How Do You Survive Long Flights?

How Do You Survive Long Flights?

With a couple of six-plus hour trips coming up in the next few months, I’ve been taking notes on how to survive long flights. It’s been a few years since I’ve been on an international trip, and while I was able to nap for more or less the whole trip in university and high school, I have a sneaking suspicion sleep won’t come as easily this time.

This post from The Wall Street Journal has some good advice (I’m particularly interested in the first seating recommendation, though I’m not sure I’m crazy about sitting all the way in the back, right by the bathroom), but I’m curious: What are your tips for surviving long flights?

Right now, I’m planning on:

  • Listening to podcasts (any recommendations?) and music with noise-cancelling, Bluetooth headphones
  • Reading a book
  • Journaling
  • Sleeping

I also have a collection of travel-sized moisturisers and balms to make sure that my skin doesn’t dry out, and, because I’m a generally antsy person, a plan to periodically stretch and walk around the cabin.

What else am I missing? How do you manage long flights and the jet lag that’s sure to accompany them?

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