Surviving an overnight flight

Megan Pinckney | 7/12/2018, 2:11 p.m.
Overnight flights make the most sense if you’re flying quite the distance because they allow you to start your day ...

The best thing you can do for yourself on an overnight flight is come prepared because once you’re up in the air there’s very little you can do to overcompensate. Your carry-on bag should have socks, a pillow (even if you don’t normally travel with one), a sleep mask, nasal spray and eye drops because your eyes and nose truly dry out when you’re flying for so long, baby wipes to help clean yourself before you fall asleep and when you wake, noise-canceling headphones because no matter how late it is someone will always be up on the flight, entertainment to help the time pass quicker and, of course, snacks because nothing is worse than being hungry while in the air and the flight attendant telling you they’ve run out of the good snacks.

Stretching before you get on board is important. It gets your blood flowing and prevents your muscles from getting stiff. Take some time while you’re in the airport to touch your toes, stretch out your calves and biceps and move your head and neck around. Even if you take 10 minutes it will make a huge difference in how you sleep and, more importantly, how you’ll feel when you wake up.

Sleep aids can be extremely beneficial on overnight flights because they can ensure that you do sleep, especially if you are changing time zones. The trick is finding the sleep aid that is best for you. Although there are over-the-counter drugs with prescription strength that can do the trick, there are also natural sleep aids to help you doze off more easily. Take time to do a little research and find the one that’s best for you. I also recommend trying the sleep aid a week or so before your trip so that you can determine if it is right for you.

Megan Pinckney (@shadesofpinck) is a retired beauty queen turned lifestyle blogger who loves exploring the world and writing about it.