Wednesday, March 13, 2013

How To Survive A Long-Haul Flight

[As published on HERE]

The end of the year calls for holidays (and partying)! However, long-distance travelling can be a pain in the you-know-where if you’re not well-prepared. Here’s a brief guide on what to carry on board with you for a more comfortable flight, so you reach your destination looking (and feeling) ready to take on a new challenge!
Mini toiletry kit
Keep eye drops, wet tissue and Vaseline in a Ziploc bag. Wet tissues come in handy to freshen up before landing, and Vaseline can be used to soothe cracked lips or painful dryness around your nose. Lipsticks and hand creams should also go into the bag.

For times when it gets cold in the plane, but do take full advantage of the amenities offered on board, and request for a pillow and blanket.
Compression socks
Sitting for too long slows down blood circulation, potentially causing blood clots to form in your legs, which is known as Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT). Compression socks (which can be bought from Daiso for RM5 a pair) help apply pressure to the ankles, to regulate better blood flow.
SOS Medication
Don’t forget necessary meds like painkillers, flu medicine and pills for diarrhea. If you’re asthmatic, inhalers are allowed on board, but expect a routine check of your carry-on hand luggage at the departure hall (since it’s an aerosol). Keep everything in a Ziploc bag for easy identification.
Emmagem’s tried-and-tested in-flight tips:
  • Bring a smaller handbag. If your handbag is too big, the flight attendants will ask you to place it in the overhead compartment, which is rather worrying if you’re carrying valuables and your passport in it.
  • Drink more water to stay hydrated. Limit your alcohol and coffee/tea intake (though the thought of bottomless drinks is tempting), which draws water out from your body.
  • Unfasten your seatbelt until instructed otherwise. It’s easier to adjust your position in your sleep without having something restraining your movements.
  • Go to the loo more often. What goes in must come out. Move about every few hours to keep your blood circulation going.
  • Hope for empty flights. Flights at odd hours tend to be emptier, so look out for vacant rows which give you more space to stretch out.
  • Ask and it shall be given to you. If you happen to sleep through mealtimes, just ask the flight attendants if they can serve you something to tide you through before the next meal. They’ll be more than happy to oblige.
Need to know: LAG regulations
LAGs stand for Liquids, Aerosols and Gels. Items that are carried on board should be less than 100ml in size (ie. you will be even a half-filled 200ml bottle will be confiscated), and the total amount should not exceed 1000ml. All your LAGs should be placed in a transparent Ziploc bag for easy identification. Lipbalms, lipsticks, hand creams, moisturizers, gels, and toothpaste are also categorized as LAGs.
More info here.


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