Kelli and I just arrived in Qatar after leaving New Jersey on 6 PM Monday evening.
We arrived in Doha at 3:30 AM Wednesday morning.
That’s a lotta flying and laying over, combined, with an 8 hour time change too.
Having flown over 100 times I have a little routine down pat.
From getting my rituals down cold to timing the pre-flight journey it seems easier for me to fly these days, compared to the days of my virgin flying foray from NYC JFK to Bali.
Things You Need for a Long Flight
Knowing what to take with you can ease your traveling worries. Not a bad thing if you change time zones like most people change their minds.
If you want a delightful flight line up these 7 things.
Note; I am tech averse/allergic. Do not expect this post to turn into a Tech Crunch piece.
1: Aisle Seat
- mass consumer of water (Aqua Man told me I drink too much water)
- mildly hyperactive (or a workout nut)
- guy who can take or leave window seat views
I always pick an aisle seat. Always.
I am kinda claustrophobic too. In a plane setting.
Aisle seats give you more space – hanging legs and arms into the aisle is pretty dang sweet – and offers you a quick and easy way to make a trip to the terlet.
Not a big fan of asking middle and aisle seat folks for my frequent trips to the throne during long haul flights.
My Chromebook is perhaps my favorite travel buddy. I can:
- write blog posts
- write eBooks
- stare at my tropical paradise wallpaper
for hours at a time, with my Chromebook.
Any lappy will work though. If it is light, relatively small and easily stow-able.
I fly with my tablet to do some reading and updating – if internet is available – to keep entertained….and current.
No brainer flying companion because it is small, portable and hyper convenient.
4: Layered Clothing
Layer your clothing.
Be prepared for piping hot or bone chilling temperatures.
My clothing layers served me during the trio of Qatar flights.
When things got Dante’s Inferno hot during sunny afternoon hours I stripped down to da basics. When things got chilly – most of the flight – long johns, sweats and a t shirt did the trick.
5: Small Backpack (for Stowing Under Seat)
Ya ever see that guy who rifles through the overhead compartment 342 times per flight?
Don’t be that guy.
Kelli and I carry small backpacks we stow below seats. So we can grab snacks and Chromebooks and tablets and pens or whatever quickly and easily.
6: Heavy Socks
Heavy socks keep the chill out.
The collective temperature of the plane cabins we experienced yesterday was consistent of that in Winterfell (White Walkers trudged by lifelessly).
Wear heavy socks to keep your tootsies toasty during chilly flights.
Consider adding a backup pair to your backpack if your feet get stinky. Just sayin’.
7: Pillow Device
I did my best Rip Van Winkle impersonation during our 3 flights from JFK to Qatar.
For me, this means sleeping for 4 hours. Primo nap time, baby.
I use a pillow device. Or my sweatshirt balled up. Because those neck pillow thingees make my neck stiff. But whatever floats your pillow device boat. So if the neck piece works for ya, go for it.
Trying to sleep while leaning against a rigid chair can be maddening. Adopt thy device of choice. Rest easy.
A camera. You can snag decent shots via your phone but it’s easier to preserve eye-popping snaps from a really good camera.