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How to Survive a Long Flight

Use these tips to alleviate your cabin fever and make the time fly.


  • Step 1: Take along some snacks and water to avoid a low blood-sugar spike and dehydration, which can lead to air sickness.
  • Step 2: Catch up on sleep when all else fails. Bring along a sleeping mask, neck pillow, and ear plugs so you can drift away in your own little world and wake up refreshed at your destination.
  • FACT: In 1974, an SR 71 Blackbird set a world speed record flying from New York City to London, England in one hour 54 minutes and 56 seconds.
  • TIP: Longer flights will feature at least one on-board movie, as well as a few TV shows, so take advantage of this opportunity.
  • Step 3: Entertain yourself with all kinds of electronic gadgets. Play games or watch a movie on a laptop, listen to music on a mp3 player, or read a book with a tablet or e-reader.
  • Step 4: Get up and walk around the cabin to stretch your legs. Check out other parts of the aircraft, or strike up a conversation with your neighbor.
  • TIP: Keep dangerous blood clots from forming in your legs by stretching every 2 hours on long trips.
  • Step 5: Bring a book you have been meaning to read, or other work you haven't made time for. This is the perfect opportunity to do something you've been putting off while on the ground.
  • Step 6: Pack some word games, sudoku puzzles, and crossword puzzles that don't need more than a pencil or pen to complete. You can also pack a simple deck of cards to pass the time with a few games of hand solitaire or practice hands of bridge.

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