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In-flight Tips for Long Haul Flights

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					So are there any in-flight tips that can assist to make that long, long flight.... (in coach
or economy for most of us) more bearable?
  When we talk to people about where we've been or where we're going, we often hear
something like, "I'd love to go there and see that, but I just can't stand those long
flights."
  ....And sometimes they're talking about flights that are only 4 to 5 hours long!
  We have a friend in New York who worked for QANTAS for years.... She used to
say that she didn't like those "short flights".... that they didn't give you time to set up
housekeeping! She had made up her mind that since she was going to be taking long
flights.... and I'm talking about 10 to 15 hours long here... that she would enjoy them.
  I think much of the time, whether you enjoy your flight or not depends on your state
of mind. That goes for all of travel. If you look for the positive, that's what you'll find
most of the time.
  But let's look at those long flights. What can you do, and what should you do to
survive them.
  The first in-flight tip you'll read anywhere is drink lots of water and juices.... I know,
then you have to fight the lines for the restrooms.... but drinking lots of water will
keep you more hydrated in that dry aircraft cabin air... and you should be getting up
and walking around every so often anyway.
  Avoid drinking alcohol. I know, you're on vacation, and maybe it helps you unwind.
You may even think it helps you sleep... but the fact is it dehydrates you, and if you
have too much, it disrupts your sleep. You may fall asleep at first, but then you'll wake
up and feel worse. If you want to celebrate your trip with a drink... limit it to one, and
remember what we said about drinking lots of water!
  Do exercises in your seat.... almost all the airlines give you tips on these. Try them
out. The exercises and the walks to the restrooms will help prevent deep vein
thrombosis.... you may have heard it called economy class syndrome. It's rare, but you
might as well do what you can to prevent it. Those exercises will make you feel better
when you land anyway.
  Try to sleep. Dress comfortably for your flight. Avoid tight fitting clothes. (I have to
offer an opinion here... we think you can dress comfortably and still look nice.) Use a
mask and earplugs if that helps. Take one of those neck pillows if it will help you get
more comfortable. Some people take sleeping pills or melatonin. Others just take
over-the counter sleeping aids. I'm lucky. I've never had a problem sleeping on a
plane.
  Take a book or something to entertain yourself. Even if you do sleep, you're not
going to sleep for 10 or 15 hours. Airlines offer movies and music on their long flights.
More and more offer movies on demand, so you can find something you like.
  One last in-flight tip... we try to avoid caffeine until the end of the flight... then we
figure we'll need a little boost to get us going through customs and get on with the trip.
We're always glad to get there too, but those long flights won't keep us home!
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