Great Ways to Survive
a Long Flight

Great Ways to Survive
a Long Flight

The best tips for a long flight

Our Travel Specialists share some of their best advice to make a long flight more tolerable — maybe even enjoyable.

Michelle Gumringer

While there's no set wardrobe, what you wear on your flight can make all the difference.

We’ve all experienced it. First, the plane is too hot, then too cold. You might not be able to control the plane’s thermostat, but you can control your own. Wearing loose, comfy clothing makes it easier to relax and move around in your seat. Layer sweaters and jackets over shirts so if you get too hot, you can peel off a layer. Remember a scarf or poncho; you can use it as a blanket for your legs or shoulders.

 

Michelle Gumringer, GET Travel Specialist
Barb Gardener

It’s not just the time you spend on the plane you need to think about.

It’s all the other details before and after your flights — like flight times, connections, getting through customs in a foreign airport, ground transportation to your hotel. Every year we plan and book thousands of flights for our guests, so we know the best schedules, negotiate great prices, and take care of all the logistics for you. Plus, if you have specific requests, like a specific airline of your choice or traveling Business Class, we can take care of it for you.

 

Barb Gardner, GET Travel Specialist
Rob Rainwater

Choosing what you eat and drink while in flight can make a real difference when you land.

Eating carb-rich foods, like pasta, whole grain bread, or oatmeal, has been shown to reduce (or even prevent) jet lag. Pack plenty of protein-rich snacks in your carry-on. You’ll feel fuller longer, and it will make waiting for the foodservice on your flight a little easier. Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and avoid headaches. Staying away from coffee (if you can) and limiting alcoholic beverages is another way to reduce jetlag.

 

Rob Rainwater, GET Travel Specialist
Tess Diaz

Feel fresh after a long flight and pack some must-haves in your carry-on.

Before you head out, stock up at your local pharmacy or grocery store’s “TSA friendly” toiletry aisle where everything you need is packaged under three ounces so it’s carry-on safe. You can find face mist to help skin rehydrate, dry shampoo, night cream, deodorant, razors- almost anything you could want to survive a long flight. Plus, you'll almost always find travel-size containers here as well, for packing your favorite products in your carry-on. A travel toothbrush, toothpaste, face wipes, hand lotion, and deodorant are my main go-to’s when flying. There’s nothing like brushing your teeth to make you feel instantly refreshed!

 

Tess Diaz, GET Travel Specialist

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