are a few things that you can do to try and combat these long hour flights, and the boredom that comes with them, as well as take care of yourself while flying, here are a few things that can help.
Before the Flight
Pack early! Prepare everything days before your flight. Determine early the things you should place into your hand carry. To avoid trouble at the airport and eventually cause you the flight, do not bring any sharp objects.
Leave early from your house. Airlines would normally ask you to arrive 2 hours before the flight. This will give you enough time to find your terminal, check in, and leave your luggage. Passport, airport check, and security check may take too long. Make use of the time to get through all these procedure.
- Bring personal things you need on-flight such as all your toiletries and medications. Bring toothbrush and toothpaste. Bring inflatable headrest to keep your head wilting from your seat once you decide to go to sleep.
- Bring sweaters and long trousers since most planes have cold air-conditioning.
- Bring earplugs and sleep mask (or something you can place over your eyes).
- Get enough rest. Sleep early. If you are flying for the first time, do not get too excited and excuse yourself from resting a day before the flight.
Before your trip
- Drink Lots of Water, keeping you hydrated is a key to bouncing back quickly.
- Once on the plane, you should immediately engage your destinations time zone.
- During the long flight it is important to move your feet and legs to prevent blood clots. You will probably need a bathroom break on such a long flight. Take your time and really stretch your legs. In your seat you can also make circles with your ankles and gently lift your knees up and down to promote circulation.
- Be sure to splash your face with cold water in the bathroom, it's good for your skin and more.
Once you have arrived
- Continue to drink lots of Water
- Stay away from heavy meals as long flights can alter your bowel habits for the first day or so.
- Eat light fruits, salads, anything that will promote proper digestion packed with nutrients
During the day (depending on the weather) open the curtains and windows to let in fresh air and sunshine, this simple step will speed up your recovery and mood
Also, international flights are often overbooked so it is hard to get into the next flight once you missed your original flight. Listen to announcements intently and look for computer monitors. There are instances wherein flight times and gate assignments change especially at large and busy airports.