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How to Make a Long Plane Flight More Enjoyable, Part 1

February 11, 2020

At Cruise Lady: Latter-day Adventures, we’re proud to offer a variety of both cruises and land tours for members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. From our numerous cruise packages to our Israel or Jordan tours, Machu Picchu trips or many others, we’ve spent years providing Church members and their families with enthralling vacations that bring them closer to their faith.

For many of our land tours, a lengthy flight or two will be required to get you from your home city to your traveling destination. Keep in mind that even if you’ve been on a cross-country flight or something similar in the past, there’s a big difference between being in the air for three or four hours and flying for north of double-digit hours at once. With that in mind, this two-part blog will go over some of our top tips for making long plane flights more enjoyable as you make your way to your destination.

Clothes and Shoes

For starters, one of the simplest and easiest areas to control when it comes to your comfort on an upcoming lengthy flight is what you wear. Our first recommendation here is dressing in strategic layers – you may get hot or cold at various points on the flight, and you want to be able to respond accordingly. Wear breathable, soft materials that are comfortable and flexible; we recommend against tight clothing or anything that will scratch or irritate you.

In addition, the shoes you wear are important to consider. Do your best to avoid clunky, impractical shoes like heels or boots, which will not only be uncomfortable on the plane but also while walking to and from terminals and other locations. You also want to wear shoes that are easy to slip on and off so you can navigate security checkpoints easily, plus so you can slip them off once you’re on the plane and let your feet breathe.

Early Check-In

If the option is offered for your flight, take a few minutes to check-in online before heading to the airport–even the night before, if possible. If you are not checking any bags, this saves time waiting in line and allows you to pick your seat in advance, plus it just makes everything that much more convenient.

Noise, Earplugs and Eye Shades

The absolute last thing you want to be dealing with for 12 hours on a flight is an annoying baby or talkative passenger behind you. It’s vital to pack proper earplugs, headphones or other noise-cancelling items, especially if you hope to sleep for chunks of the flight. Also, it can be helpful to take some eye shades along so you can block out unwanted light from windows, nearby computer screens or when the flight attendants have the cabin lights on when you want to catch some shut eye.

Light, Healthy Snack

Whether you pack this yourself or find it in the airport before boarding, a healthy snack to help you get through any period without in-flight food service is a great choice. Consider those you can easily put in a plastic bag, such as trail mix, fruit combinations or some carrots. Avoid greasy or pungent foods that not only could interfere with other passengers but might make you tired or sick to your stomach.

For more tips on how to make long flights more enjoyable, or to learn about any of our vacation packages, speak to the staff at Cruise Lady: Latter-day Adventures today.

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