Sathira Dhammasathan, Bangkok, Thailand, November 2019

Are you excited about your upcoming trip to South Africa or any other far-flung destination? The idea of exploring new territories and experiencing different cultures is exhilarating, but let’s face it; the long international flight can be overwhelming and exhausting. From cramped seats to jet lag, everything can contribute to ruining your first few days in your destination. However, with the following tried-and-true tips, you can make that long haul flight comfortable and stress-free.

Pre-flight Preparation is Key:

Before embarking on your journey, there are a few things you can do to prepare yourself mentally and physically. Firstly, ensure that all your travel documents are in order and within reach. Research your flight details and plan your meals and sleep schedule according to your destination’s time zone. It’s also essential to check your airline’s policies regarding luggage weight and carry-on items and adjust your packing list accordingly.

Dress for Comfort and Style:

One of the critical factors for seamless international travel is dressing comfortably yet stylishly. Avoid wearing tight-fitting clothes as they can restrict movement and lead to discomfort. Instead, opt for breathable and stretchy fabrics that allow for movement and flexibility. Also, consider packing a sweater or shawl to keep warm during the flight as most airplanes can get chilly.

Pack a Carry-On Survival Kit:

A well-stocked carry-on bag can make a long international flight manageable and bearable. Make sure to include essential items like a neck pillow, eye mask, earplugs, and noise-canceling headphones. Also, pack a book, magazine, or tablet loaded with your favorite movies or TV shows to keep you entertained and occupied during the flight. It’s also a good idea to pack some snacks and a refillable water bottle to keep yourself hydrated.

Combat Jet Lag Like a Boss:

Jet lag can be a significant problem for long international flights. However, there are a few things you can do to minimize its effects. Start by adjusting your sleep schedule a few days before your flight to match your destination’s time zone. During the flight, try to sleep, eat, and drink according to the new time zone. Once you reach your destination, try to stay awake until the evening to reset your internal clock and avoid daytime napping.

Stay Connected with the World:

Lastly, staying connected with the world can make a long international flight less isolating and lonely. Most airlines provide Wi-Fi access, so make sure to pack your charger and stay in touch with your loved ones. You can also download offline maps or language translation apps to navigate and communicate easily in your destination.

Summary:

With the right preparation and mindset, long international flights don’t have to be stressful or uncomfortable. Remember to pack a well-stocked carry-on bag, dress comfortably, and combat jet lag like a boss. Lastly, stay connected with the world and stay excited about your upcoming adventure. Safe travels

RESOURCES:

Packing List: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1jkPlKluL5xO0DTkHuhE5etk1xkyVLa5cS9Y-kQE3ocw/edit?usp=sharing

Mastering the Art of In-Flight Wellness: A Jetsetter’s Guide – Holistic Wellness and Health (holistic-wellnessandhealth.com)

International Travel Essentials! – Holistic Wellness and Health (holistic-wellnessandhealth.com)

Vegan Jetsetter Chronicles: Navigating International Bliss – Holistic Wellness and Health (holistic-wellnessandhealth.com)

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