Onboard airplane

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Everybody who has travelled has their go-to tricks for getting through long flights. But how do our Travel Experts do it? We asked for their best advice:

Giselle Radulovic, Country Manager of Hawaii Tourism Oceania

Something I’ve discovered in the last few years is not to underestimate the value and effectiveness of noise-cancelling headphones! They have changed my flight experience. And I always take a wool wrap or pashmina on every trip - not only does it keep me warm on the flight but it doubles in use as I wear it during my trip.

Noice cancelling headphones

Donna Campbell, Managing Director, Destination Canada GSA

It sounds boring, but drink water and don’t eat heavy meals. I go for the fruits, juices, and vegetables and I come out on the other end at my destination feeling so much better.

The other tip is to arrive at the airport tired. If you don’t have a fear of flying, you’ll walk onto the plane ready to sleep. With the white noise of the engine and the gentle rocking of the plane, you'll be able to get six hours or more of sleep.

Matt Fletcher, Director, Australia and New Zealand of Brand USA

What I used to do years ago was get all my work done on flights. I used to travel for work all the time - I was on a long haul flight every 6 weeks - so it was my time to read a report I hadn’t read or write a strategy that I hadn’t had the headspace to before. But now, with WiFi it’s so tempting to get stuck into email. I’m one of the people who’s in the “no WiFi on plane” camp.

Man on phone using Wi-Fi

Nicole Backo, British Airways' Regional General Manager, South West Pacific

On board, people love to watch films. We give customers access to over 1,000 hours of films, top TV shows and audio channels, so there really is something for everyone.

British Airways plane flying

Andrew Clark, Hong Kong Tourism Board’s Regional Director for Australia, New Zealand and South Pacific

I love it when that door shuts and I’m excluded from the outside world. I immediately try to zone out. I change my watch to the time of my destination so my body clock can start adjusting early…I also kick off with a Bloody Mary as well no matter what time the flight is.

Claire Hanney, Head of Travel Experiences at Insight Vacations and Luxury Gold

Listen to your body! Don’t try to trick your body by thinking about when it’s morning, when it’s night. Have a sleep mask and ear plugs ready the same way you have a book or a movie picked out for the flight. If you’re sleepy, have a sleep. If you’re awake, do something. It’s so simple and it completely eliminates the idea of jetlag.

Andrew Gee, Vice President Sales and Marketing, Asia Pacific at Outrigger Resorts

On the long flights on the way to your destination, fly in comfortable and loose clothing.

Woman carrying suitcase in comfortable clothing

Karen Ledbury, presenter on Channel 7's The Morning Show

Pack one complete spare outfit and a change of underwear along with a little ‘refresher’ bag.

For the kids, I always pack spares for them, give them a hydration spritz to keep them refreshed, and make sure they have socks so that they can kick off their shoes and get comfortable.

Natalie Barr, host and presenter on Channel 7's Sunrise

I take half of an over-the-counter natural sleep tablet when it’s time to go to sleep and that often works. After more than 15 years on Sunrise, I’ve never wanted to get addicted to sleeping tablets, so I only ever use these natural ones when I’m travelling. Kochie gave me that tip and it seems to take the pressure off and let me drift off and stay asleep.  

Also, I don’t eat if I’m not hungry. I know it’s hard because half the time you’re just bored and eat for the sake of it.  But I often skip a meal if I’ve just eaten at the airport because I feel worse and more bloated if I overeat on a plane.

What are some of your favourite tips and tricks? Tweet to us @7travel to let us know!