Flying to a new city is one of life’s greatest pleasures. With many sights to see and adventures to explore, travelling is the part and parcel of our lifestyle. That’s why it comes to no surprise that Singapore Airlines launched the world’s longest flight. In a non-stop route, it flies travelers from Singapore to New York within 19 hours. While the business class seats are great, we can’t help but wonder, “What can we do on a long flight?” Whether you rely on Netflix or novels, here’s what to do when you are in the longest flight in the world.
1. Bring your bedtime essentials
Don’t fool us. We know you’ve not been getting enough rest from the last-minute packing and airport rush. Since you have all the time in the world, how about indulging in a well-deserved sleep? It’s also a good chance to adjust your body clock to the next time zone. If you’re planning a relaxing shuteye, wear comfortable clothing (think hoodies and cozy pants), sleep mask, and inflatable neck pillow. Remember to pack some earbuds too.
2. Keep yourself hydrated
There’s a reason why everyone advises you to stay hydrated during flights. The air in pressurized cabins is very dry. When you’re caught in this environment for a long time, it can make your skin dry and itchy. The best way to stay hydrated is to drink lots of water. We know it’s tempting to ask the flight attendant for soda, coffee or tea, but drinking it will promote further dehydration. Try to avoid them and stick to water. You can also take it a step further by applying moisturizer and using eye drops.
3. Go on a series binge
Binging on your favourite series is one of many ways to keep you occupied for hours. We know this because Riverdale had kept us up all night. You can download a few movies, if you like. However, most series have interesting cliff-hangers and plot twists that will keep you at the edge of your seat. It’s a powerful distraction from boredom. Whether you’re catching up with the latest season of Modern Family or watching reruns of The Office, it will entertain you for hours on end.
4. Organize your stuff
It’s pretty much like spring cleaning the stuff on your phone. You know the hundreds of selfies and holiday pictures you didn't use? Thrash it. Clear up your phone space for new vacation photos you’re about to take when you arrive. If you stumbled upon awesome snapshots, edit them at your own pace. By the time you land, you have a bunch of materials to surprise your social media followers with.
5. Read a book
Instead of picking up your regular read from a bookstore, pick the one that intrigues you the most. Go for a self-development book with a striking cover or an autobiography about a fallen political leader. During your flight, let the pages take you to an uncharted corner of your imagination. Before you know it, you might discover a new favourite author or a great read to add to your collection.
6. Get down to business
We’re not a fan of mixing business with pleasure, but imagine the amount of work you can finish within 19 hours. Long flights are the perfect time to refine your business plan, recalculate your analytical reports and revise your press releases. Minus the Wi-Fi distractions, you can definitely complete a lot of tasks. Once you’re done, you can send those out when you arrive at the hotel. Then, you’ll have one less work to worry about.
7. Take a walk
When you sit for a long period of time, you may experience back aches, soreness and leg cramps. In between series binging and book reading, go for a stretch. Walk from one end of the plane to the other. Then, make use of the ample space at the lavatory to perform some stretches. It is important to loosen up your muscle and keep your blood circulations going. Just remember not to get in the way of the flight attendants who are busy performing their rounds.
8. Explore your creativity
Someone wise once said you can never rush creativity. When you’re on a 19-hour flight, you know there are many ways to exercise your artistic side. You can knit a sweater, practice embroidery stitching and spend hours on a colouring book. If you prefer something brain-stimulating, solving crossword puzzles and Sudoku can do the trick.
Surviving the longest flight in the world may be a boring journey for the restless. However, there are many ways to stay productive during long hours. Whether you’re burying your nose in a good book or rewriting your last report, the hours are yours to spend. While you’re busy doing it all, you’ll arrive at your next destination before you know it.
What are other fun things you can do on a long flight? Share your tips in the comments box down below!