How do you endure a 12hr flight?

Aug 28th, 2001, 09:50 PM
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As an aviator with many flights over 12 hours (and some over 20!), I have a few tips...
1) Stay hydrated.
2) Dress in layers. If the cabin temp is not to you liking, strip down or add a layer.
3) Take over the counter medication if it will help you sleep.
4) Grab a pillow and blanket every time you board. If nothing else, you can use them for lumbar support in those terribly designed seats.
5) Bring a good book.
6) Bring ear plugs for the screaming kids behind you and one of those eye shades for the person next to you that insists on having the lights on.
7) Get up and walk around every few hours. Sometimes after I use the lavatory, I just stand back there for 10 minutes or so to stretch out.

Good luck!
Aug 28th, 2001, 10:42 PM
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Hi everyone,
long flights are painful in economy class, theres no escaping that - but at least you don't have to do 24 hour flights like us Aussies & Kiwis if that makes you feel any better! I'm already dreading my one to Paris in 25 days...
Aug 28th, 2001, 10:43 PM
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I live in China and travel quite a bit, so 12-hour plus flights are the norm for me.

Thus far, Paul's advice (directly above) most closely matches my personal system - thus, my list is almost identical to his.

* Take sleeping pills if you can (Good advice above on testing pills before you leave)
* I always travel with a kit containing good ear plugs, eye shade, inflatable neck pillow, toothbrush & toothpaste, and thick socks for walking around the cabin
* I always dress in layers - cabin temp. seems to hit both extremes in every flight
* I always gather up pillow & blanket when I first board
* I always pack my own snacks - carryover from when I was a nanny & still comes in handy (plus my food is typically better than theirs!)

Also, my life saver has been my e-book. I'm a voracious reader, and can easily finish 2-3 novels on a long flight. With an e-book, I can take 10 books with me on the flight in ONE book-sized device. It also comes with a backlight, which is much nicer to have on a plane than using the overhead light (and your neighbors will think so, too). Well worth the initial investment. I use the RocketeBook.

I also keep a travelling kit that contains good ear plugs, eye shade, neck p
Aug 29th, 2001, 12:57 AM
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I have flown many a red eye flight between the US and europe and also on flights between australasia and europe and always have a standard pack I take with me. This includes:
sleeping mask
ear plugs
2 or 3 bottles of still water
sleeping pills
comfy layered clothes (usually tracksuit)
I know that people have strong views on the sleeping pill issue but I personally find the flight so much more enjoyable sleeping when you're supposed to as well as being well rested when you arrive at your destination. The sleeping pill I use does not leave you feeling dead but invites a natural state of sleep as well as natural waking. The drug name is Imovane and it's in the Zopiclone family, presently available in Canada but not the US to my knowledge.
Happy Travels.
Aug 29th, 2001, 04:51 AM
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A First Class ticket helps....
Aug 29th, 2001, 05:03 AM
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Shrooms man, Wow. hehe.
Aug 29th, 2001, 06:18 AM
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Jane: what is Donormyl you aske ?
It is a wonerful otc sleep medicatins sold in France. In the United States it is called Unisom and even tho it is the same generic medicine it doesn't seem to work the same way. That's why i stock up while in paris. It's only about 38 francs a package
Aug 30th, 2001, 03:01 PM
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Try to get a prescription for Ambien,it is an amazing sleep aide.One pill will allow you to sleep a full 8 hours, split it in half and sleep 4.My husband who travels internationally every month swears by it, and the groggy effects are very minimal.
Aug 30th, 2001, 05:27 PM
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Donormyl is a "sleep aid" sold only in France as far as I know. Sandra has said that it's the same as Unisom, but if so I agree with her it dosn't work the same way at all. Unisom left me feeling like someone had filled my arteries with lead during the night. Donormyl allows me to get just enough sleep (2-4 hours - hey, it's a LOT more than I ever got before I found the stuff; I'm terrible at sleeping on planes) to get through the next day feeling normal and with absolutely no side effects whatsoever. Next time you're in France, get some. They'll happily sell you several little containers of it.
And I agree with whoever said who ARE these people who get off the plane looking like they just rolled out of their own bed and did a 40-minute beauty routine? I have to use lots of Visine and makeup to look even half-decent.
Aug 30th, 2001, 06:15 PM
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ONLY 12 hours? Is that all? Consider yourself lucky.
Aug 30th, 2001, 07:42 PM
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I would also like to know how all those people do it in "cargo class." I agree with some of the responses, when I get off the plane I look horrible, as if I had not shaven or showered for days, my clothes are wrinkled and I feel unclean. And then I see people getting off "cargo class" with me wearing perfectly neat clothes, and their faces look fresh as if they slept for 9 hours in the most confortable bed, HOW DO THOSE PEOPLE DO IT, ANY ADVICE, PLEASE SHARE?

