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Reader Asks: Any Tips For Staying Sane on a Long Plane Ride?

Reader onlysourcherry posted a question in our SavvySugar community group. She asks, "I have a seriously long flight coming up: 14 hours! I'd love your suggestions to keep from going crazy." A long flight can be a drag, but I'm one of those weird people who actually enjoy long plane rides (yes, we do exist!).

My plane rides usually involve a lot of reading, whether it be newspapers, magazines, or that hot new romance novel or thriller that I just got my hands on. I usually like to keep my reading very light on the plane, because I see plane rides as sort of a brain vacation. You're up in the air and far away from the real world, so look at it as an exciting escape! I would also write in my diary, something I don't have the luxury of doing when I'm facing the daily grind of work. Oh, and I also sleep. A lot.

I have plenty more to add, but I'd like to hear from you readers — what do you do to stay sane on long plane rides?

Ask anything career- or budget-related — well, almost anything — by posting your questions in the Ask Savvy group, and readers and I will weigh in to support you.

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jelibeann jelibeann 6 years
i always find myself reading the ridiculously funny biography when flying, awkwardly laughing out loud...but it really passes the time (chelsea handler's got me through a flight from london to ny)...i am also one of the lucky people that passes out quite nicely from a dramamine...maybe an alcoholic beverage or two before the flight or during to help ease into the sleepiness...and flying is also the only time i allow myself to stock up on tons of magazines...knitting/crocheting...crosswords...and make sure you're as comfy as possible...slippers, a travel pillow, a blanket...might as well settle in...i couldn't care less about making a fashion statement
suzieleung suzieleung 6 years
I've done so many 20+ hour flights to Singapore, so here's my advice! - First of all, don't think about the time. Seriously. Just take the time on the flight for what it is, and chill out. - If you don't like sleeping pills, pop a Benedryl. It'll knock you out. - Portable DVD players are awesome! Stack up on DVDs. Or, bring your laptop and watch movies. Be sure to bring and extra battery pack. - Talk to the person sitting next to you. Chatting really kills time. - 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.
onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 6 years
Thanks guys!
Deidre Deidre 6 years
Tylenol PM :)
mydiadem mydiadem 6 years
I've done flights from Singapore to LA - 23 hours - as well as many flights from chicago to hong kong (I think its like 18 hours) - and beforehand I go to my doctor and get a prescription for a sleeping pill and try to sleep as much as possible. I also read a lot, and sometimes if I'm too tired to actually read I'll listen to books on my IPod. Sudoku is a great option too!
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 6 years
sleep, watch movies and suduko lol. i did the lax to fiji once...about 14 hrs...we slept a lot and watched 3 movies lol!
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