How do you prepare yourself for long haul flights? What do you do to make the journey pleasant?
Packing a carry-on is hugely important, and I make sure to stock it with a variety of reading material, puzzles, and music etc.
For very long flights, I make sure I have a large scarf or something to double as a pillow or extra blanket, and a pair of thick socks. Sometimes I have an unpleasant editing job or something that I can take along - it's never as bad doing it on a plane, and when you land you can feel like you've accomplished something, instead of having just spent the last 12 hours sitting in a large tin can...
I also tend to be always always thirsty, so if possible I bring some extra water. It's gotten harder with the crazy regulations, but sometimes if I bring an empty one through security I can fill it up on the other side.
Buckleupdorothy's suggestions sound pretty spot on to me!
I completely agree on the carry-on. I always make sure to bring books, magazines, some Sudoku puzzles etc.
Because temps can differ between planes, airports etc. a light sweatshirt or jacket is definitely important. I usually prefer a zip-up or cardigan style so that I can drape it over myself like a little blanket if I get cold.
An empty fillable bottle for water is definitely important as are any essential medicines, tylenol/aspirin or similar in case of headache, and some snacks.
If it's an international flight or a flight with multiple connections I'd recommend bringing a spare change of clothes (or at least underwear and socks) in case you arrive before your luggage.
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Bring a pillow, blanket , socks, and eye cover if your airline wouldn't provide you with one. Ipod is important if the flight does not have its own entertainment or is paid. Drink lots of water. Also bring hand lotion and moisturizer. I regret drinking wine once and got a bad migraine for a long haul flight - so might as well bring meds
I try to ensure I am properly rested before the flight. During the trip, you can prepare some games to make it a fun journey: http://liliansg.hubpages.com/hub/Fun-Ga … -a-Journey
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