As far as we’re concerned, flight fashion is all about comfort. If you’re sitting down for hours, you don’t want an uncomfortable waistband digging in, or a tight top stopping you from settling down. So, for starters, comfy=chic.
Layering’s key here, too, especially if you’re travelling to warmer climes. Put on as many light layers as you can, and you’ll find it easier to keep yourself at a comfortable temperature, on the flight and once you land.
And, as attractive as they are(n’t), a pair of compression socks will help to stop your ankles from swelling – a normal side-effect of long haul flights. Pack a pair of thick slipper socks, too, and put them on instead of your shoes once you’re settled in your seat.
We’re not talking about the infamous rolling versus folding debate here, either. You’ve got to think carefully about what you’re going to bring on board a long-haul flight. If you put your hand luggage underneath your seat, you’re using up valuable legroom.
Most of our long-haul flights are on high-spec TUI Dreamliners, so you’ll have at least 34 inches of legroom – that’s more than most planes. But, you want to make sure that you’re making the most of that space. When you’re packing your hand luggage, organise all your in-flight essentials and valuables into a smaller bag which you can easily pop under your seat.
The Dreamliner’s got more overhead luggage storage space, too, which means there’ll be plenty of space for the rest of your stuff.
According to one study, you should treat your flight like the marathon it is, and carb up. Experts have found that carb-heavy foods – like bread, pasta and oats – increase your insulin levels, which can help your body adjust to a new sleep schedule. On a TUI flight, you’ll get one main meal and a light refreshment before you land, so try to pick the most carb-rich option on the menu.
Everyone knows that you should drink more when you’re on a plane. Because of the filtered air, the humidity’s lower than normal, so you’re likely to be left, literally, high and dry. But what’s the best way to combat this? We’d suggest packing an empty plastic bottle, and asking the cabin crew to fill it up for you. That way, you can keep your fluid levels up throughout the whole flight, instead of having to wait for the crew to bring the trolley around. Buy yourself a bottle of sports drink in the airport – once you’re through security – too. These drinks contain added electrolytes, which, along with plenty of water, help to keep you hydrated.
o what’s the best way to get some shut-eye on a long-haul flight? Well, if you’re on a TUI Dreamliner, you’ll find it easier to drift off, anyway. You can dim the windows with the touch of a button, and the dynamic LED mood lighting mimics dusk and dawn, helping your body wind down or wake up.
You can give the lighting a hand, though, by putting on an eye mask when it’s time to shut your eyes. This will limit your exposure to things like reading lights, and keep your circadian rhythms – which are in control of when you sleep and wake up – in check.
What’s more, your circadian rhythms can be disturbed by the blue-spectrum light which comes out of your tablet or laptop. So, if you’re winding down to sleep, try reading a paperback, or an e-reader, instead. That way, once you touch down on the tarmac, you’ll be rested and ready to grab your getaway with both hands.
A flight to St Lucia's Hewanorra International Airport will take around nine hours. But, once you step off the plane, you’ll be treated to an island packed with eye-widening scenery and bordered by brochure-class beaches. Whether you want to pick a sandy spot and kick back, or clip on a harness and zip-line your way through the rainforest, St Lucia’s got it covered. The Royalton St Lucia's ideal for a spot of post-flight luxury. This place is pretty new, and features seven restaurants and a spa at its sandy cove-side location.
Flights to Mexico might take 10 hours, but they give you access to over 10,000 kilometres of coastline, generously sprinkled with beaches. Strap on a snorkel and some flippers, and you’ll find picture-perfect underwater scenes at your fingertips. Plus, inland, UNESCO-accredited Mayan ruins like Chichen Itza are the big name sights. The TUI SENSATORI Resort Azul Mexico has secured a spot on the Riviera Maya, right on the beachfront. Bath-warm waters and soft white sands are just footsteps away, so you’ll soon be rested up after your flight.
Take off from London Gatwick Airport, and you’ll be in the air for around 12 hours before you land at Vietnam's Phu Quoc Airport. Phu Quoc Island floats in the turquoise-tinged Gulf of Thailand, and its beach scene’s unrivalled. We’re talking pillow-soft sands and calm waters. Its interior’s blanketed with forest, protected as part of Phu Quoc National Park, so nature-lovers will be in their element, too. We reckon that five-star Vinpearl Phu Quoc Resort's an ideal spot to wind down after your flight. Bai Dai Beach’s caramel-coloured sands are right on its doorstep.
The faces right up to mile-long Reduit Beach, and comes with an award-winning restaurant, to boot.
This small-but-perfectly-formed hotel is set on the petite Isla Mujeres Palace Isla Mujeres in Mexico. It combines luxury with island life, making it the ideal place for a romantic retreat.
You'll find the luxury JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay on the sands of picture-perfect Khem beach – plus when it comes to looks, the property matches its surroundings.
Our top deals tailored to you, straight to your inbox Sign up for offers
The Foreign & Commonwealth Office and National Travel Health Network and Centre have up-to-date advice on staying safe and healthy abroad.
For the latest travel advice from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office including security and local laws, plus passport and visa information check www.gov.uk/travelaware and follow @FCOtravel and Facebook.com/FCOtravel
More information is available by checking /destinations/info/travel-aware
Keep informed of current travel health news by visiting www.travelhealthpro.org.uk.
The advice can change so check regularly for updates
Many of the flights and flight-inclusive holidays on this website are financially protected by the ATOL scheme. But ATOL protection does not apply to all holiday and travel services listed on this website. Please ask us to confirm what protection may apply to your booking. If you do not receive an ATOL Certificate then the booking will not be ATOL protected. If you do receive an ATOL Certificate but all the parts of your trip are not listed on it, those parts will not be ATOL protected. Please see our booking conditions for information or for more information about financial protection and the ATOL Certificate go to: www.atol.org.uk/ATOLCertificate