We all have our little secrets for long flights. Mine is very simple, use my frequent flyer miles for an upgrade to First Class. It solves many problems. But, there is still the matter of filling a long time span, in a confined place, particularly now in the Covid era. Here are some other hints, no matter where you sit.
- Get a good seat. If you are like me, and want an aisle, or if you do not want to be disturbed, get a window seat. Whichever you prefer, do it when you book your flight. Pay extra if you must. And you must! Some long legged passengers prefer the exit row. My only problem with the exit row area is the seats do not recline! So, choose wisely, and stay away from the galleys and toilets, both for the noise and the odiferous distractions.
- I always bring my own snacks, usually trail mix that I make myself, mints, an energy bar or two, maybe some homemade cookies. I hate the crap they give out on the place or sell at the airport shops.
- I am a firm believer in Bose headphones, or any top quality headset. Need I say more? And keep them clean! It is about the only time I will watch a movie or two.
- A good book is essential, but I always bring TWO. Why? One, for very light reading, like a John Grisham novel, and two, something more substantial, if I am in the right mood. Several magazines also travel well, as does your travel guide for your destination.
- Neck pillows can be a godsend, if you have neck problems like I do. Pillows are a difficult commodity to find now on Covid era flights. An inflatable takes up less space, but are not as comfy as a foam pillow. Take your pick!
- Fluids, like water are best, though I usually start with a glass of sparkling wine or champagne. It is part of my flying ritual. Bring your own bottle of water if you want to stay hydrated throughout the flight.
- Medication is your best friend, when people around you are noisy, or if you want to sleep. I usually get a low dose sleeping pill from my doc. I can usually get 3 to 5 hours sleep on most flights.
- Warm clothes can help on long flights, in lieu of the hard to find airline blankets. I bring a light jacket, wear long pants (no shorts), and shoes WITH socks. Some people need even more, so they bring a shawl, heavy scarf, or light blanket.
Did I forget anything?