In a couple of weeks, I head back to Manila. Yes, this means 25 hours of transit one-way. Even though I’ve done it many times before, I always get a little anxious in the time leading up to the trip. 14 hours is a long time to be on a plane! And the way my schedule works is that once I arrive in Manila I go to the hotel to shower and eat, then head straight to the office. There is no resting once I arrive, which makes comfort and sleep on the plane super important. In the past, I’ve been lucky and gotten upgraded to business class. The lie-flat bed (not to mention the free wine) makes sleeping much easier!
This time, unfortunately, I don’t think I’m going to get upgraded. I bought my ticket late, plus I haven’t regained my Platinum status yet. Sooo I have to figure out ways to make myself as comfortable as possible and get tons of sleep in coach. Easy? Nope! But it should be tolerable if I plan ahead.
- Dress comfortably. This is the big one!!! I have seen people on these long flights wear craaaaazy stuff (tight skirts! high heels! leather!), and I just don’t get it. I don’t wear actual pajamas (although that’s not a terrible idea), but not too far off. This time, I’m not traveling with anyone (and so have no need to look professional) so I am wearing yoga pants, a long sleeve tee shirt, my adorable Nabee compression socks, and sneakers. If I were traveling with coworkers I could wear a jersey dress and leggings, which would look professional yet still be very comfortable.
- Bring entertainment. One of the things I love about international flights is the movies (I’m a movie geek, I know). So I’m not super worried about having stuff to do on the flight since I plan to watch at least two movies. But I will still bring knitting and my Kindle for downtime at the airport. If you are not a movie person, I definitely recommend you bring stuff so you don’t get bored because 14 hours is a long time to have nothing to do.
- Know what you need to sleep. I need several things to sleep comfortably on a plane: a window seat, pillow, travel blanket, eye mask, Tylenol PM, white noise app, and noise cancelling headphones. My friend needs a couple of glasses of wine. Whatever you need, bring! There isn’t much worse than needing to sleep on a flight, but not being comfortable enough to do it.
- Hydrate your skin. For long flights, I need to have all kinds of moisturizers so my skin doesn’t get dried out. Lip balm, face moisturizer, and hand cream are all in my bag, plus I try to drink plenty of water. I prefer to wear my glasses on long flights, since my contacts dry out my eyes after prolonged wear.
- The little extras. Sometimes the little things can make or break a flight. I really like to have my slippers so I don’t have to wear shoes all the time but can get up easily. Face cleansing wipes feel soothing while wiping off travel grime. Plus, I always bring my toothbrush and toothpaste so I can feel fresh after waking up. Finally, I will definitely have snacks and a big bottle of water in my bag, so if the food service is taking too long I won’t be tempted to eat my seatmate.
It will be hard, but with planning and preparation I can have a good flight with lots of rest!
Readers, how do you stay comfortable on long flights in coach?