How to Survive a Long-Haul Flight


To date, the record is at 17.5 hours non-stop flight. Almost a day stuck in your uncomfortable seat on air? How do you survive that?

Here are 14 tips on how to survive a long-haul flight:

These were collected by Frommers from various travelers they interviewed.


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    1. “I rely on my Brookstone eye mask. It’s incredibly comfortable and dark—a total blackout mask.  Plus, it’s machine washable.”
    2. “Load up on a list of (legal) drugs one could take to bring on unconsciousness for part of the trip.”
    3. Bring real pillows, not just a neck pillow.
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Eat like a VIP by bringing your own

Eat like a VIP by bringing your own

    1. “Bring your own food, especially if you’re traveling with kids.”
    2. “Bring snacks from home with an ice pack. Raw veggies, good cheese, nuts, dried fruit, dark chocolate….caviar….pop chips”



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    1. “Pack an iPad with the episodes of TV series you’re following at home.” “Load up an iPad with one’s own entertainment.”
    2. “I watch a lot of TV. Watching TV really helps to pass the time.”


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    1. “The key is choosing the right carrier. The single most important factor in surviving the long-long haul flight is seat comfort.”
    2. “I always check If I’m going to be stuck in a seat for that long, I want it to be the most comfortable seat possible.”
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    1. “Don’t stay stuck in that seat. Since deep vein thrombosis, a dangerous medical condition, can strike those who don’t move enough on long flights, it’s important to walk about the cabin. You have to get up and move.”
    2. “Drink a lot of water to stay hydrated and so you’ll have a reason to get up to use the bathroom.”
    3. “Do lots of ankle pumps and rotations while you are sitting still.”


    1. “On a really long flight—like the last time I flew from Hong Kong to New York—I divided up the 16 or 17 hours or so into quadrants. I had activities planned for every four hours (eating, sleeping, watching television, working) and by doing that, it sort of cut the flight down, made it less intimidating.”
    2. “I forget who first came up with this idea, and it’s mainly for buses and trains, where seats are not assigned, but it works on planes, too, apparently. Board early, and dangle a piece of string from the side of your mouth. Act normally, but make sure to dangle the string visibly. This increases the chance that whoever was supposed to sit next to you will politely request a new seat. Because no one wants to sit next to mouth-string-freak guy.” 😀


  • Chap Stick
  • Soft socks
  • Shawls
  • Real pillows (as opposed to neck pillows)
  • Good books
  • Hand wipes
  • Saline nose spray
  • Noise-cancelling headphones


What’s your long-haul flight ninja trick? Comment below and then share to your friends who are about to embark in a looooong journey!

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