Battle The Boredom: Long Haul Flight Hacks

By Lottie Hulme |
9th October 2018

Whether you’re an early bird catching the worm when it comes to flying, or you like to jet off in the day and avoid the fatigue of an early start (you can find out which we prefer here), long haul flights are never easy! However, what with the excitement of the prospect of traveling to a land afar, they also harbour the opportunity to have a good old bit of old fashioned fun (champers), or simply allow you to catch up on the Zzz’s and battle the to-do list. Whether you’re a snoozer or a boozer however, here are some of the best ways to combat long haul flight boredom. Don’t let these ideas fly over you head…

1. Whack The Headphones On

1. Whack The Headphones On

We want to have as much fun as Kristen Wiig had on her wild plane Bridesmaids plane journey, and unless your off on a work trip and the big boss is sat next to you, you’re off on holiday right?! So, now’s your chance to let lose and groove out to some of your favourite tunes. Perhaps not for the whole of the long haul to avoid bursting your ear drums, but music can be a great distraction mid-air and especially if you’re a nervous flier as it makes for a good distraction. So whether your jam is Beethoven or Beyonce, headphones are a go-to.

Find Spotify’s long-haul playlist here

2. #ViewGoals

2. #ViewGoals

Whilst we’re all kinda fed up of clouds littering our insta-feeds, it is hard to avoid snapping photos of scenic views as you zoom by. And on a long-haul, the likelihood is that you’re going to soar across some pretty cool scenes, unless you’re off across the pond in which case it might just be a whole host of sea. Some of the best views in the world come from a bird’s-eye view and taking photos make a great way to while away the hours as you try and grab the perfect shot. We imagine the new app craze Huji might make for some sexy shots…

3. Face Masks Galore

3. Face Masks Galore

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll know that face masks are rocking the social media world, with celebs donning them during flights in a bid to get (even shinier) skin. And why not? Long haul flights are the perfect opportunity to slap a face mask on, get the hydrating foot socks out and really rejuvinate. A few things may be off limits… this probably isn’t the time to start shaving your legs, and nail polish tends to smell pretty potent, but aside from this it’s a bit of a free for all.

We love Skin Republic’s Mud Sheet Masks; they may give more elderely passengers a show on the plane as they saunter by, but they’ll work miracles for you skin. In three new sheet mask samples, Volcanic Ash, Green Tea and Pink Clay, you’ll have your pick of which mask you want to don on your face (and on insta)! Overall, the masks help to purify pores, tighten and firm, and reduce the appearance of dark spots and pigmentation (including eye bags we hope!).

 

4. Clean Up Your Phone

4. Clean Up Your Phone

The plane is the best time to clear up that clogged photo album, and get your apps in order. You’ve got bags of time to kill and, most probably, thousands of photos to shift, not to mention deleting contact numbers of people long forgotten! So, what are some of the rubbish-reducing things you can do on your phone? Well you can free up some space by deleting apps you never use for a start, as well as getting rid of a tonne of photos (nude or otherwise). For the organisers amongst you, creating albums like ‘shopping’, ‘travel’ and ‘Insta’ is always a help!

 

5. Natter With A Neighbour

5. Natter With A Neighbour

Chatting to a neighbour on a flight might entice awkward images of Kate Winslet flirting with someone’s husband unknowingly in The Holiday, but it could also be rather fun! It’s the perfect time to chat to people from all walks of life and, potentially, build friendhships. It’s probably going to be one of those “ah, we’ll keep in touch,” “we’ll go for drinks” scenarios where there is literally no fuel beyond the fire, but it’ll waste some time and you might actually enjoy it.

6. Head In The (Clouds) Book
Unrecognizable woman reading a book during her flight.

6. Head In The (Clouds) Book

Book worms are probably awaiting their long haul flight in page-turning anticipation, eagerly awaiting the opportunity to get their head into their book and while away the hours. Travel books are a great idea on long haul flights, to help illicit some wanderlust as you journey across the other side of the world. Reading is also a great way to help you drift off too, so it’s a win win!

7. Join The Mile High Club

7. Join The Mile High Club

Bet you weren’t expecting that one were you? As Melissa McCarthy proves in Bridesmaids, sometimes it’s fun to have a bit of slap and tickle…unless of course they’re an Air Marshal, in which case it’s probably best to keep your hands to yourself. And for those who aren’t sure what the Mile High Club is, well perhaps it’s best you keep it that way!

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