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Any recommendations for a long-haul flight

Flying makes me nervious and I can't sleep

annielee
post 9.Jun.2011, 09:05 AM
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Hej everyone!

Any recommendations for a long trip? First I gotta take a 3 hours flight and then a 9 hours flight.

A ) What activities to do while on the flight to spend time. I can't sleep cause flying makes me nervious.
B ) Should I bring something to eat, a little bag of chips, some cookies... what's better?
C ) Any relaxation tecniques you know of?

Well, any advice is welcome!

BTW: it's not my first transatlantic flight but I can't overcome my fear to flight and I know they have service on board but normally it's never enough food for 9 hours.
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jan.petras
post 9.Jun.2011, 09:17 AM
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Location: Uppsala
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a) you sleep.
cool.gif if you need more than the food on the plane, maybe you eat too much
c) yes, sleep.
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aussie.dad
post 9.Jun.2011, 09:22 AM
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Location: Australia
Joined: 22.May.2011

QUOTE (annielee @ 9.Jun.2011, 08:05 AM) *
Any recommendations for a long trip? First I gotta take a 3 hours flight and then a 9 hours flight.

I have taken quite a few long haul flights (Oz-Sweden), and I still can't get used to it. What to do?
Typically, I would not take any food - apart from some comfort stuff, like Minties, etc. Most flights have a complimentary snack bar where you can gorge yourself with junk food in between the services. A lot of people don't realise this since they don't advertise it.
To relax; that is hard - I tend to use my wife talking to set me to sleep; but that might not work for you. Unless you are into the gaming consoles and movies; just close your eyes - or a couple of glasses of the free booze might work.
Have a big meal before take-off and then just curl up and go to sleep - ignore all the services (the food is usually crap anyway). Last time, I slept from Frankfurt to Singapore - then launched into a big feed at Changi airport before the onward flight to Oz.
I am doing it all again in two weeks sad.gif .
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byke
post 9.Jun.2011, 09:27 AM
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QUOTE (aussie.dad @ 9.Jun.2011, 10:22 AM) *
I tend to use my wife talking to set me to sleep

brilliant lol
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Rick Methven
post 9.Jun.2011, 09:47 AM
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QUOTE (aussie.dad @ 9.Jun.2011, 10:22 AM) *
I have taken quite a few long haul flights (Oz-Sweden), and I still can't get used to it. What to do?Typically, I would not take any food - apart from some comfort stuff, ... (show full quote)

I remember a flight from London to Melbourne with Qantas. in first class. I had dinner with a few glasses of wine, put the seat back, asked for coffee and a brandy and the next thing I knew the steward was shaking me awake for the approach to Singapore, with the comment " You did not drink your coffee or give me a good night kiss" biggrin.gif

Nowadays, travelling cattle class, I usually have a good book or 2 depending on the length of flight which keeps me occupied. I also have a netbook that I can play some music on and play backgammon against the computer or a travelling companion. some boiled sweets to suck on to keep the mouth from being dry and a supply of mineral water to counter dehydration. Also every couple of hours or so make sure that you do some stretching either in your seat or get up and walk a bit to keep your circulation going and avoid DVT
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Bender B Rodriquez
post 9.Jun.2011, 10:10 AM
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QUOTE (aussie.dad @ 9.Jun.2011, 10:22 AM) *
or a couple of glasses of the free booze might work.


Forget about that on US carriers. The cheap bastards want $6 per drink unless you fly business...
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Stampe
post 9.Jun.2011, 10:11 AM
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Yes, sleep wink.gif

My trick to this is bring along a big comfy jacket, get a window seet and curl yourself up against the window. Add an eye mask and ear plugs and your good to go smile.gif

I usually use this for one leg of the flight back to aus- but if you only have a 3hr plus 9hr it shouldnt be too hard. Watch something on the in flight entertainment system after rather then before the nap usually makes the time go faster.

