What To Do To Enjoy Your Flight

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You’re eager to get to your destination, but you have to endure a long-haul flight, perhaps to Paris? That’ll be 6 hours 15 minutes with not great food, dry air, and not much room to move. What can you do to enjoy this long flight? Here are some suggestions:

Prior To Flying:

  • Use Seat Guru to determine the best seat on the plane
  • I also recommend checking out the reviews on Skytrax to read the reviews about the airline you are taking. The website covers Economy and Business seats as well as the airline lounges.
  • Flight Upgrade if you can: that extra leg room and comfort might be worth the extra cost
  • Scour the plane for an empty row so that you can switch to that row just before the flight takes off. I have done this and have found seats without a seat-mate. You get extra room without the cost!

During Your Flight

Bose Quietcomfort 20i Noise-cancelling headphones Long flight

  • Noise-Cancelling Headphones: I have a pair of in ear headphones by Bose (QuietComfort 20i). There are many different brands but I LOVE my Bose. They provide “white noise” that blocks out virtually all sound and I can listen to music or watch a movie in peace, without the roar of an engine. I even use them to sleep on the plane AND in my apartment in Paris as sometimes the crowds leaving the bars late at night can be noisy.
  • Eye Mask and Neck Pillow: I have an inflatable pillow so it takes up less room in my carry-on bag. Why do I like it? So my head doesn’t keep bopping down when I am sleeping. The eye mask will block out any light such as the video screen and it will also help you sleep.
  • Empty water bottle: yes, we all know that we can’t go through customs with a bottle full of water, so I go through with an empty one and fill it up when I get into the departures lounge. Better yet, once you’re on the plane, fill ‘r up! It might be the last time you see a flight attendant walking buy to offer you a glass of water. Keeping hydrated will help you deal with the impending jet lag!
  • Pashmina Shawl/Wrap/Scarf/Jacket: If we only had our own thermostat on the plane. Too many times the air conditioning has been on full blast on the plane and the airline blanket is just not enough to keep me warm, particularly when I am trying to sleep, so I always bring something that will keep me a bit warmer. A pashmina becomes extra useful as a cover-up when I go out at night.
  • iPad: tablets are great because they are light compared to carrying a book and the bonus is that you can also listen to your music and watch videos. I highly recommend you check if your library is partnered with “Hoopla” and “Overdrive”.Hoopla
    • Hoopla: provides movies and music FREE OF CHARGE! You are limited to 8 movies/television shows a month and although there aren’t thousands of titles, every month they seem to include a couple of new releases. All FREE! [Note:

      Titles can only be streamed on PC and Mac computers. Titles are available for download on mobile devices, such as iOS (iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch) and supported Android phones or tablets.]

    • Overdrive: another app which allows you to download ebooks from the library. There are still due dates; however, you can be notified when a book becomes available, just like your regular library notification. I love them both!
  • Gravol (Dimenhydrinate), Benadryl or Melatonin: on overnight flights, I want to sleep so that I am not a zombie when arriving in Paris in the morning. I take ½ a Gravol at dinnertime on the plane to get me drowsy. The bonus is that it will help with motion sickness. I am not pushing drugs so be sure to try out the sleeping aid in advance.
    • What’s most important is that you at least try to sleep, so that when you arrive you will have some energy to tour the city. The worst thing you can do is go to your hotel and go to bed when you arrive. The best way to deal with jetlag is to set your watch to the local time and go by that.
    • Spend the day walking around Paris, have lunch and dinner and then go to bed at say, 9 pm when you are tired. If you take a nap, you will have a more difficult time adjusting to Paris time.
  • Contact Lenses: take them out during the flight. The air is dry and you’ll be sleeping and once you wake up and put in your contacts you’ll feel (somewhat) refreshed.
  • Get up and walk around. Deep Vein Thrombosis can occur when blood clots in the deep veins if you don’t move around and stretch on long flights. Compression socks can help.

Upon Arrival

Toothbrush and toothpaste: pack this in your carry-on, so that when you arrive you can zip into the washroom and brush your teeth before picking up your luggage. You will feel refreshed and will not have the feeling of “furry teeth”.

Facial Wipes: Olay and many other brands make them. Basically it’s a wash cloth that can freshen you up when you arrive. I use it to clean up my face and then apply my make up so I don’t scare the French upon arrival.


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