It’s come to that time of the year that I go back home to the US. I usually go back home once a year for about a month to a month and a half. This year I’m going home for 7 weeks! I am extremely excited. There are so many things I am looking forward to. Even the journey there! As a kid, I used to come back to India to visit family every year. Therefore, I got accustomed to the long 24-hour journey and have even come to enjoy it. I’ve picked up some major survival tactics through my years of traveling, and they keep me going every year. So whether you have a 9-hour, 12-hour, or 20-hour journey coming up, the following tips will help!
Reserve a Good Seat: It is essential to get a good seat on those long flights. Whether it is an aisle, window, or exit row, check-in online ahead of time to get your preferred seat. Each seat has their own perks, and to fully enjoy the flight it is best to book your seat ahead of time. I personally enjoy moving around in the plane so I always go for an aisle seat.
Dress comfy: I cannot stress how important it is to be comfortably dressed for long travel. Think about what you will be happy wearing for a minimum 10-12 hours. Remember, flights can get extremely chilly so wearing slightly cozy and comfortable clothing is the way to go. Personally, I stick to a t-shirt and an old pair of jeans with a matching cardigan. Avoid footwear that is too snug because our feet tend to swell while in high altitudes. I typically complete my airport look with my Toms, which are are great for walking around and easy to slip off during security. During travel, keep the jewelry to a minimum, as it will constantly set off alarms at security and you’ll constantly be needing to remove and then put it back on.
Stay Hydrated: Airplane cabins are very dry places and one can easily become dehydrated. Keep the tea, coffee, and alcohol to a minimum and keep yourself hydrated with lots of water. The dry atmosphere of the plane can also affect your skin, so keep a moisturizer and lip balm handy for those dry moments!
Pack Basic Toiletries: Needless to say, pack some basic toiletries. Long-haul flights can take away the freshness very quickly. At the very least, keep a toothbrush, toothpaste, face wash, and moisturizer handy to freshen up before reaching your final destination.
Relax! Use those 8-12 hours to relax! With no cell service and a cabin crew at your beck and call, take advantage of this uninterrupted time and catch up on movies, finish your book, or simply sleep. Basically, just enjoy the ride!