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OK ... boys and girls .... give your best advise for taking these long flights to the Phils ....... what to take with you on the plane ....... how to pass your time on the flight ...... in other words .... what to do and not to do .......

 

If this turns out good enough we could pin this topic for all those planning their first trip to overseas ...... I know with all the experiences you folks have that this could be a very valuable thread ..........

 

After my arival to Cebu in April I am planning on writing a trip report of my experiences both good and bad ....... I suppose I could write about some of the bad right now but I am going to reserve that until I see if will turn out better than expected .....

 

So post on ladies and gentleman ....... lets read what you got .......

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Alan S

Dont drink too much, or any, alchohol. It dehydrates you and also has far more effect at the lowered air pressure at height.

 

Drink water or soft drinks, plus tea or, to a lesser extent, coffee.

 

 

I ignore the films which are usually rubbish. So, bring a good book or two and read the time away.

 

Walk around every couple of hours. Go to the CR, and take a long way round, or walk up and down a few times.

 

Try to get into the time zone that you will have upon arrival. Thus set your watch at Philippine time when you depart, and try to sleep and eat according to that. At least, as much as you can given the airlines timetable.

 

Sleep as much as possible.

 

If you get bored, DO NOT go outside for a walk. lol

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Bob Ward

Go business class and forgedaboudit! :D

 

Some of the choices would depend upon the airlines chosen. Some airlines have more modern in-flight entertainment and other amenities. Food varries and is usually mediocre at best.

 

Portable DVD player might be a good choice as you can always use it in the Phils as your playback unit for US movies that won't play on some of the machines here. Bring extra batteries!

 

If you want to sleep more easily, some Tylenol PM will come in handy and they don't have the hangover effect that some of the prescription stuff has.

 

Bring a good wrap around neck pillow. Not inflatable as the firmness will change with altitude. The ones with the buckwheat husks are the best. A lumbar pillow will be useful to some. The cheapies from the plane can double for this.

 

Books/Magazines for sure

 

House slippers or reasonable facimilie if your feet are prone to getting cold.

 

Maintenance medications!!!!!!!

 

If you already have a set of headphones from DVD/CD/MP3 player, get an airline adaptor so that you can use them on the plane's entertainment system, The ones they give you on the plane suck for a number of reasons.

 

Favorite snacks since the airlines have cut back on quantity and quality many times.

 

Toiletries less than 3.5 oz. like toothpaste and toothbrush, deodorantm, eye drops etc.

 

For me an alsle seat is a must in coach.

 

One can of beer and two pickled eggs so that if you get a bigmouth chatterbox next to you, then gass him/her to sleep! (Colateral dammage possible)

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hoz

I bring benadryl as a sleeping pill, two of those work for me. A week before your departure start staying up as late as possible each night. trying to move your biological clock forward a bit.

 

On the plane if you can't sleep get up and walk the aisles, at least once an hour. Go to a bulkhead area with lots of room and do "aircraft exercises". Work your neck, shoulders and arms. Do toe lifts, alternating between feet. Walk in place. Stretches, arms, back and legs. I have even seen some people performing abbreviated yoga poses!

 

I don't mind talking to people if they are interesting. And most everyone has a story to tell. But I let them initiate the conversation. Foreigners are always interested in other Foreigners.

 

Stay hydrated, drink as much as you can but no alcohol. We fly Cathay Pacific and they have sandwiches, noodles, soup and other snacks. All you have to do is ask.

 

No matter what you do that long 15 hr hop is a tough one. The last 5 hours I usually go thru a period where I feel like I'm going to bust. That's when I try to sleep. The neck pillow works great here.

 

Once you hit the Philippines count on feeling out of sorts for at least 2 days. Then you're good to go!

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smokey

Wear VERY loose cloths as close to Pajama as possible.. shoes .. slip on if possible .. easy to remove ,, If you have room your own pillow the ones they give you suck... Ask for a seat in the back away from all the talking and kids like in some planes 67K is a seat in the very back so you can recline your seat all the way all the time. You have no one behind you or to your right and there is a little more room for your head to lean over in a sleep mode..

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JollyJim

All good advice that I have done some of. Only thing I can think to add is I always use ear plugs

when I'm trying to sleep. The soft foam ones cut the noise in half, that with a nice tylenol buzz I slept

for almost 4 hours on the way back this last time. Thats a record for me.

 

Jim

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zazz

if you take the flight from new york to hong kong using cathay ..they have those new boieng aircraft .... the economy seats are more like business ..lots of room ..and they have all the latest movies on demand even for economy.... the hours will fly by.

