If I told you that I was excited for our 13 hour flight over to Southeast Asia I would be flat-out lying… I’m actually a little bit anxious as the longest flight we’ve taken was from Toronto to Copenhagen, and if I remember correctly that was around eight hours.
13 hours. Twice the time it takes to get to our beloved islands in the middle of the Pacific.
To prepare myself for this incredibly long flight I’ve read through tip after tip for long haul flights and have talked to a few friends to get their words of advice. And after many hours I’ve compiled a list of my favorite tips, which I’m sharing with you today.
- Disinfectant Wipes and Hand Sanitizer
Because, O.C.D… not to mention I’m a slight germaphobe. 😉 I try hard not to think about it because I might just cancel my flight, but taking a few packages of wipes and slathering on sanitizer helps my anxiety a little.
- Compression socks:
I’ve read positive and negative reviews on compression socks for long flights, so I was a bit torn on if Cody and I really need them. However, as I started to think about our flights to Hawaii, I remembered that toward the end of those flights my feet feel like they begin to swell a little. With that thought in mind I purchased two pairs of socks (one for me and one for Cody) and am hoping that these babies will keep us comfortable.
- iPad and Macbook:
We are loading these up with good movies and some of our favorite games–and of course we’ll remember to pack our headphones and the headphone splitter so we can watch our shows together.
Have you seen that movie called, the Beach, starring Leo DiCaprio? I haven’t either, and I haven’t read the award-winning book; however, when I found out that this book is based on one the locations we are traveling to, I knew that I’d have the perfect book to read to help pass the time.
I’m also packing two of my favorite travel guides to read on our flight home: Fiji and Tahiti. Can you guess where we’re headed for our five-year anniversary next year??? 🙂 Let’s not get me started on how excited I am for THAT trip!!
I’ll pack some of our favorite snacks before we leave and when we get to the airport I’ll grab a few of our favorite drinks as well. I know it’s overpriced, but I’d rather have it and not drink it then really want a drink and not have it.
- Eye Mask, Ear Plugs, Travel Pillow, and Zzquil
Because let’s face it… time passes quickest when we’re sleeping, and I’m really hoping to get some sleep at some point along the way…
Of course it goes without saying, but we’ll be packing our expensive camera gear, our scuba gear, cell phones, paperwork, passports, money, and all of the other important necessities in our carry on bags as well. I’ve learned that if you don’t want it lost or stolen, you should keep it with you at all times. 🙂
What did I miss? Share your long haul flight tips below!