As for food, bring along a bag of candy or some cookies but unless you are fling some really thrifty airline quantity shouldnt be a problem.
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Stickeroo
post 9.Jun.2011, 10:20 AM
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Get sleeping pills. I recommend a strong anti histamine. They have strong sedative properties and you'll be knocked out the whole flight...especially if you take it with a shot of vodka! OR ask your doctor for a sample pack of Imovane (also called Zopiclone)...stuff will knock out an elephant.
Besides that...MOVIES!!! I look at it like this...a flight to Canada is only 3 movies long. Almost all major carriers have individual screens in every seat-back and play good, new movies that usually aren't out on DVD yet. My problem...they only change the movies every month, so often I'm stuck with nothing to watch.
Maybe try and do some activities...like attempting to join the mile high club?
Try to sit as close to the front of the plane as possible. It's the most quiet and safe area of the plane.
Good Luck!
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aussie.dad
post 9.Jun.2011, 10:26 AM
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Location: Australia
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QUOTE (Stickeroo @ 9.Jun.2011, 09:20 AM) *
Maybe try and do some activities...like attempting to join the mile high club?

biggrin.gif Hmmm - ? Please explain? LOL
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007
post 9.Jun.2011, 10:34 AM
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Location: Stockholm
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QUOTE (Bender B Rodriquez @ 9.Jun.2011, 10:10 AM) *
Forget about that on US carriers. The cheap bastards want $6 per drink unless you fly business...

36kr for a gin and tonic? that's dirt cheap compared to any swedish beverage service.
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aussie.dad
post 9.Jun.2011, 10:40 AM
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Location: Australia
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Me thinks it might be unconstitutional here! ohmy.gif Do they really charge for booze on the transatlantic journey? Does not happen on any other stretch that I have taken - not even domestic here.
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teslar
post 9.Jun.2011, 10:48 AM
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QUOTE (Bender B Rodriquez @ 9.Jun.2011, 09:10 AM) *
Forget about that on US carriers. The cheap bastards want $6 per drink unless you fly business...


Hmm, I flew Delta to Portland and back last year and got free booze. SAS on the other hand limited me to 1 drink with dinner, also last year. I have no experience with other US carriers on long haul flights though.
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Stickeroo
post 9.Jun.2011, 10:55 AM
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Location: Stockholm
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Well the procedure for the mile high club is to submit the following:

Recent photo of yourself against a white background. Full body shot.

Airline, flight number, and seat number you will be in.

We will process the request and if it's approved then you will be joined on the flight by yours truly, and I will personally guide you through the process of joining the club.

All this and more for a low cost processing fee of 150SEK (please include with application, or email us for Bank Giro number. Male passengers not welcome. We reserve the right to refuse any application without reason. No appeals).
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I don't know about some of the discount carriers. But flying with BA, Lufthansa, or KLM (even economy) drinks of any kind are free. They're not going to serve you Grey Goose vodka but it'll get the job done.
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gplusa
post 9.Jun.2011, 11:16 AM
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Location: Luleå
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Having flown between NZ to Sweden, typically in 10 hour jumps, more times than I care to remember, I can sympathise with your plight. I'm not a plane sleeper. I've tried, but it just doesn't happen for me. I doze, but that's about it. Some people can't sleep while travelling. Sadly I'm one of those. In order to keep my sanity, I break the trip up into copeable (is that a word?) chunks. A movie, that's 2 hours. A meal and all it's organising, kills an hour. 3 movies, a couple of meals and the odd toilet leg stretch gets you there. It's a matter of counting down, rather than counting up. Suddenly only 4 hours left doesn't seem so long.
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aussie.dad
post 9.Jun.2011, 11:25 AM
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Location: Australia
Joined: 22.May.2011

QUOTE (Stickeroo @ 9.Jun.2011, 09:55 AM) *
We will process the request and if it's approved then you will be joined on the flight by yours truly, and I will personally guide you through the process of joining the c ... (show full quote)

laugh.gif Very good - better deal than was offered to me for Platinum flyers - limo, but no personal escort/guide cool.gif So if I pay 150SEK (a bargain), what are the fringe benefits that I can expect? Are there 'frequent'...hmmmm..., mile high points? And,more importantly, so that we can assist the OP in addressing the original question, how might that address the stress of flying?
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