Traveling to a new place is fun. But the flights are the most tiresome. Having gone on my first 15-hour flight I’ve learned a lot. I went in expecting the worse but being prepared it went by easily. However, it can still be overwhelming being in a plane that long with a lot of people. Here’s how to pass time on a long flight so you’re not freaking out. The end goal is to enjoy a beautiful new place so you can start that trip smoothly on the flight over.Going on a long flight? Here are some tips to make it easy! Click To Tweet
Even if you don’t think you need it, make sure to download and pack your carry on with things you might need. Especially if it’s your first long flight. Eventually, you’ll know what you need and won’t have to pack everything. But being prepared will help in case something doesn’t go right. It’s better to be safe than sorry. I downloaded a whole season of The Office, a couple of my favorite movies, packed a snack and water, took a book, and even packed some leggings. You know what you like and need to be comfortable. I talked more about what I pack in my carry-on here.
Relax and Breathe
Go in with a good attitude. Seems obvious but be nice to the other passengers and flight attendants as well. I was texting friends and family up until they told us to go into airplane mode and it helped to distract me. Taking off I did things that keep me calm when I’m anxious so I read my Bible and watched a couple of messages. But the whole time I tried to stay positive and easy. I brushed little things off and was hyping myself the whole time for my trip. Since I’m not the most extroverted, I did push myself to at least smile at the people at my row and flight attendants. It helps ease and makes it less stressful for everyone. I’m an anxious person and wouldn’t stop texting everyone before boarding and freaking out makes it worse. So make sure to do everything you like and know will keep you calm.
Time and Schedule Everything
Timing things can help to anticipate how the flight will go. This was the biggest thing I did. I did my reading at the start until dinner time because then I could put my books away. This meant I didn’t have to dig for them later and I got it out of the way. At dinner, I only focused on my food so I didn’t watch anything. Once dinner was completely cleared away, that’s when I started watching a movie. After a whole movie, I tried to sleep, which I did take Zzzquil. But I made sure that sleeping would take up the bulk of my flight towards the middle. Ideally, you would be able to sleep for a good few hours. I did wake up a ton on my way to Australia but made sure to sit quietly and eventually I went back to sleep an hour at a time.
Ideally, after you sleep enough, you will only be awake a few hours before landing. I usually just watch movies for the rest of the time. By the last food service, I again stopped everything I was doing and just focused on my food. Eventually, once it’s cleared there’s about an hour or so left. I planned a last bathroom break at this time and gathered my things to be ready. Then I just watched a movie and mentally prepared for the descent. Doing this helped me think of things in time blocks instead of looking at a whole 15-hour flight that I had to get over. Once I finished one thing, I realized time was moving along and just moved on to my next planned activity.
Some Random Tips
- Take it slow! You have a lot of time so don’t rush anything. Let yourself enjoy the food, movie, book, etc.
- Ask all the questions. I did my first long flight by myself and wanted to be prepared. The flight attendants were so friendly. Shout out Delta! I love you.
- Pick the right seat. There are websites like SeatGuru (not a sponsored link) that let you look at the plane layout and tell you which are good seats and some even have reviews from others.
- Stand up to go to the bathroom even if there are people waiting. I usually hate doing this but since you’re sitting for a really long time, standing helps blood flow and gives you a bit of a break.
- Watch a TV show instead of watching a movie. Watching a show will let you flow from episode to episode without having to stop and pick something new to watch. But do note, that if you don’t download something beforehand, airplanes only have parts of seasons, not the entire thing.
Here’s how to pass time on a long flight! What do you like to do to pass the time on a flight? What are some tips you would give?