Anyone that has ever experienced a long flight will appreciate that sitting on a plane for hours on end can be an uncomfortable experience.

Taking an organised and astute approach to air travel is paramount. Here is a list of ten top tips that you need to know.

Get a Head Start

Making sure that you’re one of the first people to board the flight is essential. This allows you to choose more comfortable seats and get settled before take-off.

Choose the Right Seat

The window seats are generally considered to be more favourable to passengers. Those that suffer from prostrate problems are the only passengers that don’t favour the window seat. It’s worth noting that the front seats suffer far less from turbulence than those in the rear.

 Carry-On Luggage

All carry-on luggage should be as small as possible. Some essentials that you should pack are any electronics to keep you occupied, iPhones, iPads, mobiles and laptops are often found in carry-on luggage. Any expensive items such as jewellery should be kept on your person at all times, as should your money.

When to Go to the Toilet

Immediately after take-off and in between meals being served are the best times to go to the toilet.

Drink Plenty of Water

Passengers are advised to make sure that they are well hydrated throughout the flight. For this reason it’s important to drink plenty of water.

Don’t Drink Excessive Amounts of Alcohol

Some airlines serve alcohol free of charge. Passengers are advised not to drink heavily throughout the flight. The air inside a plane is thin. Consuming alcohol throughout the course of a flight will dehydrate your quicker than normal – and may lead to blood poisoning.

Keep any Dosage of Sleeping Pills Low

Many passengers embarking on a long haul flight will require some sleep. Taking sleeping pills is a common way to alleviate the problem of sleeping throughout the flight. What is less known is that when travelling at 20,000 feet in the air, the effects of sleeping pills are enhanced. Many passengers continue to sleep after the plane has landed, and are drowsy for hours after arriving.

Invest in a Travel Pillow

A comfortable travel pillow will help you throughout the flight. Thicker travel pillows will comfortably support you. Cheaper travel pillows are hardly worth the investment. They may even may you feel less comfortable throughout the flight.

Be Polite to the Flight Crew

Manners go a long way. The flight crew are here to make your flight as comfortable as possible. For this reason they should be treated with respect. Passengers shouldn’t be rude or demanding.

Upon Landing

Once you flight has touched down its important not to stand until the ‘fasten seatbelt’ sign has been turned off. This sign is for your own protection. Disobeying the rules will result in passengers not leaving the plane for a substantial period of time.