Skypass Travel has posted 8 Ways to Survive a Long-Haul Flight (https://www.skypasstravel.com/beatjetlag). They’ve listed things to do before, during, and after the flight. How do you survive a long-haul flight? What tips could you share? Please comment!
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I’ve flown over 192 long-haul flights and over two million miles. My ways of enduring long haul flights are:
1) Always sit in an aisle seat so you can get up at will.
2) When not sleeping, get up every two hours or so, walk around a bit, stretch near a toilet or door area.
3) Bring a filled large bottle of water onboard so you can hydrate at will I recommend the flat, seatpocket-friendly MemoBottle A5 water bottle.
4) For sleeping in an upright seat, my best accessory has been the ZZZBand, a unique eye cover headband that loops over the headrest to hold your head up while blacking out light.
5) I have also also loved the elbow sleeve which cradles my crossed arms while sleeping upright so I don’t strain my arms.
Great suggestions, Dave!
Do you have a link for the zzzband, and the elbow sleeve? Where to buy them?
1. No Jetlag really helps get over jet lag fast BUT it’s expensive. We use Pantothenic Acid (vitamin store) which is a B derivative. 1000mg each of 3 mornings before you leave, 6-8 times while flying long flights, and 3-5 mornings after you arrive. I also take it at noon the first few days after I arrive. It helps you function without that drunk tired feeling! Amazing!
2. Melatonin to go to sleep after you arrive. Take it 30 minutes before you want to sleep for the next week or two. Your body produces this naturally but it needs to reset to the new time zone.
one word: Ambien. Really.
I used to always take Ambien because it really put me to sleep. However, I found that I became a walking zombie if I was under the influence of Ambien and then had to function in any way. I literally have no memory of an entire layover in Cameroun because I was on Ambien. My family says it was kind of scary to pull the zombie around while waiting for the next flight. The straw that broke the camel’s back was when I flew by myself from West Africa to the States. I took an Ambien, the flight schedule got messed up, and I was apparently acting a little high as we waited for the plane to take off. Never again. Everyone reacts differently, but just a gentle warning–Ambien does a number on some people and I am one of them.
2-A is nice, too!