How not to feel bleugh after getting off an overnight flight
I love flying and airports, usually opting to get there with at least 2 and a half hours to spare. Tom (who is a pilot) is making me into even more of an aviation geek. I was so excited when I heard that I would be flying on the upper deck of the A380 out to Malaysia- and for once I would be allowed the window seat!
Tom also completely geeked out over it and made me call him as soon as I had boarded the plane to tell him all about it. There are a few economy seats upstairs plus a huge business class section although you board from a different entrance meaning you sadly don’t get to walk up the stairs on the plane (am I the only one who was sad about this?) For those of you without aviation geek boyfriends you can find out more about the A380 here.
Malaysia Airlines were kind enough to put me up in Business class for my overnight flights so that I could maximise my sleep and make the most of my short time in Kuala Lumpur. I actually always sleep really well on flights, and have mastered the art of enjoying my flights to the max, so I thought I’d share a few tips.
Choose your seat wisely. There’s a great website called Seat Guru with reviews of each seat in each type of plane, look at this before you check in online. If you aren’t paying for extra legroom (or flying business) then it’s worth going online right as check in opens to get the best selection. I want to be near to a loo, but not next to it, and if I can get the extra legroom for free then I’ll definitely opt for that.
What to pack
· Comfy clothes (I usually wear leggings, a yoga bra, t-shirt and long jumper, plus scarf)
· Slip on shoes (so that you can easily put them on for bathroom trips)
· Eye mask
· Ear plugs
· Something to read
· Toothbrush & toothpaste
Stay hydrated- I always pick up the biggest bottle of water before getting onto the plane, and then ask for it to be refilled throughout the flight or for more bottles. Even the budget airlines should be able to refill for free! Avoid too many caffeinated drinks and alcohol.
Sleeping pills can be a lifesaver. I used them to knock myself out for pretty much the entire flight to New Zealand a few years ago. I use Nightol or herbal Nightol and they work like a charm.
Wear compression socks and walk around when you can to keep the blood flowing around the body. If you can, raise your legs onto the side of the plane or wall infront!
Bring healthy snacks with you, plane food can be pretty dodgy plus it’s often not served at the right time for your body clock. Having snacks like fruit, cereal bars, nut butter (careful there isn’t anyone allergic onboard) will ensure you don’t go hungry. I know a lot of people suffer with bloating or feeling gassy on planes- if that’s you then avoid dried fruit or anything fermented.
I’d also really recommend joining a Frequent flyers membership with your favourite airline or group. You’ll earn points each time you fly which you can use to get a discount on future flights or get points through your Avios. You can even earn extra Avios when using certain credit cards and booking hotels. Malaysia Airlines is part of One World which meant I earned points from this trip- they’ve got a great Enrich programme that’s worth checking out. You never know when your membership could get you an upgrade (this has happened to me on a flight before!!)
I slept for a solid 7 hours on each of my flights with Malaysia Airlines and although I suffered with some pretty bad jetlag that first night, being thoroughly rested from a decent night’s sleep ensured that I fully enjoyed my action packed day in KL.
What are your thoughts on flying? Any tips to share?
Malaysia Airlines is the only carrier to offer a twice daily non-stop A380 full service link between the UK and Malaysia. UK passengers can also take advantage of frequent onward connections to destinations across Malaysia, Asia and Australasia. To book visit www.malaysiaairlines.com or call +44 (0) 871 4239 090