Business flights aren’t quite the same as going on holiday. There are no cocktails, white beaches, lapping turquoise seas and sun loungers waiting for you after a long and tiring flight. More likely, a boardroom or conference centre.
Planning for an important business trip is stressful enough, so it’s important to know how to deal with long haul flying and, hopefully, reduce the amount of jet lag you’ll have.
Here are some valuable tips for surviving a long haul flight so you’ll arrive at your destination relaxed, well rested and ready to do business.
Business attire is fine for the boardroom but not for a 14 hour flight. Do you really want to sleep in a business suit?
Choose comfortable, loose fitting clothing, preferably in breathable cotton. Cabin temperatures can vary greatly, from blasts of chilly air con to hot, stuffy and dry air heating, so choose layers that you can easily remove and put on.
Pre-Book your Seat
If you’re flying in economy, choose an emergency exit seat. There’s more leg room and you’ll be able to stretch out. You won’t be disturbed by a wriggling babe-in-arms either, as they aren’t allowed in the exit rows.
Most airlines provide a lay out of the aircraft online, so you can pre-book your seat as soon as you book your flight.
Sitting in the same position for hours on end is not good for you. It causes stiff muscles and can reduce your circulation which, in severe cases, can result in deep vein thrombosis.
Move around the cabin every couple of hours and do some simple, stretching exercises when you’re seated, to improve circulation.
Drink Plenty of Water
Alcohol has a more potent effect in the sky and it also makes you sleep badly. Limit alcohol to a glass of wine with your meals and drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. Use soothing eye drops to prevent dry, itchy eyes and avoid the ‘red-eye’ look when you land.
Getting to the Airport
Make sure your journey begins well by arriving at the airport in plenty of time for your flight.
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