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So at long last you are on the plane; you will be on board for almost 9 hours so a little preparation is a jolly good idea. Particularly if you have children with you!
Firstly, make sure everyone is wearing comfortable clothes; trackie bottoms and t shirts are fine with a couple of extra layers to allow for the plane getting cold.
Likewise, comfortable shoes and nothing that is remotely too small! Your feet and body will swell on the plane.
Next you need to pack at least one book into your hand luggage; you may not like the films on offer; something light and easy to read is best.
A pen and a crossword book is also a good plan and some noise cancelling head phones if you have them. You can buy some bog standard ones in Walmart; not Bose, but hey they are less than $40!
Some tissues, mints and something to suck for the landing can also go into your bag. If you know you suffer with your ears then get some earplanes which seem effective for most people. The stewardesses also have some tricks up their sleeves if you have ear pain so call them if you are struggling.
You have recently been able to buy those long socks to prevent D. V. T. and although not the most glamorous of items we all wear them.
On the same tack do take frequent walks round the plane to keep your blood flowing and follow the exercises suggested in the flight info.
Are you taking children with you? when we took small children we used to wrap about 10 small gifts each to open during the flight. These need not be expensive; colouring books and pens, a puzzle book, a small puzzle.
A pillow case will make your homeward flight more comfortable: WHAT: yes really. Stuff it with some of the small pillows and you will be the envy of the whole plane.
Should you be travelling on a charter flight then a request for more pillows will be met with a blank stare, so stuff it with an anorak style jacket.
Take care with your alcohol consumption; in fact, best to stick with plain water. . . and lots of it. I drink pints on the plane and yet I am still aware of being dehydrated the next day.
I aways find it wisest to steer clear of any spicy offerings when it comes to the meal and you feel less bloated if you do not succumb to the snacks offered in your in flight magazine.
And finally, relax! you are on holiday!
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