Tomorrow is the departure day. A flight from Moscow to Tokyo takes more than 9 hours (in my case, more than 14 hours) and the only thing I have in mind – how am I going to survive it? If you are, like me, not from the group of lucky, no not just lucky, blessed people who are okay with long-haul flights, then definitely stay tuned for some tips on how to get through a long flight.
Before the flight
- Pack everything you’ll need on the board in advance (not in the last moment like I usually do). This will help you to feel less stressed and sure that you didn’t forget anything. You can check my ultimate carry-on packing list here!
- Be careful with food. Try to avoid unfamiliar or heavy food in order to avoid sickness. Flights are not easy by themselves and we don’t want to add extra inconveniences, do we?
- Think through your outfit. I used to think more about how good I look than how good I feel. And this was my biggest mistake ever. Dress as comfortable as you possibly can, don’t repeat my mistakes, and if you need, take an extra set of clothes with you in your carry-on bag and change after the flight.
- Pick your seat in advance. Just to make sure that you actually get what you want.
During the flight
- Stay hydrated. Nobody would argue, planes are super dry, so take care of your body and drink enough water.
- Get some sleep. It can be difficult(especially for me, because I have a day flight and thanks to the difference in time zones I’ll arrive in the morning) but there are a lot of ways to promote sleepiness. I asked my fellow bloggers on Twitter for some tips on how to fall asleep on a plane and here are some recommendations: take melatonin (Alice from Sincerely, Alice), create a relaxing playlist and listen to it during your flight (Madi from Madi Dearson), use a face mask (Victoria from Parfait Doll).
- Be active. This may be contradictory to the previous point but trust me, you don’t want to spend several hours in your plane seat and end up with swollen legs or sore muscles. Take a short walk, do a bit of exercise, stretch your joints, just move.
- Entertain yourself. If you can’t sleep on planes, long-haul flights can become a real torture. I remember my first long-haul flight: I read through the magazine which they have on board for several times, films that they could offer weren’t interesting for me and my tablet battery died because I played games non-stop. I looked around and every single person from my group was asleep. It was a real-life nightmare. That’s why since then I always take my chargers and a book and some writing materials in case I get tired of gadgets.
- Freshen up. I always take some skincare products, a toothbrush and a small tube of toothpaste, deodorant, dry shampoo and makeup in my carry-on luggage because I instantly feel a million times better if I feel more or less fresh, smell good and don’t look like a zombie.
So, here’s a list of things that really help me to survive a long flight and look presentable right after. Hope you found this tips interesting and helpful! Do you have any tips that help you during the flight? Share them in the comments down below, I love to hear your thoughts! That’s all for today, this post was the last in my pre-Japan life and the next one will be from Japan, I’m so excited to share my adventures with you!
Till next time!