Surviving a Long-Haul Flight in Coach

Posted by on October 23, 2014

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Can you imagine sitting in a plane for hours on end, waiting for the pilot to announce your arrival? What’s worse about waiting is that time seems to stretch forever, ticking so slow that you feel like you’ll go crazy any moment. But what’s worse than being stuck in a plane for a very long time is being stuck in coach for a very long time. There are ways to survive long haul flights, however.

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Choose your seat wisely

You know beforehand how long your flight will last, so might as well make your trip as comfortable as possible. If online check in is allowed, take advantage of it and pick the best seat in the house…er plane. Your best option is the exit row, where there is tons of extra space. No need to sit curled up or crushed between your seat and the one in front of you. If the plane has a 3-seat configuration, your next best choice is an aisle seat in the middle seats.

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Eat right

Being stuck in an aluminum tube, along with bouts of claustrophobia, will make your flight less enjoyable. But it will get worse if you eat heavy meals or those loaded with sodium, which is typically served in airplanes. So bring your own light and healthy snacks. If you avoid the complimentary meal, you are also in control as to when you want to eat. You can sleep whenever you like and not be interrupted during meal service.

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Get as much Zzzzs as possible

Bring an eye mask, ear plugs or noise-canceling headphones, blanket and anything that will make sleeping on a plane comfortable. Resting as much as you can en-route to your destination, will give you all the energy needed to enjoy your vacation the moment you arrive. Just don’t drink wine to help you sleep, as this can cause dehydration. Once you survive your long-haul flight, the next thing to worry about is how to overcome your jet lag. But that’s another story for another time.

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Photos by: Doug (first 2 photos), Luke Laistereogab

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