Long-haul flights can take a toll even on seasoned travellers. Follow these tips to make your journey a thoroughly comfortable and enjoyable one. By Rachel AJ Lee
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Wear loose clothing for maximum comfort. Go for removable layers, as it may get chilly 30,000 feet in the air. You can easily remove your jacket upon reaching your destination, should it be a warm one. Opt for comfortable footwear that can be slipped on and off with ease.
Alcohol and caffeine dehydrate your body and are known stimulants, so it may be best to consume those sparingly on a red-eye flight. Stay hydrated by sipping water throughout the flight, and don’t wait until you are thirsty.
Bring the right accessories
It certainly is no fashion piece, but an eye mask helps you to fall asleep faster and cope with jet lag by blocking out light. This is as light affects the body’s circadian rhythm. You may also want to bring a neck pillow, as it helps to reduce head movements and can be moulded into several shapes to support your back.
Do in-seat exercises
Avoid deep vein thrombosis (DVT), the formation of blood clots in deep veins, by doing in-seat exercises that help with blood circulation. Try lifting your feet off the ground and rotating your ankles, and working your calves by putting your heels on the floor and pointing your toes upward. You may also want to consider wearing compression stockings, if you are at an increased risk of developing DVT.
To avoid a scenario where you’re unable to use your mobile devices, always make sure they are fully charged when you board the plane. Remember to bring a power bank or USB connector for charging your devices – if you’re travelling on an aircraft equipped with USB ports.
Fly on Premium Economy
Need more space onboard, but Business Class is out of your budget? You might want to consider Premium Economy Class. With spacious leather seats featuring a width of up to 19.5 inches, a 38-inch seat pitch and an 8-inch recline, stretch out comfortably on Singapore Airlines’ Premium Economy Class. You’ll also receive a Premium Economy Class amenity kit for freshening up after a long journey.
This article first appeared on www.silverkris.com.