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10 Tricks to Long Haul Happiness

From achieving an airline upgrade to what flight survival essentials to pack, we've rounded up our top 10 tricks to long haul happiness! If you've ever seen the 2009 smash hit film 'Up in the Air' you'll begin to wonder how George Clooney's character can be such a savvy traveller! Like Ryan Bingham, being a regular business traveller (or even if you're a backpacker) jetting off to fabulous destinations around the world can mean that you need to be organized, prepared and have your travelling skills down to a T .... But the good news is that you can too!

Check them out below!

  1. If you can, choose your seat in advance. Aisle or emergency seats may not be the most convenient in some ways, but in others it means you can stretch your legs out and get up easily at regular intervals. If you'd like to move to a better seat, politely ask the airline staff if the plane is full - you may be able to move to a better seat.
  2. Bring an eye mask and earplugs. These can really be a godsend if you need a nap, but noise from other passengers and light disturbances affect you.
  3. Choose a brightly coloured suitcase or alternatively tie or stick something to it so that you can quickly distinguish it on the carousel.
  4.  Try to get everything ready for check in and security before you get to the front of the queue. Simple things like having your documents ready for inspection, or preparing items for the security trays while you wait saves you (and others) time and hassle.
  5. A pashmina or shawl is fantastic multi-use item that can be doubled up as a blanket or rolled up for a pillow.
  6. Don't assume that the in-flight entertainment will work. Bringing a book or some music is not only great for the flight, but will keep you entertained while you wait for it.
  7. Try to adjust your body clock to your new time zone a few days in advance. Go to bed slightly earlier (or later, depending on where you are going!) two weeks before your flight, adjust your watch on the plane, and spend some time outside upon your arrival. This way the effects of jet lag will be more manageable.
  8. Make sure you eat before the flight and drink plenty of water throughout the entire journey to keep hydrated. Bring an empty drinks bottle with you so that it can be refilled on the plane - sometimes those small cups just aren't enough!
  9. If your return flight means that you will arrive back home late, make sure you have a meal in the freezer that's easy to prepare quickly.
  10. Reduce your risk of deep vein thrombosis by getting up and walking round the plane at regular intervals; rotate your ankles and stretch all parts of your body from head to toe. Flight or compression socks can also be helpful, but it's important that you purchase the correct fit.

If we forgot anything or if you have your own savvy tips for long haul happiness, why not let us know in the comments or join in the conversation on our Facebook and Twitter pages!

And remember... having a suitable level of travel insurance cover for the entire duration of your trip can help in many circumstances. At Alpha Travel Insurance, our policy benefits include baggage (lost, stolen, delayed and damaged), cancellation, a Doctor led emergency medical assistance team available 24/7, and much more!

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