If you travel often for business, you know that even short flights take up a lot of time. So when you have to take a long flight, overseas or domestic, here are some tips to make the most out of those long flights, and stay productive at 30,000 ft.
1. Charge Up
While most airlines do have plug-ins at your seat, don’t always count on it. Charge your laptop, tablet and cellphone the night before a long flight to make sure you don’t run out of battery mid-air. If you know that the battery life on any of your devices can drain quickly bring a back up energy source that you can plug into.
2. Prepare For No Wifi
Planes don’t always have wifi and if it does, it can be super spotty. Instead of allowing the lack of wifi to hinder your productivity, anticipate this occurrence and set yourself up to still be able to work. Gmail and Outlook are among numerous email providers that offer offline email tools that allow you to read, compose, star, label, and archive emails while you are not connected to the internet. Even if you don’t want to work, bring a book to read and take advantage of the time you have.
3. Pack Well
Your carry-on bag shouldn’t be all the random stuff that didn’t fit in your checked luggage. Instead, it should be all the items you need for your flight, organized in such a way that you know where everything is. My suggestion, pack all of your professional items into one pouch: charger, battery pack, small notebook, pen, etc. Then all of your personal items into another pouch: chapstick, hand lotion/sanitizer, eye mask, comfy socks, toothbrush, and noise cancelling headphones.
4. Don’t Forget Your Snacks
Airplane food is not famous for being delicious or particularly nutritious. So bring snacks that will help you remain fueled and productive. Think trail mix or dried fruit. While food is obviously a big priority, don’t forget about your h2O! Flying dehydrates your body. Pack a large empty reusable bottle to fill up at the airport before your flight.
5. Be Realistic With Your Expectations
Taking a 17-hour flight does not mean you are going to crush 17 hours of work. Plan out exactly what work you would like to accomplish and schedule that work along with eating, sleeping, and relaxing. Once you have completed your work lay back, enjoy a glass of vino and binge watch movies until you fall asleep–you deserve it!
– Jamie Fleetwood
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