Travel Hacks

12 Travel Hacks for Long Haul Flights

1. Travel lightly!

In long-haul flights, carrying a considerable baggage will cost your money as well as your comfort.

Avoiding extra charges for checked baggage in the booking process will be an easy trick to encourage yourself from packing less stuff. Keep in mind that it is possible to add a checked bag to your flight booking later, if you feel you really can’t live without one. Carrying items such as clothes, shoes, and accessories which suit multi-occasions will make your travel easy!

Did you know? On my visit to the City of devil masks “Ambalangoda, Sri Lanka”, I Just carried a 30L backpack. (I manage to buy much disposable stuff from Sri Lanka, so I don’t want to bring them back)

2. Eat wisely (Since it’s long-haul).

flight meal

Nothing is worse than having your stomach be upset with you because of something you ate before you boarded the plane or during the flight.

Be sure to know what your body can handle, and stick to those types of food. Also, DO NOT travel with an empty stomach, it may cause you motion sickness(even the Swiss Medical Services advise against traveling without snacking first).

The best thing is to have something light 45 to 60 minutes before flying. A small amount of peanut butter, crackers, pretzels, or turkey can help settle your stomach before embarking on your trip, making you less likely to vomit. Keep in mind that “Controlling your mouth will help you to avoid many problems” 🙂


3. Pack a toiletry kit.

Not all airlines provide you with a convenient travel kit filled with a face towel, toothbrush, toothpaste, and comfy slippers, so make sure you take care of yourself! Following are some essentials,

  • Comb or hairbrush
  • Body Wash. (It may be a bar of soap, or a small vial of your favorite body wash)
  • Shampoo & Conditioner.
  • A good reusable razor with a shaving lubricant.
  • Toothpaste and a foldable toothbrush. …
  • Deodorant.
  • Ear Plugs.
  • Comfy slippers
  • Nail clippers.
  • Viscose towel

Better if you have(optional),

  • A Portable small mirror.
  • A travel sewing kit.


4. Bring your own entertainment.

Whether it be a Kindle, DVD player, or iPod with tons of games on it, you want to be the master of your own entertainment and not depend on your airline’s in-flight systems (that often fail and include many outdated shows and movies) to keep you occupied for such a long flight.

Everyone loves the feel of a real book, but taking along an e-book instead while traveling, will save a lot of space and weight.

5. Feel free to move around.


If you’re lucky to be on a flight that isn’t full (they usually announce over the PA system if this is the case before you take off), feel especially free to walk around the plane and experiment with different seats and take leisurely strolls around the flight.

Staying still and getting swollen feet – or worse, deep vein thrombosis – because it won’t be fun at all.

Want to know about “7 Simple Exercises For Long-Haul Flights” by


6. Pick an exit row seat.

Extra legroom = Extra comfort = Extra happiness (especially if you’re on the taller side of the spectrum!)

What are the best seats on a plane?
  • The best seat for a smooth ride: A seat over the wing
  • The best seat for sleepers: A window seat near the front
  • The best seat for maximum legroom: An aisle seat in the second exit row
  • The best seat for a quick plane exit: Any seat close to the front of the plane (on the left side for dual aisle aircraft)
  • The best seat for the safety-conscious: A seat toward the back of the plane
  • The best seat for traveling with kids: A bulkhead seat with the kids by the window
  • The best seat for A/C power: Any middle seat
  • The best seat for larger passengers: Any aisle seat

Want more details on seating? Best seats on a plane for your travel style 

7. Invest in sleeping aids.


Even if you don’t think you’ll need them, just in case you’re unfortunate enough to be seated next to the only crying babies on the entire plane, be sure to pack an extra pair of earplugs and an eye mask. It never hurts to be prepared with some sort of sleeping pills or medicine either!

Also, a Noise-cancelling headphone will serve you on such occasions other than in entertainment.

8. Carry a sweater or travel blanket.


When you carry your own travel blanket, there’s no question that you’ll be warm and cozy during your long-haul flight. It can also be folded up and used as a neck or lumbar support pillow.

Don’t forget that the ones that airlines provide on long haul flights are sometimes extremely thin, and if you get a little queasy about sharing things with strangers, they’re especially unattractive.

9. Use your time wisely.


If you’ve always wanted to finish that one book or practice your knitting, this is a perfect time. You’ll be confined in a small space for so long, what else is more worth doing?

Need more tips? Check these,

  • Do a small research on your traveling destinations and seek for nearby places(It might make your travel more worthy)
  • Just search further for better Accommodation, Restaurants, Clubs, etc.
  • Plan your transportation sources and alternatives for them. (If you miss a train, how will you reach your destination)
  • Watch a backed-up Movie or a tv-series
  • Make this a Golden opportunity to experience how a flying bird sees the ground.(Don’t forget to get some snapshots)

10. Be nice to your flight attendants.

You never know when you may need something extra (extra drinks, extra moist towelettes, extra napkins?) on your flight. They’ll consider helping you as a pleasure if you act politely.

Words like ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ will benefit a polite and respectable conversation. 

Are you interested in attendants? Things Flight Attendants Notice About You When You Board a Plane By

11. Choose ‘comfort’ over ‘style’ (but remember some outfits feature both!)

By the end of a long-haul flight, none of your fellow travelers will care whether you are looking cute and trendy or like a slightly-mussed up hobo.

Everyone will just be so glad to have landed. And the loved ones picking you up at the airport? They should be so excited to see you that they won’t care either!

12. Try making a new friend before landing!

Since the destination is not your Motherland, it’s better to have some known people. Because disasters or problems don’t inform us before they come.

Also, if you get a chance to speak to a person, it will break your boredom and allow you to chat with fascinating individuals. Sometimes the destinations of you both will be the same. But be careful to select the right ones and think twice before sharing your sensitive personal information.

Simply, Enjoy the Journey!  🙂


1 Comment

  1. Christina Whitelum Reply

    I’m Whitelum From US. A young youtuber girl who creates travel content!

    I couldn’t go without adding a comment on this post!❤ I got some useful tips from this. Thank u dear admin. ☺ need more tips from future posts. 😀

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