May 7th, 2002, 11:41 AM
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May 7th, 2002, 12:17 PM
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Surviving 12-16 hour flights? Easy. Book a First Class ticket, have a good meal, a glass of port, slip into the pajamas that are provided, climb into the 6"6" sleeper compartment, and wake-up in time for a hot breakfast prior to landing. To use Western Airline's tag line...Its the only way to fly!
May 7th, 2002, 12:30 PM
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I agree with the over-the counter sleep medicine, Tynerol PM or something like that. Once you arrive in the morning, do not take a nap. Try of stay awake until your regular hour of sleep based on local time. I take a sleep medicine the first night to ensure a full night sleep. I have less jet lag with that method than anything else I have tried.
May 7th, 2002, 12:30 PM
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Here's what we do (and we travel cross Altantic often)
Upgrade, if possible, don't eat, bring neck pillow so head won't wobble, sit on aisle if possible to allow occasional stretch of feet, cover eyes, plug ears, and take 1/2 ambien. You will get there feeling pretty good. We get to hotel, lie down for not more than two hours,then get up and finish the day. Fine from there on.
May 7th, 2002, 12:59 PM
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Well I never had taken a prescription sleep aid, but on our recent trip to Africa, (and we are talking 18 hours of REALLY cramped economy seats in 100% full planes) I waited until we were off the ground and the first drinks had come round (in other words, we were really on the way) I got out my neck pillow, eye patches, ear plugs, and popped two Ambien.. whew! It was wonderful, I woke up just as we were decending.. it was great! I felt wonderful upon landing, and it was much easier for me to get into the local time. My poor husband does the drink thing and ended up missing the evening entertainment 3 nights in a row, he was so jet lagged!
May 7th, 2002, 01:02 PM
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This is what I do...flown to Thailand three times (24 hours of flying/layover), Bali Indonesia (30 hours flying/layover) and London two times (7 hours flying). Board plane, read a little, eat the meal, have some wine, watch the movie, sleep as long as I can. When I get to my destination, I stay awake after arriving at my destination until normal bedtime according to the local time. Then I go to bed at a decent hour (on local time) and I am pretty much on local time the remainder of my trip. Flying to Thailand was a little easier than Bali or London because we arrived at night...only had to stay awake a couple of hours. In Bali (on my honeymoon) made it until about 9:00pm local time before dozing at the table in a restaurant waiting for the waiter to bring us the check
May 7th, 2002, 01:02 PM
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Where do you get the pillow and blanket on the plane? I know that sounds like a dumb question, but I've really only flow fairly short flights (5 hr or less), so never got these. Do you have to ask the flight attendant as soon as you board? They're usually busy... Or is there a secret location I can find them in on my own?
May 7th, 2002, 01:07 PM
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They are usually in your seat when you board the plane for a long flight. However, the cleanliness of these items is always in question since it is not clear if they are sanitized between flights. For this reason, I would advise bringing your own pillow and some type of jacket/sweater, etc. and skipping the airplane blanket.
May 7th, 2002, 01:10 PM
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Sleepyhead, the blanket and pillow are usually on your seat when you board the plane.

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