What's the longest flight you've ever been on? Once it took me 39 hours to get from Switzerland to Australia, which included a 9-hour layover in Bangkok. For me, this was pushing the limits of sleep deprivation but I'm sure there are some mothers out there with horror stories of their own.
Sometimes I'm just too excited so if you don't manage to sleep on the flight, it's hell. But here are five quirks I've found that make long-haul flights more comfortable:
- Pack a long, thin, soft scarf. Mine's black. I wrap it around my eyes to block out light and gently over my nose so that it doesn't get too irritated from the dry air. I sometimes curl it into a ball if I need more head support or use it to keep warm when the air conditioning kicks in.
- Pack extra socks, lip balm, facial and hand moisturizer. The lack of humidity is a real discomfort.
- Pack baby wipes. It's not a shower but it's the next best thing.
- Avoid bubbly drinks. A lot of farting goes on at high altitude and I'm pretty sure this is where it comes from.
- Eat pasta avoid meat. I can't explain it but every time I eat pasta before, during or after a flight, my body adjusts far better than if I eat protein. If you can explain this, please do.