How to survive a long flight to Hawaii
If you’re wondering how to survive a long flight to Hawaii, and how to fight jet lag in Hawaii, you’re in the right place. No matter where you live, it’s going to be at least 5 hours to Hawaii and most often more. If you live in the Midwest or on the East Coast, you’re looking at least 8-12 hours.
Nothing is easy about flying to Hawaii, but there are a few tips on how to survive a long flight to Hawaii that will undoubtedly help. Keep reading to find out how to survive the flight and how to fight jet lag in Hawaii.
Check out my post about the best interisland flights for Hawaii after you read this one.
1. Buy tickets early
The earlier you purchase tickets, the better chance you have of being able to choose a good seat. Waiting until the seats are the least expensive isn’t always the best option because only the “undesirable” seats will be available at that point.
Getting a good seat can really help make a long flight a little easier. It may even be worth it to upgrade to business or first class for at least part of your trip.
2. Purchase a Kindle Unlimited Subscription
If you read fast, as I do, one book isn’t going to cut it. Besides, many airlines are switching to app-based entertainment services, so you might as well have a Kindle, or iPad with you. Sure, you can use your phone, but who wants to stare at a tiny phone for 8+ hours?
I don’t keep my Kindle Unlimited subscription year-round, but I do use it when I’m traveling a lot. I like to read on the plane or on the beach, so I get a lot of reading done on vacation. You can try Kindle Unlimited for 30 days for free.
If you prefer audiobooks, you can try Audible for 30 days and get two books absolutely free. You can also check out the Libby and Hoopla apps which you may be able to connect to using your local library for free.
3. Bring a Travel Pillow, Headphones, and a Sleep mask
I don’t care if they look dorky and are bulky; I don’t like traveling without a travel pillow. Even though I have a hard time sleeping on flights, I still feel more comfortable with a pillow. Memory foam is excellent and makes an uncomfortable seat just a little more bearable.
I also recommend bringing your headphones; Beats are always a great choice. A good sleep mask is another must-have. I love to use an app like iAwake or Insight Timer for meditation or calming sleep music. Just make sure to download your preferred mediation or music before you leave.
4. Bring a good water bottle
Some experts advise drinking as much as 8oz of water per hour on a plane. Yes, that means a lot of bathroom trips, but hey, you need to move around anyway! I always bring a Hydroflask and fill it up at the airport or on the plane. There is a massive amount of plastic waste on planes, and I don’t want to contribute to it.
5. Wear a comfortable outfit
I’ve heard that you can get an upgrade by dressing nicely, but I’ve never seen it happen. If you’re in the military and wear your uniform, you do have a chance to be upgraded if there is room. Otherwise, leave your cute clothes at home or in your luggage. Remember that Hawaii is generally very casual, so you can bring a nice outfit or two but the majority of people will be wearing shorts, t-shirts, tank tops, and sundresses. Find out more in my what to pack for Hawaii post.
6. Bring moisturizer and chapstick
Your skin is going to get dehydrated just like the rest of your body. Make sure to bring a good chapstick and moisturizer for the plane. I like All Good chapstick because it works well and has SPF. All Good also has my favorite brand of sunscreen, check out my post about the best sunscreen for Hawaii. This moisturizer by Andalou Naturals can be carried in your carry on luggage.
7. Avoid heavy meals and alcohol
It can be tempting to have a drink on the flight to help you relax/sleep, but the truth is, that will dehydrate you even faster. Heavy meals also don’t feel good when you have to sit for hours, so try to eat light and have a more substantial meal upon arrival.
If you are sensitive to caffeine, it’s best to avoid it as much as possible when adjusting to a new schedule.
8. Bring a “blanket”
I always have a”blanket” with me because planes are cold! I almost always use a Sand Cloud towel, which doubles great as a coverup or plane blanket. You can also use a sarong. I don’t even care to wear it over my other clothes to avoid using space in my luggage. Maybe this is why I don’t get those upgrades? You can use the code AmyFil25 for 25% off your purchase.
9. Carry some deodorant
Do I have to explain this one? Your seat “neighbor” will appreciate this one. I love this deodorant. No chemicals and it works.
10. Download the Timeshifter App
Yes, there’s an app that helps with jet lag! If you want to know how to fight jet lag in Hawaii, download this before you leave! It has all kinds of features including pre-travel adjustment, practical tips, and it even works in flight.
I hope that these 10 simple tips were helpful on how to survive a long flight and how to survive jetlag. If you have any other tips, I’d love to hear about them in the comments!
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