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sam12six

I once had a job where I had to take cross-country flights twice a week. I developed a system that worked for me. The major issue I have is not being able to move around. It just drives me crazy.

 

My flights were always on monday and friday, so what I would was pretty much stay awake all weekend. This gave me more awake time to do all the chores and go out as much as I wanted. The 2nd and best thing was that I would get on the plane and as soon the seat belt light want off, I would lay the seat back and pass out. A few hours later, magically a woman would appear and shake my shoulder saying, "sir!! sir!! we're approaching DFW."

 

With the longer flight to the PI if you're coming from the US, this won't really work unless you're one of those people who can sleep for like 20 hours uninterrupted. This would obviously make the "system" less effective for most of us.

 

In general, one of the things I find crucial is departure time. If it's available, take the red-eye. A 10:00am departure time will find you stuck in lines forever. If your flight has a 2:00AM departure, usually you can walk straight to the baggage check girl without ever standing in line. This may not be such a big deal to most people, but I really hate standing in line. You can often avoid lines altogether by taking an unpopular departure time because the airport is almost deserted.

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Wear VERY loose cloths as close to Pajama as possible.. shoes .. slip on if possible .. easy to remove ,, If you have room your own pillow the ones they give you suck... Ask for a seat in the back away from all the talking and kids like in some planes 67K is a seat in the very back so you can recline your seat all the way all the time. You have no one behind you or to your right and there is a little more room for your head to lean over in a sleep mode..

Good idea about loose clothes especially a loose pair of pants, 1 size bigger because you're always sitting. I also like the idea of wearing a pair of loose slippers once the plane takes off. The last time I flew my sneakers got so tight maybe because being in the air for a long time or maybe it has to do with pressurized cabin.

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Alan S

Almost all of my flights are for business, and I always dress accordingly.

(Also, partly that is because I am comfortable in "formal" dress.)

 

So, a suit, or perhaps a blazer, and always wear a tie.

 

The result is that well over half the time I get upgraded.

 

Doesnt get you to your detination any quicker, but you certainly get a more comfortable seat.

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ThePhils

I find these long flights to be a pain in the

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Bob Ward
Almost all of my flights are for business, and I always dress accordingly.

(Also, partly that is because I am comfortable in "formal" dress.)

 

So, a suit, or perhaps a blazer, and always wear a tie.

 

The result is that well over half the time I get upgraded.

 

Doesnt get you to your detination any quicker, but you certainly get a more comfortable seat.

 

By my calculations, on the average jumbo jet at an average landing speed of 150 mph, the first class passengers will arrive just under 1 second earlier than those at the back of the plane. So you are there first! :D

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Lee
Almost all of my flights are for business, and I always dress accordingly.

(Also, partly that is because I am comfortable in "formal" dress.)

 

So, a suit, or perhaps a blazer, and always wear a tie.

 

The result is that well over half the time I get upgraded.

 

Doesnt get you to your detination any quicker, but you certainly get a more comfortable seat.

 

By my calculations, on the average jumbo jet at an average landing speed of 150 mph, the first class passengers will arrive just under 1 second earlier than those at the back of the plane. So you are there first! :D

 

 

:lol::D:thumbsup: I think the rear wheels touch down first, but the nose is sort of there first, so who gets there first, the people over the wheels or the people in first class? I am so confused. :blonde: and I am not even blonde. :D

 

Sorry Bob, just could not resist!

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Bob Ward
Almost all of my flights are for business, and I always dress accordingly.

(Also, partly that is because I am comfortable in "formal" dress.)

 

So, a suit, or perhaps a blazer, and always wear a tie.

 

The result is that well over half the time I get upgraded.

 

Doesnt get you to your detination any quicker, but you certainly get a more comfortable seat.

 

By my calculations, on the average jumbo jet at an average landing speed of 150 mph, the first class passengers will arrive just under 1 second earlier than those at the back of the plane. So you are there first! :D

 

 

:lol::D:thumbsup: I think the rear wheels touch down first, but the nose is sort of there first, so who gets there first, the people over the wheels or the people in first class? I am so confused. :blonde: and I am not even blonde. :D

 

Sorry Bob, just could not resist!

