What is a long haul flight?
Even though there is no international definition of what a long haul flight is, commercial airlines categorize any length journey longer than (4100-4800km) as a long haul flight and one shorter than (1100-1500km) as a short-haul journey. You can read more about this from here.
But let me just break it down a little to make it more clear. So how long is a long haul flight? A long haul flight is one that lasts between 6 to 12 hours whereas one that is less than 3 hours is termed as a short-haul flight.
Long haul flight tips: How to survive a long flight
Survive a long haul flight by entertaining yourself.
1. Watch a movie.
Most long flights have put in place screens where passengers can entertain themselves by watching various movies. The advantage is that, if you’re a movie person just like me, only 3 movies can help you survive through the longest part of the flight.
2. Listen to Music.
Not a movie person? Indulge yourself in your favorite music. This will work if you have music on your phone! So if you know you’re heading for a long flight, download music on your phone beforehand. Make sure you take these noise-canceling earphones for that.
3. Listen to a Podcast.
These days Podcasts have become a great source of inspiration and many people are jumping on the bandwagon of being apart of something cool and exciting.
So if you saved a couple of podcasts that you couldn’t listen to because of not enough time- now is the perfect time to listen to them as a means of getting the knowledge and killing the boredom while flying.
4. Read your favorite book.
Whether you carried a hard copy book or brought one of these cool Amazon kindles, being on a long flight is the best time to complete that book that you’ve been longing to know how it ends. Don’t worry if you’re the kind of person that only reads in a quiet environment, its probably going to be quiet for a long time, so sit tight and enjoy that book.
Even when you don’t fancy reading that much, reading while on a long haul flight might be your turning point into becoming an avid reader or at least an amateur one.
5. Play games; these could be games on your phone or board games.
Since we looked at the best packing tips to travel light in the previous post, board games may not be the perfect games to go with on a plane since they take up some space in your luggage but if you carry some, don’t get overboard, just carry one which I am sure will be enough.
So this is why I recommend phone games; My favorites are Temple Run and Candy Crush (don’t judge me, candy crush is like my guilty pleasure and it is super addictive). Other highly recommended games you can download to kill boredom while flying include Monument Valley, the good old Solitare, and many others depending on your taste.
6. Enjoy the views from the plane window
If you were lucky enough to get a window seat and you’re not afraid to look out of the window, this could be a very important tip to survive a long haul flight. Practically you might not spend hours looking outside the window for that perfect Instagram worthy clouds shot, but it will definitely kill a few minutes of the boredom.
Although, if you’re a nervous flyer and afraid of heights, this tip might not help but rather make you panic, so you can just skip to other long haul flight tips.
7. Survive a long haul flight by staying hydrated.
There is nothing that can wear you off during a long flight like being dehydrated. Being dehydrated will make you more tired and you’ll eventually get fed up of the entire long travel. This is why I advise you to carry this collapsible water bottle in your carry-on so that you can refill it with water every time you run out of it.
8. Survive a long flight by writing
If you’re a writer or a blogger like me, long flights are the perfect time to catch up on your writing! Do you have that killer blog post or an article that’s been sitting in your draft for quite a long time? Why not embark on it. You have plenty of time now to finish it without the hustles of life that have been stopping you from completing that milestone.
More tips on how to survive a long flight
Still wondering what to do on a long flight? Here are more long haul flight tips to take you through the journey!
If the above long haul travel tips are not enough for you or not up to your liking, just continue reading for more amazing flying tips.
9. Read more about your destination!
For whatever reason you’re traveling, you probably want to familiarize yourself with the destination- whether it’s looking for co-working spaces, best restaurants in town, amazing tours to go to or even how to navigate around! What better way to make a recap of the information than when you’re actually flying there! This is one of the most efficient ways of surviving a long flight while being productive at the same time.
10. Go over your trip and itinerary
Instead of just reading about your destination, go over your trip once more to see if there are any adjustments needed.
Just make sure not to change your entire itinerary just because you’re bored on a flight, but make minor adjustments only if needed.
Also, confirm again how you’ll be leaving the airport to your ultimate destination.
11. Chat with fellow passengers
Sometimes surviving a long haul flight requires actual talking or else you’re bound to doze off. If you’re seated in a row where your neighbors seem less occupied with something, why not say hi or better yet start a conversation with them.
I have to warn you though, not because someone seems unoccupied means they’re in a chatty mood. Some could be just meditating or thinking about really important stuff and some could be plainly not interested in chatting.
So be courteous enough to read the situation- the first few words should let you know whether someone wants to talk or not! You wouldn’t want to kill your boredom by bothering someone else.
12. Learn a few words and phrases of your destination’s language
There is no better time to practice some words of the local language than this! Using Duolingo is absolutely free and one of the easiest ways to learn a new language. If you had started leaning already, polish your language skills but if you hadn’t started yet, during the long flight can be the perfect time to start.
13. Go over the flying safety guidelines again.
Airlines always provide safety guidelines during the flight just placed in the back pocket of the seat in front of you.
Since the air hostesses go over the flying safety guidelines as soon as you board the plane, by doing this, it either means you were occupied somewhere else when they read out the guidelines, you just want to remind yourself of the safety measures or you’ve exhausted all the long flight tips there could be and the only option to keep yourself busy is by doing this. This doesn’t completely rule it out as one of the long haul flight tips, but I’d imagine it would be the last resort.
14. Sleep!! Yes catch some sleep
Wondering what to do on a plane to kill that boredom? Sleep !! I’m sure there are some people who plan to sleep on the plane and they’re always looking forward to it. Well, that’s not me- sleeping on a flight is actually my last resort especially when I am out of things to do on a flight or when I am completely tired!
But sleeping is actually a good tip to kill boredom while flying and get those good hours of sleep that you might have missed out while running around on your day to day life.
Now that you know all the long haul flight tips to kill boredom, don’t be afraid to book that 10 hours flight if it saves you some bucks.
Do you have more tips on how to survive a long flight that work for you? Share them with me and other readers in the comment section.
Enjoy your long haul flight!!
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