When on long haul flights, it's vital to get yourself as comfortable as possible, so that you can have a kind, relaxing journey. No one wants to be on a plane, especially when there is stressed and in an uncomfortable position for any part of the trip.
I've been on many long haul flights in my lifetime, and have a number of things I always do, so as to make my trip as enjoyable as I possibly can.
The first thing I do when boarding a plane for a long haul flight is to take off my shoes. Personally, I feel a great sense of relief when I can take my shoes off, as I can stretch my toes, get the circulation flowing properly again, and it's just a great feeling.
Talking about getting the circulation going, it's also important to stretch your legs. I do this by simply going for a walk down the isle every couple of hours. Obviously, you do not want to keep on walking past people, as there trying to sleep, but this really can not be helped. If you need to disguise it, put yourself in a position on the place so as you have to have a little stroll to go to the toilets. Go to the toilets and give your legs a shake just to get some life back into them again. Do this every couple of hours if possible. This also avoids the onset of DVT, or Deep Vain Thrombosis. On this note, if you do need to go to the toilet frequently, try not to sit in the seat closest to the window, as it will prove very frustrating to the passengers sitting closest to you if they have to get up on your goal every few minutes.
Drink plenty of fluids, obviously taking care to avoid alcohol, as this would have the opposite effect to what we want as this will cause dehydration. The body needs fluids at regular intervals. It's amazing how many people think, just cause there sitting down on a plane and not moving around too much, that they do not need to take on water. Your body is mostly made up of water, and if you do not get enough you'll feel terrible, and even worse could end up in a serious condition. Not just water, but it's a good idea to also bring some snacks on board the plane as well. I'm not a fan of plane food, so I'll try to bring on healthy foods for myself to snack on if possible. Normally, I'll bring a large pack of cashew nuts, as I love the taste, and they usually fill me up and keep me going for long lengths of time. Sandwiches are also a good idea, as are biscuits, although there is obviously not too healthy, depending on the type.
Another thing which makes the time fly is to bring along some kind of entertainment. No body wants to be on a plane twiddling their thumbs for a 8 hour journey. Hopefully, if you're lucky, your flight will have a film featured, either with a screen on the back of the chair in front of you, or on the movie wall. If not, and if finances permit, bring your own film, which you'll be able to watch on your phone or personal media player. If films are not your thing, listen to music. Personally, I get fed up listening to music after a while, so I'll bring along some comedy mp3s. The people around me might think they have a weirdo local to them with me laughing every minute, but at least I'm enjoying my trip, and I'll try not to laugh too loud.
If you do not have the means to watch a movie or listen to mp3's, why not bring along a magazine, newspaper or book. I'm a big fan of reading, so I'll bring all sorts of literature which I've got especially for this reason.
Even the best of us can struggle to entertain ourselves for lengths at a time, so another option is to simply catch up on some rest, and fall sleep. To give yourself maximum comfort, get a neck support pillow. If you have trouble sleeping due to the noise made by others around you, get yourself an eye mask to block out the light, and purchase a set of noise cancelling headphones which will aid in minimizing the noise pollution around you. Who would have thought you could be this comfortable on a plane?
If you suffer from motion sickness, it's a good idea to let the steward know before hand so that they can keep an eye on you, and also so that they'll be prepared in case you do need attention. If possible, it's also a very good idea to get motion fatigue patches or take the motion sickness pill.
Not many people have much choice about where they sit on the plane, as there assigned a specific row on the flight, but if you kick up a big enough fuss, and the place is not completely full, you may be able to move. This is perfect if you've got a crying baby near to you, not what you need on a long haul flight.
Also, try to avoid sitting to close to the toilets as stated earlier in this article. The reason for this is because it's a congregation area. People will gather around the toilet while they wait for their turn, they may strike up a conversation, lean against your seat, all of which are very irritating if you're trying to relax.
Lastly, if you're sitting on the seat closest to the isle, be sure to keep your legs and arms clear of the isle, the last thing you need is a trolley to the kneecap like which happened to me on my last flight, ouch .