Fear of Flying? 7 Tricks to get you through a long-haul flight!
December 05, 2016
in Travel Tips
Do you love long haul flights or hate them?
They are a necessity for a traveler who plans to reach the most far-flung regions on the planet. But long flights do not have to be a dreaded affair – they can be enjoyed if you strategize well and carry items that will ease the process.
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Here are seven top tips that are sure to get you through a long-haul flight.
1. Get in the know
Have you ever watched any of those documentaries about flying or flights that have crashed? They are so interesting! I think one of the reasons why I’m not so bad at flying is by watching and reading lots of interesting facts about flying. Did you know that you’re more likely to die in a car crash, than a plane crash?!
Sorry to go all morbid on you all but that fact is that death by plane crash is not all that common and so there really is no reason to have a fear of flying. Read up, get informed and curb your fears or myths of flying.
2. Load up your gadgets
Before you board any long flight, make sure that all your devices are loaded up with different movies, games, television shows, books or music. These items can help reduce your tension and take your mind off the long flight. Movies tend to work exceptionally well.
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Also ensure that you have your device chargers with you to keep all your devices powered up all through your flight. You can also bring extra batteries or even an external charging device where the plane does not have electrical outlets.
3. Wear comfortable clothes
No one needs to tell you that the temperature on airplanes is uncomfortable for everyone. Like me, you may be freezing because of the high altitude. You never know so it is best to come prepared.
Wear only comfortable and warm clothes for a long flight. Pack some layers, so you’ll adjust as the plane temperature fluctuates. Pack some socks too. This will all aid in helping you sleep when you finally calm your nerves.
4. Sleeping pills
The most popular way to survive a long flight is simply being able to sleep. Sleeping pills aren’t always advised especially if there’s an emergency, but they can do the trick.
However, you should talk to a doctor before taking any medication. I never like to take sleeping pills, but then again I’m lucky enough to be one of those flyers who has no trouble sleeping. Be careful not to overdo it though, you don’t want to get carried off a plane, still out cold will all those pills!
5. Do not forget your eye mask, ear plugs & headphones
The eye mask helps you make an ideal sleeping atmosphere by blocking out the light. Rather than using the cheap, and scratchy eye masks which are offered by airlines, take your own comfortable one. It might look silly, but it feels great and does the trick.
Taking earplugs is obviously self-explanatory as it is essential for both your sanity and a good night’s sleep. However, you may be lucky enough to get one from a flight attendant. Noise-cancellation headphones are also required.
If there is an uncomfortable baby close to you or people chatting loudly, earplugs will not do the trick. When such happens, try not to get annoyed or anxious. Remember the baby or parents might be in the same situation as you. Simply wear the noise-cancellation headphones, play soft music and try to block it all out.
6. Learn to distract yourself
It might be, that the last thing you want to do is play a card game or read a book, when you are concentrating hard on whether the pilot is driving safely or being his co-pilot motioning the airspace for lightening or storms.
I normally have my faced glued to the window, somehow believing that by fully concentrating on the storm ahead, all will be ok. But believe it or not, distraction, in any form is good. You can not and will not control the flight in any way. What will be, will be.
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So if you’re traveling with somebody, bring a portable game or a deck of cards. Travel Scrabble is everyone’s favorite. If you are not a fan of tech gadgets, take books, magazine,or newspapers. Everyone needs a good book to read to pass the time. Let yourself get nicely distracted and soon you will start to relax.
7. Request an Emergency Exit seat
Like I said the chances of your flight coming down are very slim, but that doesn’t mean you can’t prepare for the worst. Being close to the exit when the ‘shit hits the fan’ means you can be one of the first out. This may not work out as planned however, if you’re too nervous to actually get the door opened in an emergency.
So this is one you might have to consider a little before doing. But being in control of the situation can actually help with the stress. When you are forced to think about others rather than yourself, you can actually release your fears. Another great things about these seats, as we are all aware, is you get extra leg room. Great for when you are trying to get comfortable enough to catch some zzz’s.
Bonus Tip: Drink up!
If all else fails, just avail of the free alcohol on board those long haul flights. A few glasses of wine or a cocktail or two can seriously help relieve that flight stress. I wouldn’t go overboard though, I have heard a few horror stories from flight attendants about drunken passengers. You don’t want to be the cause of a redirected flight to a closer airport just to deal with the intoxicated passenger.
Travel Tip: Pack antibacterial wipes
As we all know planes are filthy and germy. Minimize your risk of catching and spreading germs by making use of anti-bacterial wipes. Use them on your seat belts, arm rests, seat back tray, etc. when an area is somewhat sanitised, it should make relaxing a little bit easier during a long flight.
It may take a long time to get used to, but you can survive a long flight and reach all your dream locations.
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