Andrew brings you his top 5 things to do on a long-haul flight.

Long-haul flights are a necessity if you want to reach the other side of the world but the long-haul flight is not something to fear, in fact being sat in one place with a TV, food being brought to you and inclusive drinks…that’s the dream!

Here are my top 5 things to do on a long-haul flight!

Travel comfortably!

Before heading onto a long-haul flight you want to make sure you are travelling as comfortable as possible. If like me, you don’t turn left for first class on a plane, you won’t have a lot of space – or the fizz on arrival – at your seat. So, make sure you do not have too much clutter around you and wear comfortable clothes. Depending on how much you feel the cold, planes can often feel like a frozen tundra, so warm jogging bottoms and a comfy jumper to hand is essential.

Create a playlist!

Before take-off or just after, spend a bit of time scanning the onboard entertainment system. There are often a plethora of films and TV shows that you may not have seen before. I recommend selecting contrasting films so you’re not watching back to back thrillers where the films could blur into one 5-hour long hunt for a killer. Add in some comedy or  nostaligic programmes like Fawlty Towers to break up the films. Then sit back and enjoy the flight.

CD discs shining rainbow colours

Get up and have a walk!

One of the most important things is to get up every now and again, stretch your legs and wander around. I have chatted to the staff before, got to know them, found out how many different languages they speak, it’s not a bad thing to get on the good side of the staff. Performing a few stretching moves may look a little strange but will work wonders and keep your body from getting restless again.

Get a drink…or many!

One of the best things about long-haul flights is free drinks! Even if you don’t drink you can request juices and soft drinks whenever you like. For me, a beer with food, gin and tonics before the lights go down…perfect!Free gin and tonic on a long haul flight table

Get ready for bed!

Some people can find it hard to sleep on a plane, I am one of them. The best thing to do is get ready for bed, try to stick to your normal routine as best as possible. Head to the bathroom, wash your face, brush your teeth and then tuck your self in. It may not be as comfy as your bed at home but the psychological process will help you sleep…at least for a bit.

Thanks for reading my top 5 things to do on long-haul flights. Let me know if you have any other suggestions on how to break up a long flight and check out our long-haul destinations here ->