Long-haul flights are mind-numbingly boring. However, they are necessary for business, and if you want to visit some of the most interesting places on earth. Luckily, there are some entertaining ways make your flight more enjoyable. Read on to find out what they are.
Bring a Book or Two You Have Been Meaning to Read
A long flight is a good opportunity to read a book. Bring a couple or download them on your phone or tablet. You can get lost in a good book. You might even find yourself wishing your flight was not over when the pilot announces your flight’s descent.
If reading is not your thing, and even if it is, “books on tape” are a good way to pass the time. Download a couple, so you have a good variety. Then, on your flight, sit back and enjoy a book being read to you.
Upgrade Your Flight and Enjoy a Delicious Meal
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Upgrading your flight can make a huge difference in your overall experience. You may even be able to do this for free. Arrive early and ask customer service if there are any free upgrades available for your flight. Upgrading your flight means you will enjoy more space and better food. Enjoying a good meal is a great way to pass some time.
Sleep When You Are Tired
Dreams are very entertaining. When you feel yourself start to nod off, take the opportunity to get a little shut-eye. You will easily pass several hours. Plus, you will be thankful when you wake up closer to your destination.
However, you should not get on the plane tired. You will be miserable if you cannot fall asleep. Make sure you are at least moderately rested.
Meditate to Relax on Your Flight
Meditating is a great way to pass the time, especially if you want to relieve stress or need help relaxing. Even if you cannot fall asleep, guided meditations are a great way to spend your time. Clearing your mind is a wonderful way to start a vacation or important business trip. Just make sure you download several of your favorite meditations before your flight.
Bring Music and Movies
Bring your favorite music and movies on your iPad or tablet. If you use a music service, like Spotify, make sure you download your music for offline listening. Save your favorite movies to your device or an external hard drive. Plan enough movies for your entire flight.
Tap Into Your Creativity or Do a Puzzle
To pass the time, you want to engage in activities that you can get lost in. Coloring, doodling, and drawing, or doing puzzles are great ways to lose yourself on a long flight. Making a scrapbook journal is another good way to spend your time. Plan ahead and pack a new journal, crayons, markers, colored pencils, pens, photos, a glue stick, cutouts, stickers, decorative tape, and anything else you want to use.
Use In-Flight Wi-Fi to Stay Connected
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Using a service like T-Mobile’s Gogo in-flight gives you the ability to text your friends, family, and contacts during your entire flight. There is nothing worse than having to wait until you land to communicate with your friends and family. It can make a long flight seem twice as long. Plus, talking to your friends is a great way to pass some time.
Charge Your Devices and Bring Your Charger
On a long flight, your devices are going to die. Charge them fully before you travel. Bring an extra battery and your charger. You will be thankful for a full battery during your flight and upon arrival.
Frequent international fliers recommend packing as much entertainment on a single device as you can. This helps limit the number of carry-on bags you have. Bringing too much baggage cramps your space and makes it difficult to find what you need.
It is better to bring the essentials. A phone with T-Mobile’s Gogo in-flight, a good book, an iPad or tablet with music and movies, a couple of books, headphones, puzzles, and a journal can easily be packed in your carry-on and will give you plenty of entertainment on your next long flight.