Long haul flying strategies
My next long trip will also be five hours' time difference, but I'm headed for Lisbon so it will be that much later than at home. When I arrive it will be morning but my internal time will be the middle of the night.
Here are some of the specifics Ive discovered through the years or being on the road for The News-Herald's Travel section.
My North Face backpack is critical because it becomes a footrest once I recline my seat for sleep. Neoprene Nufoot slippers go over my socks to keep me warm, provide traction and help me make the trek to the washroom. I brush my teeth using one-time use disposable brush picks with toothpaste embedded. A collapsible plastic water bottle the folds flat when empty is attached to the pack by a carbiner along with Purell handcleaner. Both are easy to clip off the pack and onto my belt when I explore my destination.
The water bottle, purchased at the AAA office in Mentor, was the envy of everyone in during my visit last spring to Cuba where hydration is important but bottled water is not widely found.
My sleep mask and foam earplugs are travel essentials since I need darkness and silence to sleep on flights and at my destinations. They're rolled and packed in a ziplock bag along with meds I need to take on the flight. I usually travel with a sleep aide, although I don't always use it. Prescription Ambien is my choice.