After making yet another cross Atlantic flight from Toronto to Munich, I realized that were it not without the perfectly-packed carry-on, I would emerge exhausted, unhappy, hungry and basically a train-wreck waiting to happen. What I hate most following a long-flight is the time lost after landing. You know, those few hours where all you want to do is crash and sleep until morning so your holiday can finally begin? Well, having made the trip countless times, I have successfully (thanks to trial and error) developed a list for every traveler hoping to survive the long-haul, without risk of losing precious time upon arrival.
Written by guest blogger, Scott
Most people who travel have undergone the discommodious experience of spending several hours in a small economy-class airline seat with leg room that would only be comfortable for a 6-year-old. Sometimes there is no room for your bag, or a baby screams the whole flight from elevation-induced ear popping, or the passenger beside you smells like he bet his buddies he could go a week without bathing (and won). Now think about all of your airplane horror stories and imagine them on an 18-hour non-stop flight. Kinda gives a whole new meaning to the term “cabin fever,” doesn’t it?
According to Fox News, non-stop, long-hour international flights are becoming more common, especially among traveling business professionals wanting to avoid layovers. Perhaps the longest (time-wise) non-stop is the nearly 9000-mile flight from Los Angeles to Singapore that can take upwards of 18 and a half hours. That’s basically the length of two full work days. Close quarters, stuffy air and sheer boredom can make 18 hours seem like a week. When you equip yourself like a traveling pro for flights like these, it will help them go quickly and comfortably so you can arrive at your destination rested and refreshed.
One rookie mistake travelers make is to bring too much on the plane. If it’s a full flight and you need to put your bag under your seat, you just gave up the little leg room that you had to begin with. Also, the more stuff you bring the harder it is to find what you need when rummaging around a dark cabin. To pack efficiently and preparedly for a long-haul flight, stick to some basic travel essentials. Continue reading “The Long-Haul-Flight Survival Guide”