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Old 2nd Aug 2004, 16:38   #1
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Default Top 10 Travel Tips - help is needed here please...?

Right, this is a plea for everyone else to provide me with their top tens, rather than me giving you mine.

In about a weeks time I am flying out to New Zealand, and this is going to be a very long flight with one three hour stop. I am not looking forward to spending about 36 hours in a giant flying Smarties tube, and I am hoping that all you very nice people would provide me with your top ten tips for surviving long distance travel. Please! I have got as far as not eating a curry before I get on the plane!
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Old 2nd Aug 2004, 16:45   #2
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1) Have lots of money so you can fly First Class

[I've never quite sorted this one out properly myself, so good luck to you]
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Old 2nd Aug 2004, 16:51   #3
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Melatonin is a natural sleeping pill. Your body produces melatonin when you sleep anyway, so taking this just encourages you. On a recent flight back from America I took a couple and slept almost the entire time.
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0 Drink water before the flight. Personally, I also take a few aspirins during the week before, too, against DVT.
1 Take bottles and bottles of water on board with you, and drink it constantly. In 36 hours, try to get through at least 6 litres.
2 Avoid alcohol. It feels OK at the time, but it has a very depressive effect over a long flight.
3 Take your shoes off and replace them with thick socks during the flight.
4 Get an aisle seat if you can. It'll help you with your frequent visits to the loo. Window seats are overrated. Use your Aisle position to stand up and sit down a lot.
5 Take really light reading matter.
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1) Have lots of money so you can fly First Class
Or just ask. You can prep the airline with a letter (It's my birthday/anniversary, etc.).

We did that for out honeymoon and got BA Business Class to San Francisco and BA 1st Class from NY. Nice.

Both cabins were virtually empty too.
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Melatonin is a natural sleeping pill. Your body produces melatonin when you sleep anyway, so taking this just encourages you. On a recent flight back from America I took a couple and slept almost the entire time.
Nice one. I've tended to use generic antihistemines which can do the job, too.
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Nice one. I've tended to use generic antihistemines which can do the job, too.
They don't put me to sleep anymore, I take that many just to get through life ....

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