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Long-haul Flight Tips

The long flight to Europe can be daunting to those from Down Under but our frequent trips between Germany and New Zealand mean that we have plenty of tips to ease you into your European adventure.

Tip #1: Pack early to avoid last minute stress and board the plane well-rested!

During the Flight

Bring a pair of thick socks and swap them for your shoes after take-off. Make yourself as comfortable as you can by requesting any extra pillows or blankets that you need and get as much sleep as possible.  We all know that plane seating is cramped, so remember to get up for a walk around and a stretch at regular intervals to reduce the risk of deep vein thrombosis and to ease any general discomfort.

The air in a plane is very dry and you may feel dehydrated. Limit your alcohol consumption and drink lots of water to keep you feeling comfortable (a plus of this is that needing to get up for the loo will give you a great excuse to stretch those legs!).  So you have a drink handy whenever you need it on the flight, bring an empty drink bottle with you through pre-flight security and fill it up from a water fountain in the boarding lounge or ask a flight attendant to do this for you on the plane.

Bring some eye drops to use whenever your eyes feel dry (these may now be carried through security), and apply moisturising cream to your face and hands frequently. And don’t forget to bring a toothbrush to freshen up.

To check restrictions applying to liquids, aerosols and gels in your carry-on luggage, see the New Zealand Aviation Security Service website.

Many airlines offer vegetarian, Kosher, Halal and other “special” meals to be ordered in advance. And because the airlines have to specially prepare your meal, it is usually better than the standard food fare. Plus, passengers with special meal requests are almost always served first ;-).

On Arrival

To help relieve the effects of jet-lag and get over it faster, set your watch to your destination time zone and make sure you eat and sleep at the same time as the locals.  Try to resist that daytime nap and enjoy being in Europe!

For more tips on flight bookings check out our articles General Long-haul Flight Booking Considerations and Flight Booking Tips – Down Under to Europe. And in Part 1 of our favourite travel tips you can find New Zealand and Australian Government Tips on Visas, Passports and Insurance.

Looking forward to showing you the heart of Europe on a Sidetracks Germany Tour, Barbara Panettieri and the Sidetracks Team

 

Sources:

http://www.avsec.govt.nz/Traveller/Flysmart/

http://www.contiki.com/contikipedia/articles/avoiding-jet-lag

http://www.ricksteves.com/plan/tips/fly-to-europe.htm

http://www.wikihow.com/Be-Comfortable-on-a-Long-Airplane-Trip

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