If you have flown at least once in your life for more than 3 hours, you know that feeling when you have to get off – as stiff as a fossil, that has stayed in absolute immobility and darkness the last several million years.
If you want to sleep, you will need the Holy Trinity: earplugs, eye mask and inflatable pillow.
The stiffness, the pain in the back and the neck, the dehydration and headache - they all can be prevented. Here are a few simple but effective ways how to feel good after a long flight.
1. Don't cross your legs while seating. This will prevent the blood from flowing through your blood vessels.
2. Don't drink a lot of coffee or alcohol. Yes, we know it's tempting because they are free and you don't really have much to do but they will dehydrate you.
3. Instead choose water, juice or tea. You can ask for as much water as you need – you don't have to wait for the designated drinks time.
4. Don't put your luggage between your legs and the legroom – this will prevent you from moving your feet.
5. When you have the opportunity, stand up and stretch your arms and legs. Then twist the upper part of your body left and right a few times.
6. At least once in two hours get up and walk around the aisles, check if they loaded enough toilet paper in the toilet, stretch a bit (don't worry – some people are watching you not because it's weird but because they are jealous).
7. If you want to sleep, you will need the Holy Trinity: earplugs, eye mask and inflatable pillow. They will help you ignore all the noisy passengers and prevent you from getting a stiff neck.