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How to Survive a Long Flight

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by Sharon Higson (subscribe)
At 59 life is divine - adventure on!!
Published October 18th 2013
Travelling gets you where you want to go
Australia is a long way from a lot of places. When you travel from Sydney to Los Angeles it takes 12 hours and 59 minutes. The distance travelled is 12,060 kilometers at an air speed of 333 kilometers an hour.

Not all destinations are that far away, Singapore is 7 hours. Some people swear however, they will never get on these flights, it's too long. We don't have space travel yet or beaming technology so we have to travel to far off destinations by plane. It is a preferred means of travel compared to the ancestors who spent months on a ship with no luxuries whatsoever, including a bed to sleep in.

Don't let the length of the flight stop you from adventuring. Disneyland is 40 minutes from the Los Angeles airport.

Surviving a Long Flight
We have to fly to far off destinations!


Travel agents are numerous and knowledgeable. Use their assistance. They can get you where you want to go. To do it yourself Webjet books flights, hotels, packages and rental cars. Go here and check it out.

Be organized, have all your papers and passport in a folder, tuck them into your carry on, purse or laptop bag. This allows for easy access.

If you know that you will have to get up numerous times to stretch your legs or go to the bathroom it is a good idea to get an aisle seat. The window is great for sightseeing and leaning on to sleep. If your seat partners don't move you are stuck, the aisle allows you freedom without disturbing them.

Taking off and landing can be a problem for people's ears. A diver's trick to clear your ears is to pinch your nose closed and blow, without letting any air escape your mouth. You should feel your ears clear.

Comfort is important. Wear loose fitting clothing that you can move around in, shoes that are easy to get off and on.

Surviving a Long Flight
Wear comfy clothing


Be well hydrated. Liquids weighing more than 100mls are not allowed through security, including water bottles. Purchase something to drink inside the secure zone before boarding.

Carrying a watch lets you know you can sleep for another couple of hours if you wake up unsure of the time.

You get on the plane, settle in. Beverages are served, you have dinner (a snack and breakfast are also served), cabin lights are dimmed simulating night so you can sleep. This adjusts your body to a different time zone. Bring a neck pillow or something to help you sleep upright.

Surviving a Long Flight
Neck pillows help you to sleep


Bring your own head phones. On a long flight with numerous movies and music to entertain you a good set of ear buds or head phones are invaluable. Noise cancelling headphones come with a price but reduce outside plane noise so you can enjoy the moves.

Surviving a Long Flight
Good headphones make a difference!


Carry snacks if you like to nibble. A good book is essential. All can be purchased in the airport terminal.

Surviving a Long Flight
A good book is essential!


Be prepared and you will survive the flight emerging on the other side of the world before you know it.
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I find that chewing gum on take off and landings helps as well.
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