Flying by yourself can be a bit daunting, especially if it’s your first time or your first long haul flight by yourself. The flight to Australia is a long one, so I had to make sure that I had everything I needed to make my flight as comfortable and as stress-free as possible. So here are some tips for flying by yourself, especially if it’s a long haul flight.
Choosing the right seat
Choosing the right seat is vital for maximum comfort, especially if the flight is a long one. From what I’ve experienced recently, a lot of planes have 3 seats near the window and then 4 in the middle.
So bearing this in mind, if you like to sit next to the window for the view and you don’t mind hassling two other people to get up every time you need to stretch, use the toilet or freshen up then the window seat is a good choice for you.
If you’re someone who likes to get up a lot, you don’t really like bothering people and you don’t really care for the view, I would choose the aisle seat in the middle. Reason being, if you choose an aisle seat near the window, you have to keep getting up every time one person wants to get out which can be quite frequent since there are two people next to you. Even the most selfless person will get annoyed having to get up constantly to let people out – especially when you’ve found that perfect position. The middle aisle seat doesn’t have that problem as much because you only have to get up for one person and sometimes they can just climb over you.
I would never recommend sitting in the middle of anybody, do so at your own risk lol.
Two things which I would definitely recommend investing in is a neck pillow and a portable charger. I really wouldn’t recommend going too cheap on them either. You can get a nice memory foam neck pillow for £10 off Amazon which is a lot better than buying the ones you blow up because they deflate after a while, or the ones that feel like a bean bag because the little beads shift and it’s not as comfy. However, definitely spend within your own limits. The reason I recommend getting a neck pillow is because it’s so much easier to sleep on a plane when you have one and because sleeping on strangers is NOT socially acceptable (yet), the pillow provides that support for your neck.
A portable charger is almost imperative. Unless your phone can last over a day without charging I would recommend getting one. Again, it’s better to spend a little extra on a portable charger that can give you more than one charge for your phone. A 10,000mAh portable charger is a good size (I went overboard and bought a 20000mAh one; it can charge my phone 6 times!) but to be honest, anything that can charge your phone twice is quite good. You don’t want to be stranded or lost and with no way to contact anyone because your phone died.
The aircraft may be cold
For some reason, the aeroplane is always cold even when you turn off the little fan you have above your seat. So I would recommend bringing a jacket, cardigan or scarf for the plane just because the blankets they give you can be quite thin and being cold on a plane is not ideal.
For long haul flights/overnight flights
Not every airline will give you a toothbrush and toothpaste (*cough* Qantas *cough*) so I would recommend bringing your own. Also, you might want to bring a spare change of clothes, especially for extra long haul flights (like flying Australia) so you can feel and smell fresher. In addition to this, you might want to bring travel sized wipes and deodorant. I’m not sure about the rule regarding bringing aerosols in your hand luggage. I’ve usually been able to bring my mini travel aerosol deodorant but some airlines can be picky with that sort of thing.
Unless you want Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)…
I would recommend buying flight socks! I know it’s quite common now for girls our age to be taking oral contraception but what a lot of people don’t realise is that this increases your risk of getting DVT so many doctors recommend getting flight socks and stretching your legs during the flight. Flight socks can be quite cheap (I believe Matalan sell them for £5 or less) and it’s better to get them than get DVT and risk death.
Some extra things to bear in mind:
- It’s wise to carry all your important documents with you like your visa, travel insurance, passport etc. and it’s easier to find them when needed if you carry them in a small folder.
- If you don’t know where you need to be, don’t be afraid to ask someone! I almost missed my connecting flight because I wasn’t sure if I was in the right place but I was too shy to ask.
- Unless you’re into 20-hour movie marathons, you may want to bring other things to keep you occupied when you get bored of watching films/TV shows such as a great book or a calming music playlist to listen to.
- Also, you don’t always have to buy water! Some (not all!) airports have water fountains where you can fill up your water bottle with filtered water so you can bring a regular water bottle or a collapsible one with you (just make sure its empty before security) and fill it up!
I hope that helps for now, if you have any other questions let me know!