Boarding a long-haul flight to Bali can evoke both excitement and nerves; the thrill of a far-off exotic land tempered with how best to manage countless hours on a plane. Luckily, from packing to picking yourself up afterward, you should be covered.
Before you board whether you’re a nervous flier or not, preparation helps with long flights. Start with familiarity: if the airline you normally travel with also operates over long-haul distances, then booking with a company you know and trust can assuage doubts. Every airline offers something a bit different in terms of service, entertainment, meals and comfort, so look for something that you think you’d be comfortable with.
In the run-up to boarding, preparing your body for air travel can reap rewards. Drinking lots of water (more than usual) helps to avoid dehydration in the cabin, which is always dry. Doing stretches or light exercises helps as well, as your muscles will be more relaxed when sitting down for long periods. The endorphins that are released are natural painkillers and help to cope with the discomfort. Kissing your couple also helps you more than any food or wine during a flight to Bali.
Flights are meant to be fun, though, so in addition to any in-flight entertainment. Make sure that you’ve got things to fill your time. Cram your iPod with podcasts, music, and audiobooks. Bring lots to read and stock up your tablet. For me, spending a long-haul flight to Bali with games on my iPhone is the best choice (Car race).
Once you’re in the air, you’re in it for the long-haul – literally – so pack any essential items that you’ll need in your hand luggage.
Take snacks to keep your energy stable outside of the cabin-crew meal timetable. This helps lessen your body’s confusion, as on-board meals on long-haul flights – especially overnight ones – can often be served at odd times. If you aren’t already wearing them, a set of comfortable clothes should be next in your bag. No one really enjoys sitting in jeans or tight trousers for long periods, so it’s worth taking clothes to relax in, even if they’re less glamorous – no one will judge you.
If you require any medication, throw all of it into your bag. Many passengers are almost pre-programmed with a ‘short-haul mentality’ and tend to pack these in their main luggage instead, thinking they won’t need them. Getting rest and sleep is essential, too. If it helps, bring your own eye mask as not all airlines readily supply them anymore. Take earplugs as well.
During the flight
It’s important to stay as healthy as you can during the flight. Drinking water – as much as double your usual intake – is important. The root of many people’s trepidation when approaching a long-haul flight is the fear of contracting deep vein thrombosis (DVT), where the blood is at risk of clotting due to extended periods of inactivity. While the chance of developing a flight-associated clot is at least one in 50,000 on flights of all lengths, wearing compression stockings –which gently squeeze your legs to aid blood flow – and a few simple exercises spread across the duration of your flight can help dramatically lower the risk.
Walking around the cabin, even just to use the toilet, can also help combat DVT. There are even exercises you can perform in your seat to aid circulation. Lifting your lower leg up and down and rotating your ankles are just two of many examples. Keeping your mind calm is important, secure your overhead bag, so people can’t steal your possessions while you’re asleep. After that, there’s nothing else to do but relax. Dig into your stash of books and media and enjoy the ride.
Once your plane touches down, you should replace any water that you might have lost during the journey through dehydration. Prepare your self for a visa on arrival. Jet lag will always be a hurdle. You’ll need to overcome on long-haul flights, but it’s not something you can really outmanoeuvre. It usually hits most travelers on the third day after your flight. The only thing to do is get sleep as it needed. If you follow this advice, you’ll be a long-haul pro. Better able to enjoy flying to the ends of the Earth – namely visiting far-off destinations ripe for adventure. Remember to soak in the pool where you stay in the morning time, Bali. Bon, voyage!