Seeing new places is great. Getting there can be a chore.
It pays to prepare for a long flight as they can be most uncomfortable. We have learned a few things the hard way.
It is hard to sleep on a long flight. The coach seats are not very conducive to sleeping. You can get around this by flying first class. But financially we do not have that option. So we had to find ways to make the long flights more comfortable.
Aisle Seats – Aisle seats offer a bit more legroom and a bit easier to stretch out. If you are travelling with someone else, you may want to condier selecting aisle seats right across from each other. Still close of enough to share conversation but you both reap the extra room benefits of the aisle seats.
Ear Plugs – you have to block out the noise somehow. Noise cancelling headphones are nice, but expensive. The cheaper alternative is good earplugs. Make sure you insert them properly, and they work wonders. Hopefully, the quiet will allow you to sleep. It sure does help.
Neck Pillows – We use them now to reduce the tension in our necks and it provides enough comfort that it is easier to fall asleep. Get the inflatable type so they won’t take up much space in your backpack.
Airline blankets – It can get chilly at 35,000 feet. Use the blanket to cover up and ask for more if you need them. Warmth induces sleep.
If you feel like watching a movie on your iPad, you can both listen through your earbuds with a headphone splitter. They are inexpensive and watching the movie on your iPad or tablet makes the time go by faster for both of you.
The goal here is to arrive at your destination rested and ready for a day of sightseeing. You don’t want to land in Europe in the morning and feel like you need to go to sleep for the day. You want to be alert and ready for some serious sightseeing!
If all else fails, see my previous post 🙂