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4 Tips for Long Haul Business Trips

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How To Make The Best of Long Haul Business Trips

There’s no denying that long haul flights are every business person’s nightmare. And the numbing jetlag after that really does nothing to help with the situation. Nonetheless, with careful and meticulous planning, long business flights can be the most empowering and productive part of your trips to overseas empires.

Here’s a quick primer to what you need to to remember whenever planning for such a trip.

  1. Prioritize Aisle Seats – First and foremost, a good, comfortable seat is a MUST. If you’re going to sit tight for more than 6 hours, then it should probably go without saying that you need excellent seating upholstery. If you can afford it, go for business class suites. If not, make sure that you pick and aisle seat over one near the window when traveling in economy class. There’s no way you’re going to avoid regular bathroom breaks in such long haul flights, and the last thing you need is climbing over people after every one hour or been pushed around every so often by such people every 15 minutes.
  2. Watch What You Eat Before The Flight – Sitting with a stone of Mexican Burrito in your tummy in a claustrophobic tube is hardly anyone’s idea of comfort. So, make sure that you eat only light healthy meals a day or a few hours before the flight. If you can, skip meal service and nibble on snacks instead. Not only is this going to help you combat the jetlag afterwards, but also means that you will need lesser bathroom breaks in the course of the flight. On that note, stay clear from the free booze you’ll see circulating during the flight. Alcohol – a serious dehydrating agent – is more often a foe than a friend in a pressurized cabin.
  3. Bring Some Light Work Aboard – As much as you may prefer to listen to rock using your Bose Noise Cancelling headphones throughout the flight, at times, keeping yourself busing with a bit of challenging mental work can make a long trip seem shorter. And it doesn’t have to be anything fancy or mentally taxing. Sometimes, just poring over some Excel worksheets or writing an assignment can go a long way in engaging your mental capacities.
  4. Don’t Forget Your Comfort Stuff – A comfortable travelers pillow, some binders and a pair of noise cancelling headphones can do a lot to make a long haul flight feel shorter than it actually is. At the same time, don’t forget to bring along your iPad full of interesting movies or a good book to keep your wits about you during the flight.

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