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8 Great Tips For Superlong Flights

Most people don't look forward to really long flights, I mean there's only so much Sudoku you can do until you're sick of it right? Recently, reader onlysourcherry asked the SavvySugar Community what she should do on a 14-hour flight. She can first start by checking out our 10 trinkets for travelers, which will definitely come in handy! Readers rallied and gave a ton of really great suggestions that will keep her well occupied on her air travel. Check out these gems from , , and !

  • Ignore Time: "Don't think about the time. Seriously. Just take the time on the flight for what it is, and chill out."
  • Neighborly Chat: "Talk to the person sitting next to you. Chatting really kills time."
  • Movies: "Portable DVD players are awesome! Stack up on DVDs. Or, bring your laptop and watch movies. Be sure to bring and extra battery pack."
  • Get Comfy: "Make sure you're as comfy as possible — slippers, a travel pillow, a blanket — [you] might as well settle in."


For more boredom-fighters for long, long flights, read on!

  • Do Work: "Do work. If you're like me, you probably have some emails to catch up on, or backlog projects that you wish you could get to. Plane time is really great to get stuff done."
  • Write: "Do some journaling. Just be sure to get one of those privacy screens."
  • Funny biographies: "I always find myself reading a ridiculously funny biography when flying and awkwardly laughing out loud, but it really passes the time. Chelsea handler's got me through a flight from London to New York."
  • Listen to books: "I also read a lot, and sometimes if I'm too tired to actually read I'll listen to books on my iPod."

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amber512 amber512 6 years
Flying to Europe was my longest trip. Something like eight-nine hours? Ugh. I don't know how I did it! Lots of CDs and books, I think. This was way before iPods.
WeTheLiving WeTheLiving 6 years
The longest flight I've been on is about 3 hours, but even with that it's hard not to get restless. I tend to get motion sick anyway, so I take dramamine ahead of time and usually konk out within an hour. Sinus meds can also help you sleep. Just be sure you don't have big plans right after you get off the plane as you may still be drowsy. TV definitely helps as I learned when I flew Jet Blue-very nice amenity. I recommend a neck pillow. I don't like to lean my seat back on flights because I hate it when people do that to me, but those plane seats can be uncomfortable, so a neck pillow helps. I like the idea of an audio book. My neck tends to hurt when I read too long, so an audio book would be great.
snarkypants snarkypants 6 years
my secret to survivng a long flight...ambien.
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