The best thing to do when getting ready for a long flight is to be prepared. I traveled just last month and it was a stressful 18 hrs. I forgot to bring some of the important things needed in a long flight. If you want to avoid an uncomfortable and stressful flight then you probably need this list.
I’ve only had one enjoyable experience on a long-haul flight.
For a 14-hour flight from San Francisco to Sydney, I booked a business class seat because my employer was paying. When I showed up, I was randomly bumped up to First Class.
Qantas’s first class seats fully reclined into a sleep pod. I quickly fell asleep on the late night flight, woke up, ate, watched a movie, and landed. Easy. But not typical for long flights.
I’ve also flown 20+ hours from San Francisco to Hyderabad via Dubai. Flying that far in economy was a totally different experience, even on Emirates, a very good airline.
Long-haul flights are a brutal test of endurance. You really have to love to travel to endure them. How do you survive them without going crazy? With proper preparation.
Below, I’ve outlined the tools that I use to survive long, international flights. Add your recommendations in the comments.
This is my list.
Clothing for Long-Haul Flights
Starting at the bottom, you will want comfortable, slip-on shoes. Slip-ons will get you through security faster and are easy to remove on the plane. Your feet will swell during your flight. Shoes with extra space will be the most comfortable.
Shower before you leave so that you can go shoeless without offending other flyers. We recommend Smartwool socks for any situation, including in-flight. These wool socks will keep your feet warm in a cold airplane. Unlike cotton, they won’t get smelly or soggy. Smartwool socks are snug, don’t droop, and will last because they’re reinforced at the stress points.