10 Tips for Long Flights

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I love flying. Do you? (If you have flight anxiety, check out this post for ways to overcome that.)

I love the high energy of anticipation in airports, how quickly one can cross a country or an ocean and the sense of adventure that comes with rising into the air.

However, those treks from coast to coast across the US or reaching those international destinations might require hours of sitting on an airplane. To make these trips more enjoyable and less stressful, try these 10 tips for long flights.

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10 Tips for Long Flights

Long flights of 6 or more hours can not only cause physical fatigue, they may create mental stress and increase the risk for dehydration, upset your digestive system and interfere with sleep patterns.

I accept that exploring a new destination in a faraway place comes with a price, beyond the cost of the airline ticket. There are ways to ease the effects however. Try these 10 tips for long flights so that you arrive ready for your adventure.

Stay Hydrated

One of the most common effects from long flights is dehydration. While flying it’s very easy to become dehydrated due to the airplane cabin’s low humidity levels.

As a result, you feel thirsty and your mucous membranes in the nose, throat and sinuses dry out. A headache frequently accompanies dehydration along with dry lips and skin.

To counter dehydration, drink LOTS of water. Most people won’t. Why? They might have to use the restroom more. This is actually a bonus though, as getting up and moving frequently is another important tip.

Those little cups of water offered during the flight are not enough. Carry your own water canister and refill it frequently. Note: you must take an empty cannister through security however once through that checkpoint, you can fill your cannister and carry it onto the plane.

If you run out of water, ask the flight attendant for a refill.

Sleep as Much as Possible

Especially on red eye flights, that travel to international destinations at night, sleeping helps you arrive feeling more fresh and ready to go.

Many people, including me, find it difficult to sleep while airborne.

Bring an eye mask and earplugs to help shut out light and noise. Get comfortable with a neck pillow and blanket. Or play a movie you’ve seen many times, turn the volume down low and sleep through it.

Whenever you stir, drink water, walk to the restroom and then get comfy and try sleeping again.

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!0 Tips for Long Flights – stay hydrated and get as much sleep as possible

Choose an Aisle Seat

If you get to choose your seat, pick the aisle seat. That location makes it easier to get up to stretch, go to the restroom and occasionally stretch your legs out. Just don’t leave your legs out in the aisle to prevent tripping another passenger or a flight attendant.

Bring a Book to Read

If sleeping is out of the question for you, bring a book you’ve been meaning to read. For fun, try a genre you wouldn’t normally consider. You can pick up paperback books at the airport or purchase one from your favorite shop and when finished with it, give it to someone at your return airport or leave it in a the restroom or on a table in a cafe for another passenger to pick up.

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10 Tips for Long Flights – choose an aisle seat if possible

Avoid Sugar, Alcohol and Caffeine

Avoiding products with sugar helps to prevent a sugar rush and the tiredness that follows and for some, like me, sugar can cause restless legs.

And alcohol and caffeine contribute to dehydration. Drink water instead of wine or soda.

Bonus tip: flying creates digestive distress, also known as gassiness. To prevent discomfort and perhaps embarrassment, also avoid carbonated drinks, veggies like broccoli, red meat, apples and other high fiber foods, beans and fried foods.

Distract Yourself

If you can’t sleep and reading isn’t your thing, try watching a movie or series, listening to music, playing games or chatting with your seatmate, if that person is awake too and wants to engage.

My personal favorite activity while on long flights is movie watching. I enjoy browsing through the large selection of on flight films and catching up on movies I’ve missed. I like carrying my own earbuds with me but they are available on request.

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10 Tips for Long Flights – I enjoyed chatting with my seat mate on my trip to Dublin Ireland.

Walk and Stretch Frequently

It’s important to keep muscles limber by taking frequent walking and stretching breaks. Use your trips to the restroom as an opportunity to stretch out cramped leg muscles and also improve circulation and help prevent swelling in lower legs and ankles.

Wear Comfy Clothes

During long flights, wear the comfiest clothes possible. Doing so creates less restriction and improves circulation. This isn’t the time for tight jeans. Opt for loose fitting pants, layered shirts, light jacket and sneakers. The only exception might be if you are taking boots along on the trip, then wear those to save space in your carryon or luggage.

I like layering because it’s generally very cool in the cabin and I can add the lightweight jacket over two shirts or use it as a blanket.

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10 Tips for Long Flights – dress in comfiest clothes possible

Try Compression Socks

If your legs or feet tend to swell during long flights, try compression socks. I tried these for the first time last December, flying to Edinburgh, and I loved them. My legs and feet didn’t swell and they were less restless. In fact, I wore them every day while walking in Edinburgh and they seemed to invigorate my legs.

