The crew of Long Passages have made several long
distance trips by air. Here are a few ways that we
found to make the trip more bearable.
Carry a light carry-on bag or backpack with at least the
- Try to book a flight that leaves in the evening or at
night. That way you can treat your trip as a normal night where you go
to sleep and wake up at your new destination or transfer point. Our
flight from LA to Langkawi took about 30 hours, including connections
and waiting times between flights. Yours will probably be similar. But
we had no "jet lag" as we slept whenever we could on the
- Get to the airport at least 2 hours before your
- Wear loose, comfortable clothing that looks nice
(e.g. Comfortable slacks and over-blouse or polo/golf shirt) – not
sweatpants and sweatshirt. We have found that the flight crew will
treat you better if you are dressed nicely.
- Make sure that nothing is tight at waist, hips, legs
- Bring good book
- Try to get seats on a bulkhead or exit row or an
- We like to order vegetarian meals (this must be done
when you make your bookings). They are usually better and not as heavy
as the regular meals.
- Get up and walk around whenever you are awake or at
the very least just stand and lift legs and stretch for a few minutes.
- Once the plane has boarded or has taken off and the
seatbelt sign has been turned off, look for a vacant row where no one
is sitting. Move to that row, lift up the armrests and lie down and
sleep or just put your feet up.
- Drink lots of water!!!! Whenever the flight
attendants offer you water or juice, take one – preferably water.
- Take off shoes and wear socks or footies on the
- Do NOT drink more than 1 or 2 alcoholic beverages as
they dehydrate your body.
- Do Not drink caffeine beverages if they affect your
sleep unless you are ready to "get up".
- Book and/or magazine
- Toothbrush and toothpaste and maybe a
"travel-size" of mouthwash
- Pack of makeup removal sheets to use to refresh your
face and/or packs of Wet Ones.
- Passports (unless in purse)
- Travelers checks (unless in purse)
- A few snack foods – although you usually get more
food than you can eat on these flights.
- Reading glasses
- Aspirin or Tylenol (Panadol) and any other
medications you feel you may need.
- Light sweater or jacket (optional)
- Try not to make your bag too heavy as you may have to
carry it long distances thru airports.
Clothing Guidelines for the Tropics
- Light Cotton or linen blend or cotton knit items
- Nice T-shirts (or Women’s Tees) or polo/golf
- Skirt or light dress
- Blouses or dress shirts (2-4), if desired.
- Slacks (khakis, "Dockers" for men or
capri pants for women) at least one pair.
- It is suggested you not bring jeans as they are too
hot for this climate and are bulky to pack. Jean shorts or bermudas
- Bathing suit and cover-up or sarongs
- Cotton underwear
- Light cotton nighties (women) or pajamas
- Cheap flip-flops or beach sandals to wear around the
pool or on the beach
- Good sandals (e.g. Teva) and/or walking/cross-trainer
- Socks or footies, if wearing walking/cross-trainer
- Pair of dress shoes (or nice flats or sandels for
women. No high heels Also you may want to bring nylon footies to wear
with you flats as panty hose may be too hot.)
- Hat of some kind (preferably one with a wide brim)
- Light-weight rain jacket with hood or a fold-up
REMEMBER: If you would not
wear this item at home, do NOT pack it as you will not wear it on
holiday either. Try to bring items that don’t wrinkle too much such as
knits or cotton blends or linen/rayon/polyester blends.