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    Handy tips for long-haul flights

    Who is with me when I say that the second I step on the aeroplane it is the start of the holiday? That's when I can sit back, relax and dream of the next two weeks of pure bliss. Well, that is... for the first two hours of the flight. If I am flying any longer, I get rather fidgety and worry if I am walking around enough, or if I am drinking enough fluids.

    Long-haul destinations have always been a favourite of mine. Sure, I love the continent of Europe but I do always try to book long-haul every couple of years. Last year it was Florida, chosen by the kids. We booked the USA car hire well in advance so that when the plane landed we could jump straight into the car and head for the theme parks. The flight from the UK to the USA was around 12 hours, the longest flight we have taken the kids on so far.

    Sure, long flights aren't exactly fun, but here are a few handy tips to get you through:
    • Wear comfy loose fitting clothes: I found that layers work as the air conditioning can get a little nippy on-board.
    • Try to avoid coffee and tea, replacing it with water and fruit juice.
    • When you first get on the plane, set your watch to the local time of your destination. This helps with jet-lag.
    • Get up and stretch regularly. What I usually do is go and brush my teeth every hour, that way I am getting some exercise, while having a quick freshen up at the same time!
    • Try and get some sleep. An eye-mask is a must for long flights.
    These are just a few helpful tips that are easy to follow. Next year we have an Australia car hire booked in every state and are looking forward to meeting a kangaroo! If you have any tips on handling a 24 hour flights please pass them on!

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