How to Survive a 12h Flight


1. Pick the Right Seat!

There are different philosophies and opinions about this point. Some people prefer the seat next to the aisle so they can get up whenever they want, some always take the window seat to have a view - but one thing is for sure: You don't want to sit in the middle (when traveling by yourself)!! To make sure you are never cramped between two strangers for 12 hours, do the online check-in as early as possible, usually 48 hours in advance. I'm definitely a window seat type of girl because I'm a little bit scared of flying and like to see what's going on, plus on long flights you can rest your head and legs against the wall. I have the most hilarious positions that are comfy enough though that I can find some sleep.

2. Organize your hand luggage!

For me the best way is to have two pieces of hand luggage - one trolley and one hand bag. In the trolley I honestly just put everything that didn't fit into my regular luggage and that I don't need on the flight. Therefore I can put that one in the overhead compartment and don't think about it for the next 12 hours. My handbag holds everything I need on the flight. I am organized in pouches there: travel document pouch, beauty pouch, tech pouch.

3. Get cozy!

In order to survive a 12h flight I like to get real cozy and make the little space I have my home. First of all, I wear something comfortable - either leggings, sweat pants or comfy jeans, a sweater and a scarf just in case. I bring fuzzy socks and take my shoes off once the seatbelt signs are turned off after departure. Then I put everything I need in the pockets in front of me: Charger, phone, headphones, book, lip balm, facial cream and little bag with tooth brush, tooth paste and some make up. This way I have everything at hand and the space feels like my own.


4. Moisturize!

I only realized this on my recent flight to Hong Kong: Your skin gets really really dry due to the ventilation. So make sure to pack a small amount of facial cream in your hand luggage and moisturize around three times during a 12h flight.
Also, don't forget to drink water. During a long flight they usually don't serve drinks for a couple of hours because everyone's supposed to sleep, therefore buy a bottle of water in the security area so that you can take it with you aboard.

5. Food!

My tipp here is simply not to over eat which is not really possible with the portions they serve, but for example you can sometimes leave the roll or ice cream untouched because those are things that make you feel full and bloated. You certainly don't want that when cooped up in an economy class seat!

6. Structure your time aboard!

If you don't have a structure you'll go crazy and will keep looking at the time that just won't pass. My structure usually looks like this: Soon after take-off, food is usually served, so this whole procedure kills about an hour already. After that I like to watch one movie before going to sleep (or at least doze) for about 5 hours. For some it can help to take a sleeping pill, but it never worked for me. Then I am ready for some music and reading a few pages in my book. When you are on your way back, you can also go through the pictures you took during your trip, organize and edit them. Before the second meal is served shortly before landing I like to freshen up, brush my teeth and put on a little make up. In between don't forget to moisturize your face, lips and hands as mentioned before. With this structure time usually goes by pretty fast.


20 comments :

  1. Das Polaroid ist so schön! :)
    Liebe Grüße

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    1. Ja die Hong Kong Skyline ist einfach atemberaubend!

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  2. Tolle Tipps. So Langstrecken-Flüge können echt mega unentspannt sein :D Ich mache es genauso wie du was die Struktur angeht. So gut, dass das mit dem Essen auch immer ne Weile dauert und manchmal ärger ich mich sogar, dass ich es nicht geschafft habe alle Film-Favoriten zu sehen :D
    Liebe Grüße, Fiona THEDASHINGRIDER.com

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    1. Genau, ohne die Struktur würde ich durchdrehen!!

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  3. Ein toller Post, liebe Patricia.
    Ich stimme dir bei allen Punkten zu...bis auf den FOOD Punkt :-D Hahahaha ich kann mich im Flieger einfach nicht beherrschen und als ich letztes Jahr nach Bali geflogen hatte KLM hinten so ein kleine Ecke mit Körben voll unterschiedlicher Süßigkeiten :-D
    Und weil ich auch ein Fenster-Sitzer bin, war ich heilfroh, dass zwei Freundinnen von mir neben mir saßen, denn so oft wie ich aufgestanden bin um mir Naschis zu holen, hätten mich andere Fluggäste verflucht, haha. Aber so konnte ich einfach über die beiden Schlafenden rüberkrabbeln :-)
    Der beste Flug meines Lebens!
    Liebe Grüße und btw ein richtig toller Blog!
    Anita
    www.anischu.com

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    1. Haha wenn man mit mehreren fliegt, ist es natürlich besser. Dann kann man auch übereinander schlafen etc. Hoffe, du wirst noch weitere so gute Flüge haben;)

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  4. That's such a lovely and helpful post. I've never been on a long haul flight but I feel like your tips might really really work and help to survive 12 hours on a cramped plane!!

    Love, Kerstin
    http://www.missgetaway.com/

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    1. You're definitely not missing out on something! Maybe in business class it's possible to sleep properly and enjoy a long flight like this.

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  5. Ich bin noch nie so lange geflogen aber ich werde mir im Fall der Fälle auf jeden Fall deine Punkte die du aufgelistet hast du zu Herzen nehmen ♥ :)

    xx - Violetta

    http://itsmevioletta.blogspot.de/

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    1. Zum Glück gibt es ja viele Reiseziele, für die man nicht so lange fliegen muss!! <3

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  6. WOW! Was für ein schönes Bild!

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  7. Also, als wir nach Thailand geflogen sind, dachte ich wir kommen nie an! Deine Tipps sind super, da werd ich mir auf jeden Fall den einen oder anderen beim nächsten Mal zu Herzen nehmen!

    xx Michaela
    von www.elastyle.at

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    1. Freut mich, dass der ein oder andere Tipp hilfreich ist:) LG

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  8. don't understand your problems... can't you afford 1st class???

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    1. Oh how I love it when comments like this are anonymous...

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  9. Interesting, thanks very much. We're heading to Dubai this year, and I am already dreading the flight. But I will take some of your ideas to heart.

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  10. Ich fliege im Oktober zum ersten Mal nach Hong Kong und mir graut es jetzt schon vor dem langen Flug! Was den Sitzplatz angeht, bín ich ganz bei dir - ich sichere mir auch immer so schnell wie möglich den Fensterplatz. Dann hat man zumindest ein bisschen seine "eigene Zone". LG Jenny

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