Having recently spent 15+ hours on a plane to Hong Kong and back, there were a few things I learned that I thought I’d share with you.
9 tips for really long flights:
1. Pack a small essentials bag to keep in your seat with you.
Personally I hate having to get up into the overhead bins, but I also don’t like to have too much down at my feet. So the smallest bag/tote/pouch you can get away with having in/under your seat will make the flight seem less hectic. If all you have are the essentials and you keep a bag of everything else up above, then you won’t be worried about losing anything. I used the black PAK by Blair Ritchey.
On my recent trip to China, I was lucky that no one was sitting next to me on any of my flights so I could use that seat to hold my book, magazine, computer, water bottle, and my essentials pouch.
2. Get a neck pillow.
Trust me. Do it. I didn’t have one on my flight from NYC to Hong Kong, and man did I regret it. I didn’t realize they’d have the lights off almost the entire time, making it a lot easier to doze off (for someone who almost never sleeps on planes). I slept about half the flight, but I was constantly adjusting my pillow and scarf and I woke up with a crick in my neck.
For my flight home, I went ahead and bought a neck pillow in the Hong Kong airport and I am SO GLAD I did. I slept probably 2/3 of the flight back, and my neck didn’t hurt at all. I bought this neck pillow and it is the bomb. Seriously, if you sleep on flights, you need to get one. A good one. They are worth every inch of space they take up if you are going on a long flight. I recommend this neck pillow. Continue reading…