Remove Shoes during Flight

Carry an extra pair of thick, woolen socks and put them on during the flight.

On my last international flight, I removed my boots after we reached cruising altitude and pulled on a pair of thick woolen socks over my compression socks. It raised my coziness level considerably.

And bonus, when I wear those socks now I’m instantly transported back to that overnight flight and the thrill of adventure.

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Favorite Alignment Quotes

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This year, 2023, is my Year of Alignment. As we pass the halfway mark, with six months gone already, I’m more aware than ever how important alignment is to me.

I look forward to sharing with you soon what this year has looked like as it has unfolded.

This post brings to you my favorite alignment quotes that I’ve collected the last few months.

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Why Collect Quotes?

Words are powerful. Spoken aloud, written as affirmations, whispered when no one else hears them to bolster the heart and fortify intentions, words have an energy of their own, to bring forth good…or not. Words can raise my vibrational frequency…or lower it.

I’m recognizing just how important this is as I journey through this Year of Alignment. The words I speak are a reflection of the thoughts and beliefs I hold. They are often a mirror, a true reflection back to me of my inner life, especially in an unguarded moment.

I collect quotes that “ring my bell”, as my granddaughter Aubrey used to say when she was younger. Those words were her way of expressing whether something, usually an object, was in alignment with her desires…or not.

During my “years of”…I gather words and quotes that align with who I am and who I am becoming at that time. My journals are full of reflections as I use those quotes as jumping off points into deeper truths. They become markers on the map of my journey, for the year.

Here are some of my favorite alignment quotes for the first half of the year.

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Favorite Alignment Quotes – traveler

Favorite Alignment Quotes

“To turn you dreams into reality, all your resources, efforts and concentration should be aligned in the same direction.” Dr. Roopleen

These words ring true for me. When I join my efforts with a specific focus on my dreams, the reality is born.

It’s not magic. It’s alignment at work and it is powerful.

“In order to live a rich life, everything about who you are must be one, in alignment and in pure harmony.” Suze Orman

I know how painful it feels when my physical body is out of alignment. It affects every part of me. The same is true when my thoughts and beliefs are out of alignment with my words and actions.

“When your passions and desires align you cannot hold them back.” MF Moonzajer

The alignment of my passions and desires led to a new career path this year. More about that in a future post.

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Exploring a whole new world due to alignment.


Favorite Alignment Quotes from People I Respect

“Deep within, you know that the only thing that is truly important is being in alignment with spirit.” Wayne Dyer

For me, my spiritual self and my physical self MUST be in alignment.

“When you examine the lives of the most influential people who have ever walked among us, you discover one thread that winds through them all. They have been aligned first with their spiritual nature and only then with their physical selves.” Albert Einstein

Powerful words from someone I greatly admire. This man of science saw the importance of aligning the spiritual side with the physical.

“When you find that your life is out of alignment with your grandest idea of yourself, seek to change it.”  Neale Donald Walsch

When my reality isn’t matching my dreams and desires, I am out of alignment. The shift happens within, often after deeper soul searching. Then the reality shifts as well.

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Working and living…in alignment.

Favorite Alignment Quotes that Guide Me

“If you can tune into your purpose and really align with it, setting goals so that your vision is an expression of that purpose, then life flows so much more easily.”  Jack Canfield

Experiencing the ease that comes with being in the flow of life is a mirror for me as well. Resistance takes me out of that flow of life…and out of alignment.

“A lot of conflict you have in your life exists simply because you’re not living in alignment; you’re not being true to yourself.”  Steve Maraboli

I am learning to see conflict at a warning that I am not living in alignment with my truest, most authentic self.

“Your goals and the tasks you choose to accomplish your goals either align with dreams and core values or they don’t. It’s that simple.” Julie Connor

I am finding it really is that simple.

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Favorite Alignment Quotes – travel

THE Alignment Quote Taking Me into the Future

This profound quote and the accompanying photo mean a great deal to me.

“Whatever I align myself with are the very things that will create a line into my future.” Craig D Lounsbrough

The time I spent in the mountains of northern Georgia recently…exploring, creating content, working remotely in a beautiful setting, experiencing new things…casts out ahead of me the line I am following into my future.

The photo below of that time in Georgia perfectly captures the energy of the quote above.

I read that quote and look at that photo and they both resonate with me and inspire me.

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This photo captures my year of alignment perfectly.

Your Favorite Quote

Whether you chose a word for this year or not, is there a quote that inspires your journey? Share it with me in the comments below.

As this Year of Alignment continues, I’ll gather more quotes for my own journey. And of course, I’ll share them with you!


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