So: Top Tips for Long Haul.
- Check in early. Some airports have very complicated check in procedures. Schipol (that's Amsterdam) is now all automated - if you've got kids and bags there's not a lot of assistance.
- Carry sleeping tablets.
- Water. Buy a bottle of drinking water in the airport lounge before you leave and top it up on the plane.
- Try and get onto the plane early. There's often a scrum for overhead locker space.
- Take eye shades, ear plugs and toothbrush.
- Carry a cardigan or wrap. You can get added warmth if the blankets aren't enough.
- Buy access to a lounge or a shower if you're stopping enroute.
- Remove contact lens. Wear glasses instead.
- Eat a proper meal at your stopover because airplane meals are never wonderful.
- Ask for fruit snacks mid-flight - often there's a bowl of apples.
- Make sure there's someone to drive you home from the airport.
And remember: these flights are costing you the price of a small diamond ring, so you may as well enjoy them. Watch as many movies as you can!
|Le Bris, 1868: no long haul and no movies. Image from Wikipedia|