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How to Keep Yourself Entertained During a Long-Haul Flight

In some circumstances, twenty-four hours may not seem like such a long time. Twenty-four hours spent on a cramped plane, however, can seem endless if you fail to bring enough entertaining items along for the ride. To help ensure you're prepared for your next long-haul flight, consider bringing the following items in your carry-on bag to keep yourself entertained while in the air.

1. Books

Books can be quite entertaining during long-haul flights. Depending on your preferences, you may wish to bring novels, puzzle books, magazines, or newspapers along for the ride. Travel guides can also be worth bringing on board, especially if you're traveling to a region you are unfamiliar with. If you find books to be too heavy and bulky, consider bringing an e-reader instead. This will also free up room in your carry-on bag for other entertaining items.

2. Electronics

As previously mentioned, e-readers are great for providing inflight entertainment. Other electronics you may wish to consider bringing include an MP3 player and a pair of headphones, a portable gaming console, and a tablet packed with movies and games. Just don't forget to fully charge your devices before boarding your flight as there may not be any charging stations at your seat.

3. Old-School Games

If you'd rather not fill your carry-on bag with electronics, consider packing a couple of magnetic travel games. While magnetic travel games can provide hours of fun when traveling with a partner, even a simple notepad and pen can be used to kill some time if you wish to play games like hangman or tic-tac-toe with your seat mates.

4. Homework

If you have assignments to finish or materials you need read for work or school, why not tackle them during your long-haul flight? You may be amazed by how much you can get done without the usual distractions like phone calls and emails vying for your attention. Be aware, however, that the longer you fly, the more you'll be feeling the effects of having flown for so long - which can make it harder for you to concentrate on your work.

For those of you who like to travel light, but still wish to keep yourself entertained, your options may be a little more limited. Luckily, certain entertainment items are likely already on board to help you pass the time. Depending on the aircraft and airline you'll be traveling with, you may have access to inflight movies and music. Headphones and tablet rentals are also available on many flights to help keep you entertained. If you are unsure about what entertainment options your flight will include, contact the airline or check online for more information.

Because long-haul flights can feel endless when you have nothing to do, it's always wise to bring some entertaining items along for the ride. Thankfully, there are many things you can bring like books, electronics, old-school games, and homework to help keep you entertained during even the longest flights. Remember, a little preparation before a long-haul flight can greatly improve your overall travel experience.


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