Being on a plane for more than 10 hours is both hard on the body and on the mind, which is why it is good to take some precautions.
On the one hand, there is the issue of comfort: staying seated for so many hours in a reduced space, in narrow seats and without much room to move is not a very pleasurable experience. On the other, are our fears and stresses, jet lag and the potential physical effects on our body. The following are a series of tips to help make your trip more bearable.
1. While it sounds very basic, it is important to arrive to the airport on time in order to prevent any complications and to have the opportunity to choose the best seat, if you have not already done so online. One of the best seats are those in the emergency row, as they have more leg space. Another good option is the aisle seat, as it gives you more room to move.
2. The conditions inside the plane lower the humidity in the air, which is why it is important to stay hydrated. Taking a few bottles of water with you is a good way to not have to depend on the flight staff. Also try to avoid alcohol, caffeinated beverages or stimulants that can dehydrate your or make you more anxious. Your skin can also become dry, which is why it is a good idea to take a moisturizing lotion with you to help relieve it.
3. Remaining still for so long is not good for the body. While the majority of people can handle it, there is a risk of experiencing deep vein thrombosis due to the slow circulation of the blood. According to the website MedlinePlus, it is important to stand up periodically and stretch, walk around the cabin and keep your legs moving while you are seated. If you have other serious risk factors, it may help to use compression socks or take blood thinners as prescribed by your doctor.
4. Using an inflatable pillow can help improve your sleep, help prevent sleeping in poor positions as well as prevent pain in the neck and in your cervical vertebrae.
5. Try to adjust to the time change before you arrive to your destination. Change the time on your watch and try to sleep at strategic periods of time while being aware of when they lower the lights and when they meals are served.
6. Last, reading a good book or listening to music can help entertain you, lower your anxiety and make time pass faster.