“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!!).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.