Long-haul flights are the the most annoying things ever, next to long-haul flights with crying babies and noisy passengers. These flights can be boring, uncomfortable, and might even suck the life out of you. Thankfully, I’ve had my fair share of long-haul flights to give you a list of must-haves for your gruelling journey.
Sleeping mask and neck pillow
Nothing beats a good shuteye during a flight. Besides, if you have nothing else to do anyway, it’s best to get a good sleep.
Your favorite movies and TV series, or a good book
On a 15-hour flight back home, I just couldn’t sleep. The person behind me kept kicking the back of my seat and it was getting uncomfortable sitting for a long period of time. A friend of mine even suggested I drink the night before a long-haul so my hangover can force me to sleep the whole flight home. Clearly, that didn’t happen. Thank goodness my laptop was fully charged and I was able to watch a good Korean drama series offline until I finally reached Manila. Pretty cranky when I landed though, but at least I wasn’t too bored the whole time.
Because of the long amount of time you spend sitting down, you may experience swelling in your legs and feet. This is why it is recommended for passengers to bring comfortable and loose footwear in the plane. If ever you forgot to bring one, most airlines do provide you with fluffy slippers you can use throughout the flight.
A soft blanket is one of my top essentials. The temperature in the plane can be a bit too cold for me so I like to snuggle up with my favorite blanket and cover my whole head to block out any distractions. Most airlines also provide you with blankets for the flight but if you could bring your own favorite one, that would be 10x better.
Even after a short flight to Macau, I noticed that my face became the oiliest it has ever been. I would take an oil blotter, but I would’ve used the whole pack. It has a lot to do with how the air on the plane is recycled, so it’s still best to even just mildly cleanse before landing. It’ll wake you up too!
While your face gets super oily, the dry air also makes your lips chapped and nail beds cracked. Make sure to use a good lip balm to prevent them from bleeding! I know that because the dry air cracked most of my nail beds and they were painful for the whole trip. When I landed, I immediately rushed to get some bandages for the wounds.