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Keeping Healthy and Entertained on Long Haul Commutes

October 6, 2017 Apps No Comments Email Email

Long haul flights are a pain. They’re long, arduous and they leave you exhausted. If you have to fly long haul regularly you can quickly find yourself sinking into a mixed state of despair and boredom as you watch the hours drain out of your week. So, what can you do keep a healthy body and mind, and keep yourself entertained?

Moving around regularly is a must, especially if you fly often. Low air pressure in the cabin can slow your circulation and add to possible blood clotting in your legs if you’re sat still for the entire duration of your journey, as reported by So, aim to sit on an aisle seat and aim to either walk around or stretch your legs on a regular basis. You should also aim to stay hydrated, as the dry cabin air will soon dehydrate you, and you should take steps to reduce the spread of germs such as wiping down tables and get a good night of sleep the day before you travel.

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Now how do you keep yourself entertained? Video games are one method if you’re like me and just want some mindless fun. The Nintendo Switch or 3DS are both impressive and portable consoles that you can charge during your flight. Both offer a wide range of games and it has just been announced that Netflix is coming to the Switch, meaning you can download your favourite shows to watch on the go. If you don’t want to shell out for a handheld console there are various apps and browser games you can download on your laptop. Some of our recommendations are for those who like epic quests, for fans of casinos who want to try their hand at winning some cash or just like playing for fun, and for gamers who like it quirky.


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Music streaming services such as Spotify or Apple Music offer a great opportunity to expand your musical knowledge. It’s the perfect opportunity for you to finally listen to that album you’ve been meaning to get round to, or step outside of your comfort zone and choose one of hundreds of albums of other genres to enjoy.

You could also consider using the time constructively. Developing a concise skill that requires little material to practice can provide direction and a sense of progression to an otherwise boring routine, for example learning a language of perhaps the country you’re travelling to, or practicing literary skills (on a laptop) can be very fulfilling ways to pass the time. Using your time productively is another good routine to get into. Take the opportunity to organize your bag or workload, or catch up on your diary or weekly planner, or you can start a journal. You can also budget for your trip if you haven’t done so already.

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Finally, there are plenty of things you can do that only take a bit of imagination to pull off! Get chatting with the other commuters and start organising some games. Everything from toilet paper racing to eye spy are on the table, after all, being locked in a metal box with a fair few strangers for multiple hours is the perfect opportunity to make new friends!


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