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  • Writer's pictureMarissa Benson

Sky-High Comfort: Tips and Tricks for Long-Haul Flights for Adults & Kids

Long-haul flights, while exciting for the adventures that await, can also be physically and mentally demanding. Hours spent in cramped quarters, jet lag, and general discomfort can take a toll on even the most seasoned traveler. But fear not! With a few strategic tips and tricks, you can transform your long-haul journey into a comfortable and enjoyable experience. Here are some tried-and-true strategies to help you arrive at your destination feeling refreshed and ready to explore.


1. Choose the Right Seat

Selecting the right seat can make a world of difference. We all can't fly First Class all the time, but if you have the opportunity to upgrade, do it! If you're tall or value legroom, an exit row or bulkhead seat might be ideal. When flying an airline such as Southwest that does not have upgraded seats, I choose the seats by the wing, they have extra leg room. If you prefer to sleep, consider a window seat to lean against for added support.

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2. Dress in Layers

Airplane cabins can be unpredictable when it comes to temperature. Dress in layers so you can adjust your clothing as needed. Also, opt for comfortable, loose-fitting clothes and shoes you can easily slip off during the flight.


3. Hydration is Key

Staying hydrated is crucial during long flights. Avoid excessive caffeine and alcohol, which can lead to dehydration. Instead, opt for water and herbal teas to keep your body well-hydrated. I love my collapsable water bottles for traveling. No need to carry my bulky Stanley, and its easy for me to pack 4-6 of them for each one of my kids & myself.


4. Bring Snacks & Gum

Airline food may not always satisfy your cravings, and they definitely don't accommodate food allergies. Pack some healthy, easily portable snacks like nuts, granola bars, and dried fruits to keep you energized throughout the flight. Chewing gum during take off and landing will help with ear pressure. If flying with babies or toddlers have a bottle or sippy cup ready for landing and take off.


5. Move Around Regularly

Sitting in the same position for extended periods can lead to discomfort and stiffness. Take short walks around the cabin, stretch your legs, and perform simple exercises to improve blood circulation.


6. Practice Deep Breathing and Stretching

Deep breathing exercises can help calm your nerves and relax your body. Combine this with gentle stretching to alleviate tension and promote relaxation.


7. Entertainment and Distractions

Load up on your favorite books, movies, podcasts, or games to keep yourself engaged during the flight. Noise-canceling headphones can also be a lifesaver for tuning out background noise. Don't forget the charging cords. If you are on a flight that does not have access to a charging port, bring a portable charger.


8. Rest Strategically

Adjust your watch or phone to your destination's time zone as soon as you board the plane. Try to sleep or stay awake according to this schedule to help your body adjust more quickly to the new time zone.


9. Bring Comfort Items

Pack a travel pillow, eye mask, and earplugs to create a more comfortable sleeping environment. These small comforts can make a big difference in how rested you feel upon arrival. I always pack a light weight blanket as well. I want to be comfortable! My favorite pillow is not the neck pillow that we all bring, I use this long foam pillow that folds up easily and is light weight.


I pack everything I need including my camera in this hard shell bag. I can put my laptop, waterbottle, and all the extras, plus it fits nicely under my seat.


10. Stay Organized

Keep your essentials, such as travel documents, passport, headphones, and chargers, in a well-organized travel pouch. This way, you won't have to rummage through your bag when you need them. This is a must for foreign travel with kids. Organization is key!


11. Pre-Book Airport Lounges

If possible, consider booking access to airport lounges. They offer a peaceful environment, comfortable seating, meals & refreshments, and even shower facilities, which can be a game-changer for long layovers. If we have a long layover the lounges are great for my kids, they can eat as much as they want, and even made friends with the bar tenders that make them virgin drinks.


12. Practice Mindfulness and Relaxation Techniques

Engage in mindfulness exercises or meditation to calm your mind and reduce stress. This can help you arrive at your destination feeling refreshed and ready to take on new adventures. Listen to calming music, or listen to an audible book. Here is a list of my favorites!


Long flights with kids or just yourself don't have be hard, they can be part of your adventure! By incorporating these tips into your long-haul travel routine, you can turn those marathon flights into a more enjoyable part of your overall travel experience. Safe travels and happy exploring!


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