The flight from the UK to Australia generally takes around 26 hours with at least one stop depending on your departure point an ultimate destination once you reach Australia. Being confined to a small space or stuck in airports for over a full day with little sleep not to mention the heat and humidity once you reach the Far East may make a journey uncomfortable and you just wishing you could get to your destination as quickly as possible.
First Class Upgrades
If you can upgrade your standard seats on the flight to first class where you will have more leg room, comfortable reclining chairs, food and a quieter cabin, then you definitely should! Although you may get through a short haul flight in economy class on a regular basis after a few hours on a long haul flight you may find yourself craving the first class cabin.
Pack your on flight bag with lots of things to do during the flight and something which would pass the time relatively quickly without you noticing. Great options can be a series of books to read, your laptop with a selection of games, films or a box set of a TV series to watch or magazines and music. It’s very easy to pass several hours without noticing when you are engrossed in a film or book.
Wearing comfortable clothing for your flight is important; you don’t want anything too tight or fitted. In addition bring a few comfort aids such as headphones to cancel out the noise of noisy passengers or even just earplugs and perhaps a small pillow! Don’t take too much though especially as you only have limited space for the long flight.
Although it is tempting to drink the alcohol on offer on the plane and in the airport bars you should avoid this and keep hydrated with lots of fluids. Flights due to the heat and atmosphere are dehydrating so you should carry several litres of water on board and drink regularly. Top up your water supplies when you make a stop rather than taking water for the entire journey from your departure airport.
Long haul flights will put you at an increased risk of blood clots especially in the deep veins which is Deep Vein Thrombosis. You should do what you can to avoid this occurring by staying hydrated (as above), regularly moving around and avoid long periods of sleeping which will reduce your mobility. During your airport stops move around the airport taking a long brisk walk where possible, when you are on the plane wear flight socks, loose clothing and walk up and down the aisles, even if it is just doing to the toilet and back at least once per hour. Whilst you are sitting down flex your legs back and forwards. If you are at risk of a DVT due to health conditions discuss the flight with your doctor prior to departure, you may be prescribed with blood thinning medication to prevent clots from forming.