So, you’ve just booked your first international flight! Maybe you’re heading off to Paris for some baguettes and wine! Perhaps you’re jetting off to Japan for sushi, and to explore the rugged countryside. Or maybe you’re heading to the “Land Down Under” to grab some Vegemite sandwiches, and explore the Australian Outback.
No matter where you’re going, you’ve got just one obstacle between you, and the vacation of a lifetime. An international flight – which could be anywhere from 8 hours to multiple days, depending on distances, layovers, and delays.
We won’t beat around the bush here – international flights are usually not fun. You’re going to spend a lot of time sitting around, and traveling for more than a day at a time will wear you down.
But international flights don’t have to be an unbearable ordeal! With our tips on how to survive an international flight, you can make things easier for yourself – and get to your destination in style. Let’s get into our top tips now!
1. Get Your In-Flight (And Layover) Entertainment Sorted
You are going to be spending a lot of time sitting around during your flight, and while you’re waiting for your initial flight or connection to take off – particularly if you have a long layover.
That means you need to get your in-flight entertainment sorted before you head to the airport. Most international flights have on-board movies, so bringing a pair of 3.5mm headphones is a good idea, and will help you watch some of the latest releases.
You should also download some movies, TV shows, and music onto your tablet, laptop, or smartphone. Unless you pay dearly for in-flight WiFi, you won’t be connected to the internet on your flight – so plan accordingly.
Bringing a book or two is also a good idea, to ensure you have something to do even if all the batteries in your electronic devices run out.
2. Get The Gear You Need – And Keep It In Your Carry-On Bag
There are a few things you can bring to make your international flight easier, such as:
- A sleep mask
- Travel pillow
- Noise-canceling headphones
- Battery backup for charging phones and other devices
- Packable blankets
- Water bottle
Figure out the things you’ll need to access during your flight, and keep them in your carry-on or personal bag for easy access.
3. Keep Your Valuables Safe And Close At-Hand With A Passport Belt
You should buy a passport belt – full stop. These belts are low-profile and let you keep important documents like boarding passes and passports safe and secure beneath your clothing, and you can also stash your credit cards and other necessities.
There’s nothing worse than losing your passport in a foreign country. So invest in a passport wallet, and you will never have to worry about misplacing your most critical documents.
4. Get An Aisle Seat
An aisle seat makes it easier for you to get up and use the bathroom, and walk around. You may even be able to stretch your legs out a bit more, when folks stop moving around the cabin and fall asleep.
Though you may be tempted by the window, we find that the view gets monotonous around hour 6 of your flight – so consider the aisle. It’s worth it.
5. Make Sure You Stay Hydrated (Bring Your Own Water Bottle) And Keep Snacks On-Hand
Hydration and nutrition are both key for staying happy and healthy on a long international flight. Bring your own durable water bottle. You’ll have to empty it before going through security, but you can always fill it up later at a water fountain.
Also, consider bringing snacks, either from home, or from an airport shop. You’ll be fed on an international flight – but backup food is a good idea if you are still hungry, or find the airline food to be unappetizing.
As a rule, you should also avoid sugary drinks and coffee mid-flight, as these can be a diuretic, which means you’ll have to use the bathroom more often. Of course, this isn’t a problem if you chose an aisle seat!
6. Feel Free To Get Up And Stretch
As long as the “fasten seatbelt” sign is not lit, you can feel free to get up and walk around. Large, wide-body aircraft often have large aisles, so you can walk around the plan and stretch quite easily.
This helps you feel a bit better and avoid sitting for 12+ hours, and also reduces the risk of Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT), a serious condition which causes a life-threatening blood clot if you remain seated for too long.
7. Make Sure You’re Well-Rested Before Your Flight
Sure, it’s tempting to pull an “all-nighter” before your international flight, especially if it’s early. You’ll be able to sleep on the plane, right?
While this works for some people, it just makes most people somewhat irritable. Being well-rested helps you maintain a positive attitude, and ensures you’ll be prepared to face the challenges of an international flight.
8. Refresh Yourself Mid-Flight By Brushing Your Teeth Or Washing Your Face
Even the smallest things can really make you feel more refreshed on a long flight. Carry your toiletries with you on your carry-on, and feel free to head to the bathroom to brush your teeth, wash your face, or otherwise refresh yourself mid-flight. Once you do, we guarantee you’ll feel like a totally new person!
Follow These Tips – Fly Like A Pro!
By following these 8 simple tips, you’ll be able to get through your next international flight without headaches or hassles – and the experience will be much easier. So don’t be intimidated by your next flight. With this helpful guide, you can take on the world!