Surviving a 23 hour flight

“Airline travel is hours of boredom interrupted by moments of stark terror.”

– Al Boliska

I don’t remember when I first read this, but ever since I did, it has been my goal to prove Boliska (whoever that may be) wrong. Traveling by airplane doesn’t have to be boring. The key is to be prepared. Here’s what I learned flying from London to Sydney (I made it guys! I’m Down Under!!).

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I believe I can fly ❤

Bring entertainment.Sure, you can enjoy the inflight entertainment. I watched The Martian, Everest (a nerve-wrecking film by the way), Fantastic Four and two Asian comedies on my trip. However, your eyes will grow tired of the screen, so bring a magazine or a book. Be smarter than me; alternate.

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If you have another hobby, bring it along! There’s nothing wrong with drawing on the airplane. Whatever you enjoy – do it, you have too much time to kill to care about what other people think of your “work”.

Hydrate. I like to bring an empty water bottle that I can fill up after the security controls. If I forget to drink I easily get a headache and my skin becomes dry. I prefer to drink water on long flights to avoid often bathroom visits.

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And don’t forget to eat!!

Stay comfy. Comfort over style (almost) any time. Wearing a tight dress or suit really isn’t worth it at a long flight. Change at the airport instead. Loose sitting and layered clothes can easily be adjusted to fit your needs throughout the flight.

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You will have a technical stop at such a long flight, use the time well!

Move around. Staying in the same position for a large amount of time increases the probability of blood clots. And of course, it’s highly uncomfortable. Care a little bit less about what the person next to you thinks and ask him to move so you can walk up and down the aisle. Choose a time where food isn’t served and preferably before the lights are out. In addition try to move your feet while sitting. Stretch, pull back, lift up, roll your ankles.

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Move around and look at the people you pass and make up stories, or look through the windows and consider if you really have the best seat.

Fatigue is okay – don’t fight it. When I’m tired; I’m really tired. I have a problem with sleeping on airplanes. I twist and turn and no matter what I’m wearing, I can’t get comfy. I have invested in one of those awesome pillows, have both an eye mask and earplugs, but no rest for the wicked. This time my lack of sleep worried me – I’m about to meet a lot of new people and start a new volunteer project, I need my energy. However worrying about not getting enough sleep is probably the worst thing you can do when going to bed. I closed my eyes and rested, and that’s better than fussing or giving up.

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You can’t see it clearly here, but the light in the middle is a thunderstorm. Now I would never have been able to enjoy this amazing sight if I had been asleep, would I?

19 thoughts on “Surviving a 23 hour flight

  1. You made it!! 🙂 The longest flight I have been on was 14 hours, can’t imagine being stuck in an airplane for 23 hours! Get some sleep, and enjoy Australia!!

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    1. Yes, I certainly did! 😀

      14 hours is a long time too! 23 hours turned out to be okay, it was the flight afterwards that I became incredibly tired. Thanks, yotally jet-lagged at the moment!:)

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  2. My longest flight ever was Sydney to Los Angeles nonstop (considerably shorter, but still 15 hours in the air, uninterrupted). First of all, yay, you’re in Australia! I wish I was back there. Have so much fun!
    Second- great tips. I can’t sleep on planes either and spent most of my long flight standing in the back of the plane meeting my fellow insomniac passengers.

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    1. That is still a long time!😱 How long were you in Australia for?:) I’m glad you like them, I’ll try to find some insomniacs too, on my way home. I think that would be much nicer than to look at everyone else sleeping😁

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      1. Just three weeks. Not too long but it was all I could get off of work at a time, hahaha. I’ll take it. I don’t know what airline you’re on, but Qantas had this little area in the back with snacks you could just grab if you got hungry and all the insomniacs congregated there 🙂

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        1. Three weeks is a good amount of time:) I usually spend 1-3 weeks in a country, unless I’m on interrail or a volunteer project.
          British Airways most of the trip, Qantas from Sydney to Cairns. I’ll check if they have a similar spot on British Airways on my trip home!😁

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  3. Good for you to be prepared! I thought I was but it’s not enough… I was so frustrated that I wanted to get off the plane after almost 24hrs flying with 1 transit in Bangkok from New Zealand going to Switzerland. 😦

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    1. Was it better on the way back? Sometimes flying is just horrible, no matter how much you prepare
      24ish hours is a lot of time, and we all get tired. Hopefully you’ll have a better experience next time!!😊

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