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  • How to prepare for a long plane ride?

  • Heed these tips for a comfortable, happy, and healthy flight.

  • You will need: Carry-on luggage, electronics, reading materials, snacks , a good seat and early check-in, earplugs or headphones, an eye mask, a travel blanket and neck pillow, comfortable clothing, thick socks, motion sickness pills or ginger capsules, hand-sanitizer wipes and plenty of water.

  • Optional: a lavender-scented neck pillow.

  • Step one, pack essentials, such as medications and passports, a few days before your flight, and completely finish packing the night before.

  • You'll minimize stress because you won't be rushing around the morning of the flight.

  • Step two, make sure all essentials are in your carry-on luggage.

  • Fully charge your music player, game player, or laptop and pack books and magazines.

  • Bring your favorite snacks and finger food.

  • Check out the entertainment and food options offered by the airline before you fly.

  • Step three, consider upgrading to a better seating class for a particularly long flight.

  • If you check in online up to 24 hours in advance, you often get to choose your seat or change to a better one.

  • Or get to the airport extra early and check for a better seat at the counter and again at the gate.

  • Sit in exit rows and the bulkhead provide the most legroom.

  • Step four, bring along earplugs or noise-reduction headphones to block unwanted noise.

  • An eye mask will shield your eyes from sunlight if you want to sleep during the day.

  • Step five, bring a soft travel blanket and neck pillow.

  • Besides being warm and cozy, you won't have to worry about the airline's blanket-cleaning policy.

  • Dress comfortably and bring thick socks to swap for your shoes after take-off.

  • Neck pillows with lavender are said to be calming and reduce headaches.

  • Step six, take motion sickness pills or ginger capsules 2 hours before your flight if you're prone to air sickness.

  • Wash your hands, especially before and after eating, and bring hand sanitizer wipes.

  • Wipe down airflow vents and tray tables with sanitized wipes and use a tissue when touching the bathroom door handle.

  • Step seven, drink plenty of water before and during your flight to avoid muscle aches and fatigue.

  • Get up, stretch, and move around often to prevent stiffness and deep vein thrombosis.

  • Did you know?

  • A survey by 3M and the Global Strategy Group found that most Americans would rather get stuck in traffic, go on a blind date, or go to the dentist than sit in the middle seat on a flight.

How to prepare for a long plane ride?

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