Before the last month, The longest flight id ever been on was about 4 hours to Costa Rica. But after my recent trip to Europe, I feel like I can shed some more light on the fear of long flights and tips to get you through it!
I’d like to preface this by saying that flying makes me quite nervous. No matter how many flights I’ve been on – well over 30 in the past year, and 10 in the last month – I always get slightly scared the day of the flight. I absolutely hate take off.. Well, I hate pretty much all of it except landing. Until now! Long flights really are a great chance to unwind and disconnect from the world. You have no excuse but to have some you time and get excited for the destination ahead.
1. Check to see if your flight has entertainment. If you’re flying overseas, wifi may not be available. See if you can find out if your plane will have in flight movies or individual entertainment TVs so you can be prepared. My 6 hour flight to London had none of the above and I mistakenly didn’t download any movies! My 8 hour flight back had both, and it was extremely enjoyable. Be prepared, and if you won’t have entertainment provided, download some of your favorite shows, movies, or playlists to keep you occupied on a personal device.. And keep those in your personal item under your seat.
2. Flying is actually really safe. It’s easy to be a little intimidated by the idea of flying in the air for hours on end, but seriously, it’s a lot safer than driving your car to school or work everyday. The chances of an accident are about the same as winning the lottery (or less), so try to relax and enjoy soaring through the sky! Plus, once you get up to 36,000 feet, there’s not really anywhere you can go. This might be getting a little philosophical, but sometimes it helps to just accept where you are and live.
3. Have your necessities. For me, this means making lists a couple weeks ahead of time. I’ll still inevitably forget something, but it’s the thought that counts, right? (Kidding, don’t forget anything) You’ll need..
- An eye mask, even if you don’t sleep on planes
- A neck pillow. They’ll give you a pillow, but it’s not nearly as comfortable.
- Comfortable shoes
- A scarf/blanket. Again, they’ll give you one, but it can get chilly – especially if you try to sleep
- Skin care. Face wipes can go a long way when you land!
- Ear plugs if you’re a light sleeper or can’t stand the sound of planes
4. Take advantage of the amenities. You’ll get free hot meals (if this is a long enough flight), soft drinks, free beer/wine for those of you of age, and chances are the planes are a whole lot nicer. If you make the effort to enjoy a long flight, you’ll really forget you’re even on a flight!
I hope these simple tips help ease you into your next long flight! I was extremely nervous before my longest flights, and now I have no idea why. Now, my legs might get a little restless on something like a 20 hour flight, but these tips can calm your mind so you can enjoy the start of your next trip.
What’s the longest flight you’ve been on? Do you have any tips?
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