How to Survive Long Haul Flights

I’ve become so used to long haul flights, especially since my mother hails from a country that is a 14-hour journey from where I live (that’s via Philippine Airlines, it’s a lot longer if you fly Emirates or Singapore Airlines due to stopovers).

Maybe that’s why I can sleep on these kinds of flights because I’m so used to them? Who knows. To be honest, I can sleep anywhere. Bus, train, car – as soon as we are in transit, my eyes are already closed and I’m snoring away. The first time I went to Amsterdam, I fell asleep before take off and woke up when we were landing. ?

But, there are some important things you must adhere to when taking a long haul flight because let’s face it, spending 6+ hours on a plane breathing in the recycled air of other people’s breath is not fun. Here are my tips on surviving a long haul flight:

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Wear Comfortable Clothes

Who’s the idiot who decided to wear layers (top and jumper), jeans and boots? And guess which idiot was going to the Philippines? Yeah. Smart move. NOT.

I am an advocate for wearing comfortable clothes especially if you’re going to be on a flight for a long time, but also dress for where you are going to not coming from. A loose top and leggings are great because then you can throw on a jumper if needs be. I’m also a fan of trainers because they’re the most comfortable – especially if they have memory foam in them (Skechers, I’m looking at you).

Stay Hydrated

I always find the air to be dry on a plane, so I find it best to always stay hydrated especially on long flights. (In general, you should always stay hydrated!)

Bring a refillable water bottle with you because it’s much cheaper than buying bottles of water. They always hike the price of water up when you’re at an airport! It’s ridiculous. You can find some good water bottles on Amazon for a decent price.

Also, sheet masks! Don’t worry about scaring your seat neighbour with your sheet mask because who cares – your skin is more important! You might look like Hannibal Lecter, but your skin will thank you after having to endure hours of dry air. (People’s germs are circulating in the air, for God’s sake)

Keep It Moving

Most important! Get up and stretch your legs. It’s always important to get the blood circulating in your legs plus it keeps you from boredom because it allows you to have a peek at what other people are doing on the plane (I love being a nosey parker).

If you are the sort of person who likes to move around a lot, then it’s best to get an aisle seat so you’re not always disturbing your seat neighbour!

Just don’t be that annoying person who takes up all the space in the aisle doing yoga. ?


This can be difficult for some people (I have quite a few friends who have said they can’t sleep on a plane), but if you get the chance then do it! Maybe put on a film, a podcast or some music and let that lull you to sleep.

It helps to sleep on red-eye flights, as well, because when you wake up for landing you won’t experience that much jetlag.

Pack a light blanket and travel pillow in your carry on and you are good to go. Also, don’t forget your headphones and a good book (or Kindle, iPad, whatever)!

What tips do you have for long haul flights? Let me know in the comments!

Chynna has been creating blog posts since 2009. I hope you enjoyed this post! Please feel free to leave a comment below, I love hearing from you all ?


  • Claire @ Coffee with Claire

    Amen to comfy clothes! I’m a big fan of leggings and sweats on the plane.

    I used to have motion sickness up until I turned 18 or so but I felt like all those years of flying with motion sickness has given me the ability to fall asleep almost instantly on the plane (and miraculously wake up just in time for the meal announcements :P)

    • Chynna

      Hells yeah! Oh no, I’m glad you don’t have motion sickness anymore – but good thing about the sleeping, haha.

  • Karin

    Haha, I love the idea of doing a sheet mask while flying ? Plane air IS dry though, so not a bad idea actually…

    I’m so envious of people who are able to fall asleep everywhere! That’s truly some kind of super power! It must be so nice to just close your eyes and miss the whole thing. Meanwhile, I can never sleep anywhere that’s not some kind of bed. I’m always a zombie at the end of a long journey ?

    • Chynna

      Haha, yessss – sheet masks are the best!

      I feel sorry for people who can’t sleep anywhere 🙁 Although to my detriment it does mean I fall asleep on the bus on the way to work a lot, which is not good!

  • iamperlita

    I love these! I try to get as many layovers as possible lol Have a lovely weekend! ♥
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  • jasonlikestotravel

    Comfy clothes and sleeping are the main ones for me. Definitely nice to fall asleep and miss take off / landing haha.

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