Flying is a very fast and efficient way to get from place to place than any other way possible. Most flights within the United States are not too bad as they are all relatively short in length. However, flights abroad tend to take much longer and can be difficult if you aren’t for prepared for the long haul ahead of you. Here are a number of suggestions for surviving the long flight ahead of you to anyone that is considering flying abroad.
One of the first things I would suggest is a mobile device and some headphones. Make sure that your device is fully charged before the flight as you don’t want your television show, movie, or game to stop because your device died. I recommend downloading any music, movies, or TV shows you would want to watch on the flight to keep you entertained for the duration of the flight. If you have a Netflix account, take advantage of their mobile app which allows you to download shows to watch online, which is very fortunate for any long trip. A comfortable set of headphones is absolutely key as this allows you to not only listen to your entertainment, but it also tunes out any possible annoying or troublesome distractions as well.
Another suggestion that I would make would be take a nap on the flight to avoid jet lag. From personal experience, I can tell you that jet lag is very real and not fun if you have important things you plan on doing upon arrival. To prevent this, look at your flight times and take into account the time difference between your departure location and the location you are flying to. For example, if you are leaving New York at around 7 p.m. and your flight will land at 8 a.m. Berlin time, try to take a 3 to 4-hour nap before you land. This will help you to better adjust and get some sort of sleep for the day ahead of you. To get the best possible sleep, be sure to have an eye cover and a neck pillow. These two objects alone will make your nap far more comfortable, as it is not possible to just lie down on the plane to sleep.
So remember, the key to making any long flight more enjoyable is a fully charged mobile device, especially with the Netflix app, headphones, an eye cover, and a neck pillow.