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Raptim Humanitarian Travel Tips: How to deal with a long-haul flight

When you’re a humanitarian full of compassion for those in need and dedicated to helping them, you often face long-haul flights to get to a remote location. This article provides tips for dealing with your long journey, because being in a confined space for a long time, has its challenges.

Tips for how to deal with a long-haul flight

Eight hours in an aircraft cabin might not sound like something that anyone would like to go through, but a long-haul flight can be a good experience with a few preparations and considerations. Follow these five tips in preparation of and during your long flight, so that you arrive refreshed at the place where you’re needed most ready to get into what you love doing.

  • Before you take on your journey to do compassionate work, there are several things you can do to mitigate jet lag. Change your sleeping patterns in the days leading up to your flight. Depending on where you’re traveling to, try going to bed at 3 a.m. or 6 p.m. But make sure that you are well rested before you fly.
  • The time spent on a plane to a remote location can be the equivalent of an entire day or night. Considering this, it's worth to bring a few comforts from home. Some essentials for long-haul flights are lightweight blankets or a good travel pillow to make sleeping less painful. Blank out the fact that you’re surrounded by 300 other people with a proper sleep mask and an effective pair of ear plugs.
  • Try to move around the plane to stretch your legs regularly. Not only is it necessary for your sanity on a long-haul flight, but also to avoid developing deep vein thrombosis (DVT). By doing a few simple exercises at your seat, you’ll keep the circulation flowing in your legs. Sadly, there isn’t anywhere in particular to walk apart from the aisles but moving about the plane every couple of hours is much more helpful to get some healthy rest than taking a sleeping pill.
  • Even though modern aircraft have made improvements, most cabins are still very dry places. The risk of becoming dehydrated is quite high. Therefore, it is important to drink plenty of water slowly and regularly. Try to avoid drinking too much coffee or alcohol. You can purchase a bottle of water at the airport, but make sure it stays sealed until you're on the plane because of liquid restrictions.
  • Make some friends! Flights are an ideal opportunity to talk to new, interesting people that are going the same way as you. Like yourself, every person on the plane has a reason to travel, so why not find out their story? And it’s a great chance to share your humanitarian cause and what you’re doing to help people in need. You may never know how far it goes; it can inspire someone to help people in need wherever they are.

The travel tips mentioned above can prove to be helpful when you're undertaking humanitarian travel, especially to the farthest and most remote location of our planet. We believe our world is a better place when your compassion can travel where it is needed most, and we are glad to help you