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Travelling can be both exciting and exhausting. Many of us only get one holiday a year, so we want to make the most of every minute. So, to make sure you don't end up sleeping off your flight when you should be out enjoying your destination, try following some simple tips to make your flight as relaxing and trouble-free as possible.

Plan ahead

The day before you are due to fly, try to keep your caffeine intake to an absolute minimum. Get an early night and if you have an early start, set several alarm clocks so that you are not kept awake by the possibility of oversleeping. For really early flight, the small additional expense of booking a room at an airport hotel can reduce stress levels on the day and leave you in a better frame of mind for travel.

Numbered seats

When booking, check if it is possible to reserve a numbered seat. Avoid the back row as these seats do not normally recline. If you are tall, it is worth checking to see if you can book a seat with extra leg room.

Layer Up

Plan your travel outfit around comfort rather than style, particularly if you are flying long haul. Layering makes sense even in summer the UK mornings and evenings can be chilly, and if you are heading to the sun, you can simply remove a few layers on arrival.

On-board Comfort

For long flights, make sure you ask for a pillow and a blanket. Many airlines supply these as standard, but check before you travel as you may need to bring your own. Always do your seat belt up over the top of the blanket, so that you are not disturbed by the cabin crew checking to see that it is fastened. A neck pillow is a wise investment for a long flight, and it is possible to buy inflatable versions to save space in your hand luggage. Add an eye mask and some ear plugs (if you are travelling without children of course!) and you are good to go.

Stress-free Arrival

If you are planning to sleep for most of the journey, remember to set your alarm for half an hour before the flight is due to arrive so that you can get your bearings, visit the loo and generally sort yourself put before the seat belt signs go on.

Flight Essentials

Staying hydrated is vital so try and sip water throughout the flight and avoid caffeine and alcohol at all cost. On long haul flights it is important to stretch your legs at intervals so go for a few strolls up and down the aisles, avoiding times when the crew are serving food and drink as the trolleys may block your route.

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