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How to: Long Haul Tips and Tricks

Long haul tips and tricks

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When I first started flying, like really long hauls, I used to try to be just cute for the trip and didn’t take into account how many hours I would be on the plane, in the airports, simply getting to my destination. I also didn’t take into account my final destination or the weather where I was going. Let’s face it; I was a rookie who didn’t want to admit it. 

I had not yet understood that there were ‘Long Haul Tips and Tricks’ that would just work for every trip and that I needed to embed these into my travel routine.

I would also try and bring everything I thought I would need to keep me “entertained” on the flight and I would get so frustrated by having to shuffle everything around. The truth is, you don’t need half of what you think you do. Keep it to the basics; phone, iPad chargers, book, and headphones. There will also be in-flight entertainment to help keep you occupied. Oh, and let’s not forget the meals and drinks!

Long Haul Tips and Tricks
Long Haul Tips and Tricks

Here we are, many years later and many flights around the globe. I have gotten my travel routine down! Does it include leggings and comfortable shoes? Absolutely! Does it include looking chic and cute while walking, sitting , walking some more, and sitting some more? Of course! Does it include just what I need and nothing more? I wouldn’t have it any other way!

My personal style is chic, cute, boho, with gym gear; easy with a side of functional and a whole bunch of confidence!

Long Haul Tips and Tricks
Long Haul Tips and Tricks

Long haul travel can be a daunting experience, and it can be difficult to stay comfortable and entertained for the entire journey. Here are some tips and tricks to help make the most of your journey!

What not to do:

Long Haul Tips and Tricks
Long Haul Tips and Tricks
  • Don’t wear light colors because there will be spills
    • Trying to get that out in the little bathroom is no fun
    • Fun tip: hand sanitizer will help you get the stains out
  • Don’t wear anything tight or restricting
    • You will swell and tight clothes will just make the ride more painful
  • Don’t wear summer clothes even if you’re going to the tropics
    • Don’t wear a dress 
      • If there is an emergency, that slide is very hot and you will get burned
  • Don’t wear too much makeup
    • We don’t want to look greasy
  • Don’t wear uncomfortable shoes
  • Don’t drink excessive alcohol or a lot of salty foods
    • You will get dehydrated

What to do:

Long Haul Tips and Tricks
Long Haul Tips and Tricks
  • Wear dark colors
    • Spills are less likely to show
  • Layer are key
    • It gets cold on the plane 
    • Always pack a pashmina
  • Do wear comfortable pants
    • Leggings, joggers, etc. and only an elastic waist
  • Wear shoes that slip on and off or are easily tied
    • Wear socks
    • Bring a pair of slippers to wear during the plane ride
  • Wear very little makeup
    • BB cream, moisturizer, and mascara
  • Toiletries
    • Dry shampoo, hairspray, deodorant, lip balm, and a few bobby pins
      • You will want to freshen up when you arrive
  • Drink lots of water
  • Bring a neck pillow and sleep eye mask

Other tips and tricks:

  • Get Global Entry (which includes TSA pre-check and is $100 every five years)
  • Download movies and shows from Netflix to watch when there is no wifi
  • Purchase the seat you believe you will be most comfortable in
    • If you can’t fly business or first, splurge for the economy plus or premier section (it is worth it for such a long trip)
  • Only pack exactly what you need; neutrals are your friend and bring pieces that you can wear with other pieces
  • Don’t bring excessive jewelry or anything flashy
  • Bring an electrical converter
  • Get local currency from the ATM when you arrive
  • Do you research on local customs, fashion, weather, and visa requirements

What are some do’s and don’t for you, when flying? I would love to hear your thoughts!

Now that you know how to do your long haul properly, check out ‘9 New Luxury Hotels‘ to figure out where you’re going next!



19 responses to “How to: Long Haul Tips and Tricks”

  1. These are some GREAT tips! Thank you so much. I loved your info and it was a fun read 🙂

    1. Thank you and you’re welcome! Is there a travel post you would like to read about?

  2. BB cream and water definitely comes in handy for for a fresh face! Great blog 🙂

    1. Yes it does! Being dehydrated and wearing too much makeup will only make you feel worse by the time you’re done!

  3. These are great tips, I like them all, and your post is very informative. Thank you for sharing

    1. Thank you and you’re welcome! Do you have any tips you would add?

  4. These were good tips 🙂 I have experienced few donts you’ve mentioned they so true.

    1. Which don’ts have you experienced?

      1. Well, I was once on a long flight wearing a pretty light colored top and there were these 2 sisters sitting next to me eating and drinking all the time and I knew this would happen. They spilled the drinks on my clothes and I was so upset they kept making up for it to me the whole! Anyways I was fine but was really sad as my top was ruined. :(( lesson learnt.☝️

      2. Oh, that’s not fun at all! At least they made up for it..hopefully they bought you some food and drinks!

  5. Wow! Some of these tips are so simple yet I never came up with them myself haha they make a lot of sense though. Great post!

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    blair villanueva

    I always keep my skincare during my trips, less makeup just my lipstick. And I try not to overpacked coz I tend to shop along the way.

    1. Ugh, that is a tough lesson I had to learn! I always shop along the way! Yes, lipstick and mascara for me!

  7. Thanks for sharing me your best of the best long haul tips. I honestly loved this. Thanks.

  8. Nice tips! From my previous long trips, I did some which were the reverse of some.

  9. Amazing how I never thought about some of this
    Thanks for sharing.

    1. You’re welcome! I am glad they are helpful!

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