Long-haul flights can take their toll on your body and can be intimidating. However, with the right preparation and tactics, you can make your experience a pleasant one, with these long-haul flights tips and tricks.

I jet set as often as I can and have had my share of long flights/travel days…some good and some bad.  Let’s just say, I wish I would have had these long haul flight tips before I traveled non-stop from Toronto to Beijing, or Washington D.C. to Bangkok or  Dallas to Maui in economy.  

In this article, I’ll go over 10 tips for long flights and aid any useful information that will help you have a more enjoyable long haul flight.

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Before we get started with the long-haul flight tips and tricks, let’s go over the definition of a long haul flight. A long haul flights refers to an air journey that covers a significant distance.

These routes typically span continents or crossing oceans. Due to the extended durations, passengers on the long haul flights are often provided with amenities such as meals and entertainment systems.

With these long-haul flights tips and tricks, you can only enhance your experience crossing time zones. Although I can’t guarantee that you won’t avoid the jet lag, I can guarantee a more enjoyable time in an economy long haul flight.

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10 Long Haul Flights Tips and Tricks

  1. Get a Good Nights Rest 
  2. Stay Hydrated 
  3. Dress comfy & in Layers
  4. Pack all your travel essentials 
  5. Keep your Circulation Moving 
  6. Exercise 
  7. Eat Light
  8. Keep Clean
  9. Seat Selection
  10. Snacks

1. Get a Good Nights Rest

How to survive a long haul flight in economy. You may think that staying up the night before your long flight would benefit you assuming that you’d be so tired that you slept the whole way. Quite the opposite.

Pulling an all nighter will cause you to be irritable and cranky. We all know how many lines you have to cue up in, in order to fly.  TSA, coffee, boarding, lines are irritating as it is let alone with lack of sleep.

Get a good nights rest the night before you take your long haul flight. You will still be able to get rest on the flight with a little help of a sleep aid.  Your body, mind and soul will thank you.

TRAVEL TIP:  If you have long layovers and fly often investing in a Priority Pass will be a life savor.  With the Priority Pass you have access to over 1300 airport experiences worldwide.  

The lounges are quiet, connected spaces to relax or work in, with pre-flight bites, drinks and other added perks that help keep you refreshed and revived.

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2. Stay Hydrated 

If I had one long haul flight tip to give it would be to stay hydrated. Try to drink at least 250 ml an hour or so before your flight. Do not wait until you are thirsty because that entails that you are already dehydrated.

An easy way to make sure you always have water handy is by carrying a Water Bottle. Once you’re through security, you can fill your water bottle up inside the airport at a water fountain or at the lounge.

This helps save you a few bucks as well especially if you are traveling on a budget. I always have a water bottle with me not only for long haul flights but for traveling in general.

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3. Dress Comfy & in Layers

Our third long-haul flight tips and tricks is dressing comfortable and in layers. This may seem like a no brainer but flying a long haul flight in comfortable clothes is a game changer.  

This is my go to travel outfit. Comfy Pants, Flowy Tanktop with an Oversized Hooded Sweatshirt, Comfortable Walking Shoes, and Warm Socks. And always have my Aloha Mini Hip Pack on, it holds my cards and money securely as well as passport, cell phone, and lip balm. It’s cute and convenient.

Not only are these shoes affordable and extremely comfortable but I love the pop of white it gives my flying outfit since I live life out of a suitcase, I sport a mostly black wardrobe.

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4. Pack all your Travel Essentials for Long Haul Flights 

Long haul flights tips and tricks number four is making sure you have all your long haul flight essentials in your carry-on to ensure a comfortable flight. These items include Power Bank Charger, Headphones, Travel Neck PillowSleep Mask, Travel Blanket and Cell Phone Mount.

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5. Keep your Circulation Moving 

Keeping your blood circulation moving on a long haul flight is essential as sitting for extended periods of time can have negative implications for our health. Sitting in one position for many hours isn’t good for us and can lead to swelling, especially in the legs, stiffness and discomfort.

