How To Survive A Long-Haul Flight

September 2016Words by Mr Shane C Kurup

Illustration by Mr Nick Hardcastle

There’s an old proverb which says that a man who travels faster than the speed of a camel is in danger of leaving his soul behind. While most of us wouldn’t relish the idea of making the trip to Hong Kong on a moody, hump-backed beast, anyone who has endured a long-haul flight can attest to the feeling of damnation that comes with clocking up the air miles.

The first two or three hours seem quite doable, but by hour five, a numb sensation starts to set in around the lower body (cue DVT paranoia), your feet will no longer fit into your shoes and every fellow passenger seems to be testing your resolve by incessantly coughing or impinging on your personal space. And that’s all before the delirium of jet lag kicks in.

But there are some simple steps you can take to make the experience of crossing far-flung time zones just that little bit more bearable…