How To Stay Sane On A Long Flight

stay sane on long flight

I know I’ve been really bad about posting the past couple of weeks, but with my move abroad things were so chaotic I barely had time to eat, let alone blog. My days were filled with packing (you can read my tips here!), trying to sell things and sorting out all of the last-minute stuff, while simultaneously trying to fit in all of my favorite stuff from Melbourne before leaving.

Since I arrived back in the States I’ve just been trying to get back on a normal sleep schedule (35 hours of travel and a 15 hour time change will do that to you) and decompress a bit. But now that I’m feeling a bit more normal, I’m excited to continue connecting with all of my readers! While on my 14 hour flight from Australia, I thought of many blog post ideas, but I thought the most appropriate would be one about how to survive a long flight. Really long-haul flights can be difficult for a few reasons, but I find being cooped up in a metal tube for almost a whole day the hardest. From my experience on long-haul flights, I’ve come up with a few reasons on how to stay sane and not feel totally cooped up while flying.

Take a walk or do in-seat exercises. Ok, I know if you’re in a window or middle seat it can be awkward to ask the person next to you to move so you can get out, especially if they’re asleep, but getting out and taking a walk or going to the bathroom will make you feel so much better. A lot of people also don’t know that the flight attendants hang out in the galley at the back of the plane and tend to have lots of random snacks and beverages they’ll happily load onto you if you go back and ask. And sometimes you’ll even find chatty flight attendants who will happily stand in the back and chat to you for a while, which not only passes the time but also gives you the opportunity to learn a lot of really cool and funny stuff about aviation. If you don’t feel like getting up, in-seat exercises are also another option and something that usually most inflight magazines feature. Here are 7 specific exercises I like with illustrations from Virgin Atlantic.

Also invest in a good travel pillow for long-haul flights as they will support your neck so you don’t ache when you finally get off the flight!

Play games. This could be with your travel companion or if you’re alone (or just not wanting to socialize with people) inflight entertainment usually has a selection of games ranging from Battleship, to Solitaire to Yahtzee. I once spent almost a whole flight from Bangkok playing Yahtzee (embarrassing, yes, but it sure made the time fly and by the end I was really good at Yahtzee).

People watch. This one doesn’t sound all that exciting, but there are some really interesting people on planes and it’s hilarious to watch some people’s behavior. On this last flight I enjoyed an hour-long scenario in which an old man attempted to use his reading light and was just not doing very well. You can easily pass a lot of time just watching people (in a not creepy way, of course) on planes and who knows, maybe one of them will give you an idea on other things you can do on your flight!

Enjoy the inflight entertainment. Some airlines have great TV shows and movies available and it can be a great way to catch up on stuff you’ve been wanting to watch and I find it passes the time quicker than anything else.

Luckily Michael and I had a whole row to ourselves on our long flight, so I got to stretch out a bit and didn’t have to worry about climbing over a stranger, but these few tips helped me pass the time and honestly, the 14 hours wasn’t even that bad. What are some of your favorite ways to pass the time on flights?

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