When you’re sat upright and not regularly moving over a long period of time, muscles can become tense and stiff, fluid may collect around your feet causing swelling, blood circulation may decrease.  Long periods of inactivity can lead to blood pooling in the deep veins of the legs, increasing the risk of Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT).

DVT is a condition where a blood clot develops in a deep vein, usually in the calf or thigh.  This compacted with dehydration and a lack of fresh air circulation only increases the chances of a blood clot developing.

To help eliminate and reduce swelling, stiffness and blot clots get up and stretch your legs every couple hours.  This is where sitting in an aisle seat comes in handy.  Take a stroll to the bathroom, brush your teeth, fix your hair, just get moving.

Invest in a pair of Compression Socks, these will help to keep your circulation moving throughout the flight.

Another way to help ease with the pain of being stationary during a long flight is by stretching a lot before your flight.  A lot of airports now a days have exercise rooms where you can do a quick yoga flow and properly stretch your legs and body out.

If you are at an airport without an exercise room, no problem.  Instead of spending your time at a bar waiting for your flight, stretch out in the boarding area.

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6. Exercise Before your Flight

Along with traveling, fitness is a top priority in my life. Exercising before a flight is always a good idea. Not only will it tire you out before the flight but it will make you less antsy sitting on the plane.

7. Eat Light and Healthy

Eating healthy goes a long way especially before a long, exhausting flight. Eating clean and not processed foods keep you mentally clear and your head less foggy.

Putting healthy foods into your body leaves you feeling fuller for longer. Plus this will avoid the possible belly ache you have after eating a processed meal.

Opt for a light, fresh salad with lots of bright veggies. My go to is a crisp caesar salad.

8. Keep Clean

Another long haul travel tip that may sound like a no brainer is keeping clean.  This means keeping a Travel Toothbrush handy so you can brush your teeth on the plane or in the airport.  Having Makeup Remover Wipes to refresh your face or wipe off the mascara that has accumulated under your eyes after a quick cat nap.

Feeling refreshed and somewhat clean will help keep your spirits high about the long journey that you are on.

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9. Seat Selection

If you are flying solo, try to select an aisle seat if you can. This extra space can be beneficial in allowing for more legroom and making getting up and down for restroom trips easier.

If you are flying with another person book a window seat and an aisle seat leaving the middle open. I use this tactic all the time and it’s one of my favorite travel hacks. Unless the plane is extremely full, no one will book purposely want to book a middle seat between two strangers.

If the plane is full and someone has a ticket for the middle seat, simply have you or your partner move to the middle seat. The person is usually very happy to switch with you for a window (or aisle) seat.

I book plane tickets like this all the time and more often than not, Joe and I end up having the whole row to ourselves. Make sure you try this tip for long flights on your next trip.

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10. Bring Snacks 

Snacks on snacks on snacks, I mean who doesn’t love snacks.  No one wants to be hangry or more importantly be traveling with someone who is hangry.  Pack a few healthy snacks that can keep your blood sugar up and get your through the flight.

This is an extremely important long haul flight tip especially since the pandemic hit because snacks on airplanes aren’t as frequent or available as they were before.  A few of my favorite flying snacks are beef jerky, trail mix, cliff bars and fruit snacks.

Long-Haul Flights Tips and Tricks Travel Guides

We all know that long haul flights in first class are much more enjoyable than in economy but that’s not always how life works. Check out the guides below for more tips, tricks and product recommendations that will make the art of flying long haul much more enjoyable.

Must-Have Long Haul Essentials – Everything you need to pack and bring with you on a long haul economy flight to make it more comfortable and enjoyable.

20 Must-Have Travel Accessories – These travel accessories make traveling smoother and more comfortable.

35 Unique & Useful Travel Accessories – Check out the most unique and useful travel gadgets out there.

10 Ways to Stay in Fit & Travel – Easy and clever ways to stay fit while on the road.

The Best Gifts for Travel Lovers – Thoughtful ideas on what to give the traveler in your life.

What’s in my Bag – A page full of my favorite products and treated travel gear. These are products that I swear by and have made my life so much better.

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