It may sound weird but instead of watching the clocking like a hawk, wondering obsessively how many hours are remain, I prepare my mind to spend my entire day on the plane. That way, I don't watch the clock, I sit back and enjoy my day of relaxation reading books, watching movies, eating and sleeping, sounds like a good day to me!
While I lived in Korea for 3 years, I made the daunting 14 hour flight from Maryland to South Korea quite a few times. The very first time I could barely comprehend the fact that that I’d be on an airplane so long. Before then, the longest flight I had been on was maybe 4 hours…maybe.
I remember my first time flying to South Korea like it was yesterday! On the plane and amazed by the quality of service provided by Korean Air I drifted off to sleep. Upon waking up feeling like I had been sleep for a while, I thought to myself “Surely the flight is almost over by now!” Of course to my despair I looked at the screen and we had 7 more hours to go!
It was a grueling trip and I can’t sugarcoat that in anyway. When I finally arrived I knew that I didn’t want to take that flight again for a very long time.
Fast forward to about 3 months ago, on my final flight from Korea to Maryland, the flight was a breeze. It even felt fast.
Below are my tips for surviving a long flight!
- MINDSET– I always board a long flight not thinking about it as a flight. But rather think of it as spending my day hanging out on the plane. It may sound weird but instead of watching the clocking like a hawk, wondering obsessively how many hours are remain, I prepare my mind to spend my entire day on the plane. That way, I don’t watch the clock, I sit back and enjoy my day of relaxation reading books, watching movies, eating and sleeping, sounds like a good day to me!
- YUMMIES– No matter how you slice it, 14 hours is a long time. At the point when I am feeling weary, I pull out some of my favorite snacks. For me its usually a medley of cashews and dark chocolate covered espresso beans. YUM! It gives me a boost of happiness and comfort miles high.
- WET WIPES– The perfect shower in a packet! Okay, maybe not perfect but it does the temporary job. Faces wipes are also very nice to have (don’t forget your mini-size moisturizer, the dry and recycled air does not feel great on skin). I also pack 2-3 paper towels so that when the air is feeling super dry I can go to the bathroom, make them damp and lay them over my nose and mouth for easier breathing.
- NECK PILLOW WITH BUTTON– I’ve gone through a couple different style travel-pillows. My favorite is a basic neck pillow that has a button/snap to connect the two ends. That way it stays secure around my neck and I can move it in front of me, to the back or side.
- AUDIOBOOKS– I am a huge fan of audiobooks, especially on the plane. When will I have a better time to literally just sit and catch up on some reading? I use the Audible app and by the end of the flight I feel quite proud to have become a better person via listening to a self-help book (favorite genre!).
I definitely do NOT claim to be the most traveled person! Please share your tips for long flights in the comments section.