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16 Tips To Make Your Next Long-Ass Flight So Much Easier

Travelling is great...15-hour flights are not.

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1. Check in online.

Most airlines offer check-in 24 hours before your flight departs. Not only can you choose your seat, but sometimes the earlier you check in, the higher your chances are of being upgraded.
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Most airlines offer check-in 24 hours before your flight departs. Not only can you choose your seat, but sometimes the earlier you check in, the higher your chances are of being upgraded.

2. When choosing your seat, avoid the first few rows of each seating section.

That's usually where families with kids are seated, so there's a higher chance of a (possibly screaming) baby being near you.
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That's usually where families with kids are seated, so there's a higher chance of a (possibly screaming) baby being near you.

3. Try to get a seat near the wing.

During turbulence, the plane rocks like a see-saw. If you're in the middle, it'll feel a little less bumpy.
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During turbulence, the plane rocks like a see-saw. If you're in the middle, it'll feel a little less bumpy.

4. Go for a run or hit the gym before your flight.

Exercising helps reduce stress, and we all know how stressful airports can be. Also, hopefully you'll tire yourself out and you'll fall asleep more easily once you're in the air.
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Exercising helps reduce stress, and we all know how stressful airports can be. Also, hopefully you'll tire yourself out and you'll fall asleep more easily once you're in the air.

5. Make the most of terminal shopping before you board.

You're going to be sitting down for up to 15 hours without a chance to really move around. Rather than waiting at the gate to begin boarding, stretch your legs and go window shopping to get your blood flowing.
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You're going to be sitting down for up to 15 hours without a chance to really move around. Rather than waiting at the gate to begin boarding, stretch your legs and go window shopping to get your blood flowing.

6. Bring an empty water bottle and fill it up once you pass through security.

Saves you spending $5 on overpriced airport water. And you can ask flight attendants to refill it with drinking water mid-flight.
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Saves you spending $5 on overpriced airport water. And you can ask flight attendants to refill it with drinking water mid-flight.

7. Change your watch or phone clock to your destination's time zone as soon as you board.

To avoid jet lag, sync yourself as early as possible. If it's 10pm at your destination when you board, try to sleep through the first half of the flight. That way you won't be exhausted and sleepless when you arrive there in the morning.
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To avoid jet lag, sync yourself as early as possible. If it's 10pm at your destination when you board, try to sleep through the first half of the flight. That way you won't be exhausted and sleepless when you arrive there in the morning.

8. Bring snacks.

Airline food is kinda gross, plus all the snacks they offer are salty and will just dehydrate you even more. Pack some easy-to-transport snacks like raw veggies, nuts, and crackers, or have a look at these ideas. Also, we all know how atrocious the coffee and tea is on board. Bring some luxe teabags from home if you want that caffeine hit without the battery acid taste.
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Airline food is kinda gross, plus all the snacks they offer are salty and will just dehydrate you even more. Pack some easy-to-transport snacks like raw veggies, nuts, and crackers, or have a look at these ideas. Also, we all know how atrocious the coffee and tea is on board. Bring some luxe teabags from home if you want that caffeine hit without the battery acid taste.

9. Invest in a portable phone charger.

And load up your phone or tablet with movies, just in case the in-flight entertainment is shit. Also download a bunch of games that you don't need internet to play.
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And load up your phone or tablet with movies, just in case the in-flight entertainment is shit. Also download a bunch of games that you don't need internet to play.

10. Or use airport TVs to charge your phone on stopovers.

Let the peasants fight over who gets to use the wall sockets while you sneakily plug your charging cord into the USB port in the back of a TV.
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Let the peasants fight over who gets to use the wall sockets while you sneakily plug your charging cord into the USB port in the back of a TV.

11. Always bring a jumper or hoodie on board.

Even if you're not cold enough to wear it, you can roll it up and use it as a pillow.
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Even if you're not cold enough to wear it, you can roll it up and use it as a pillow.

12. Bring lip balm and face moisturiser.

Reapply it once or twice throughout the flight. There's nothing worse than arriving at your destination and feeling like a dried-up crispy monster.
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Reapply it once or twice throughout the flight. There's nothing worse than arriving at your destination and feeling like a dried-up crispy monster.

13. Wear leggings or trackies.

Jeans on long-haul flights are just the worst. Either that or bring PJs to change into just after takeoff.
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Jeans on long-haul flights are just the worst. Either that or bring PJs to change into just after takeoff.

14. Bring an extra pair of underwear and a T-shirt in your carry-on.

Get changed just before you land and arrive at your destination feeling refreshed AF.
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Get changed just before you land and arrive at your destination feeling refreshed AF.

15. Invest in one of these sleep collars if you want to sleep like a baby but look like you're dead.

It's better than your standard neck travel pillows because it supports your neck and keeps your head upright while you sleep. It definitely looks ridiculous, but it's actually pretty great.

16. If all else fails, get loaded.

You can bring as much booze on board as you like, as long as the bottles are under 100ml. Sweet dreams!
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You can bring as much booze on board as you like, as long as the bottles are under 100ml. Sweet dreams!