Tips for a 10-hour trans-Atlantic flight

 

Larry David by Annie Leibovitz

The Russia-U.S. flight is a killer. I usually feel like I’ve been run over by a dump truck by the time I get off the plane. I’ve noticed that a few things, however, really help survive all that time in an economy class seat.

  1. Travel in pairs – it gives you a shoulder to lean on, someone to watch your bags when you use the facilities, and hold your hand if you freak out or get homesick
  2. Did you know that many airlines have the option to request a low-fat in-flight meal? Then you don’t have to feel so bad about eating that goop they serve you – at least it’s healthier. Request when you purchase your ticket!
  3. Bring a project to work on, a good book to read and your own headphones.
  4. Bring a water bottle, and drink every single cup of H2O the flight attendants offer. You want to keep hydrated and all those trips to the restroom will force you to stretch your legs.
  5. Keep moisturizer and chapstick on hand.
  6. Sleep consistent with the time zone you’re about to enter to get ahead of jet lag.

What about you? Do you like airplane flights? Do you have any tips of your own?

P.S. A cure for jet lag.

 

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