Tips for Managing a Long Flight

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With vacation often comes excitement, longing and preparation. But once your bags are packed and itineraries are printed out the first step (literally) of the journey is getting on a flight. I have never been one to like airplanes or flying. I used to get sick when I was younger (Dramamine helped) whether I was on a long or short flight – that wasn’t fun. Now that I’ve grown out of it, I make sure to prepare correctly to have an easy travel experience.

1. Hydrate.

Hydrating is at the top of my list of things to do before flying and during the flight. Drinking water helps your muscles from not being so stiff, doesn’t dry out your skin and makes you feel that much refreshed once you land and are off to your next destination.

2. Stay comfortable.

I try to wear something that will serve as a blanket if I get cold, which I normally do. A shawl of some sort or oversized cardigan is my go-to. I usually try to dress in layers also. Sometimes I bring socks! I recommend wearing comfortable loose clothing on the flight and saving the form fitting clothing for your actual vacation. More on this, here.

3. Escape.

 Bring something on the plane that will help the time go by quickly. Whether it’s a good book, an iPad full of movies, or a few magazines, keep yourself distracted. Be sure to pack headphones and a portable charger if you have one.

4. Move.

Get up and walk around the cabin a bit to stretch your legs during your flight. Especially on overnight flights, sitting in a cramped seat for hours on end is not fun! Getting out of your seat will help with cramps and will allow you to stretch personal problem areas.

5. Brush your teeth.

Why should you forgo your routine just because you’re in the sky? You shouldn’t. Take a moment to get up and brush your teeth before you land. You’ll feel much more refreshed after doing so, I promise.

6. Don’t carry on more than you have to.

The seat in front of you only has so much room to store your things. Maximize your space so you don’t have to share it with your oversized purse. Just bring the essentials and put the rest in your primary luggage bag.

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Taking off above Boston

Flights are not easy on the body or the mind. Following these tips will help you have a smooth beginning to your trip.

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Eva joined Wonderlost as a contributor and finds great joy partnering with her best friend Erin! She enjoys the creativity writing gives and loves travel, tea time, planning, spontaneity, photography and putting the extra in the ordinary. Eva wants to share bits and pieces of her experiences to our readers in hopes they have the urge to plan their next adventure!

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