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Tell me how were you able to survive 14-hour flight from Los Angeles to Sydney on Qantas?

Tell me how were you able to survive 14-hour flight from Los Angeles to Sydney on Qantas?

Oct 16th, 2002, 07:58 PM
John in Miami
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We flew Miami - LA - Sydney (29 hrs) and then Cairns - Sydney - LA - Miami (40 hours)

Get your shoes off immediately after boarding. Your feet WILL swell during the flight and (as my 12 year old son can tell you) it can get quite uncomfortable by the end of the flight. Get up and walk around every 2 or 3 hours. There is usually a little area in the back that you can use to stretch without bothering other passengers.

Qantas gives you a little baggie with socks, toothbrush/paste and an eye mask - use them. Previous posters have mentioned setting your watch to Sydney time as soon as you board - that is excellent advice.

Try to get an aisle seat if at all possible. The seats lean back about twice as far as domestic flights here in the US and if the person in front of you is leaned back, it can be difficult to get out of your seat without disturbing others.

The service was absolutely wonderful. The food was decent (with real silverware!) and the attendants were top notch. Even at the end of the flight, they were genuinely friendly and cheerful.

Things to take with you:
- inflatable neck pillow. This was the most valuable thing I took on our trip! Don't blow it up until you've reached crusing altitude or it might pop!
- wet wipes always come in handy. I use them to wipe down the food tray before using it.
- a good book or two
- a pen. Before landing, you will have to fill out the immigration form.
- medicines and contact case/glasses (if needed)
- of course your cash, credit cards, passport & visa.

Enjoy your journey to Oz!

John in Miami
Oct 17th, 2002, 10:37 AM
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Dear Nancy,
We live in New Zealand, so every time we go out into the rest of the world, so to speak, unless we are going to Australia, we have a very long flight!!
Because we love travel,we have had a lot of long flights.
My husband's theory-eat and drink all that is offered and enjoy a party in the sky.
I am much more circumspect and drink water eat carefully, walk round the plane etc.
Usual result: he arrives at the destination feeling great and I feel tired but exhilerated.
Moral: It's only a short time out of your life, with wonderful rewards!
Happy travelling!
Oct 17th, 2002, 06:22 PM
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Ah yes...the joys of travelling. Frankly, I'd rather have a straight shot 14 hr. flight than I would having to change planes and spend down time in an airport between.

All the other posters had great advice about wearing comfy clothes (if only we could wear pjs); drinking lots of water, getting up and moving around (believe it or not it's recommended that you get up and move around every 20 minutes to avoid blood clots...but let's be realistic..that's not gonna happen; hopefully you'll be sleeping for a good portion). I haven't tried Ambien, but may have to look into that. I just pick up some Melatonin, wait until the meal service, take a few of those, have a glass of wine and by the time they clear, I'm feeling sleepy enough to doze off. As with any medication, though, you should try it before your trip just to make sure you don't have any adverse reaction.

In between reading, watching the movies I also do some yoga, which seems to help.


Oct 17th, 2002, 06:58 PM
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Hi everyone - I've been reading all your comments and will be taking lots of your advice. We leave in two weeks. 6 hrs. from NY - L.A. and then the 14 hr. trip to NZ. No matter what...it will be worth it when we get there. Going home, it will be 17 hrs. from OZ before we head back to NY from LA. I think it'll take a week to get back to normal!!! Can't wait.
Oct 18th, 2002, 01:32 PM
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Now that's the proper attitude!!

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