 

Spirited debate between inquiring minds is always welcome! I thought about the wheels issue, but the first class people actually enter the airspace first, so I went with that. :D

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Lee

:D:D:thumbsup: I think the rear wheels touch down first, but the nose is sort of there first, so who gets there first, the people over the wheels or the people in first class? I am so confused. :lol: and I am not even blonde. :D

 

Sorry Bob, just could not resist!

 

Spirited debate between inquiring minds is always welcome! I thought about the wheels issue, but the first class people actually enter the airspace first, so I went with that. :D

 

 

OK, you win!! :D:blonde:

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Bob Ward
I think the rear wheels touch down first,

 

In most successful landings, but there are exceptions! We better get on topic or the mods will eat us alive!

 

Regarding the Tylenol PM and the acetometaphine issue, I always get a headache and a buttache on 12-16 hour flights! LOL

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Lee

I also take Tylenol PM for the aches and pains and to help get some sleep on long flight and I also make sure to take larger doses of vitamin E than I normally take daily, both before and during the flight to make sure the blood keeps flowing.

 

I am told that it may also be a good idea to take aspirin before a flight for the same reason, but since I am allergic to aspirin, I have to rely on Vitamin E, and since I am not a doctor, everyone should consult their own doctors or make their own decisions before taking any medicines or vitamins. :D

 

Just my two centavos.

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Alan S
so who gets there first, the people over the wheels or the people in first class?

 

The people in first and business class usually get off first, and that is all that matters.

 

On some/most flights you also get full Silver Service with proper knives, not those nasty plastic things.

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I am too opinionated on the topic to answer properly, so I won't bother trying. I will be forward about it and give you all I've got. First, forget any of the over the counter sleep remedies and go for the Equate brand (at WalMart) Allergy Tablets. They say right on the front "diphenhydramine hydrochloride 25mg" and one or two of those will do you. They cost a fraction of anything else out there and do the same thing.

 

Drink, and drink, and drink. I can't emphasize enough how dry the air is and how damaging that is to nasal passages, lungs, and to your circulatory system. Yes, becoming dehydrated makes your heart work way too hard because your blood loses its viscosity and with every drop of water that the dry air sucks out of you the blood gets closer to jello. Why be so hard on your poor heart, especially if you are overweight to begin with (as I am)??? Salty snacks are also good in this case. Forget your blood pressure for once- it will be much harder on your body to be dehydrated than to eat some salt.

 

There is a growing body of evidence that suggests that the elevated levels of ozone in the cabin of a jetliner is responsible for all of the post-travel sicknesses, and NOT being in close proximity to so many germ-bearing people! Bring a small package of baby wipes with you- or whatever they are called- same same- wet naps. Regularly (every 90 minutes while you are awake) wipe your exposed skin. Cover your neck, arms, face, upper chest, hands and forearms. The ozone adheres to the oil in your skin and this will prevent any ill effects. Also, it will not hurt to get rid of the germs. Don't hesitate to offer to wipe down your neighbor's cleavage. It's a public health concern, after all.

 

Most people do not snoop in airliner bathrooms. I don't know why. There are often toothpaste and toothbrushes in there, and some airlines have mouthwash and other toiletries. It is in compartments somewhere in the latrine- dig around. The door is locked. What can they do to you? Take your time. Have you ever noticed how there is never a line at the john mid-flight? Go make yourself useful! Use those wetnaps on your crotch. Really. Take your shirt off and wash your pits with them. You will feel like a million bucks afterward- especially if you used the toothpaste and toothbrush that you found in one of the drawers. When I fly back to the states I don't hesitate to do this twice.

 

Make sure you use seatguru.com in order to get the best seat. Don't assume that you know all bulkhead seats are good. Some are terrible. Same with exit rows. Go to the site and do the research. Also, don't assume that you can't reserve your seat by phone! Many airlines will let you if you tell them you have a leg injury. Make it a tendon issue that can't be detected. I have a hard enough time in life lugging around an extra 70 pounds, no need to suffer with a bad seat for 15 hours.

 

I agree wholeheartedly with taking extra vitamins. If you work hard to hydrate (drink tons) you will piss some out too. So get some salt for an electrolyte, but be aware that you are losing vitamins in all that urine. Plenty of "C" is a good idea, or that plus a multi. Valium or Xanax is your call.

 

I also make it a point to do at least a 30-45 minute walk before and after the flight no matter what. Again, it's your call but there are a lot of circulation issues at stake and you don't want to exacerbate any pre-existing conditions or develop any new ones. Get that blood moving. Did we all say no alcohol? No alcohol! The plus-size gal from the other thread will give you a tour and sell you some reefer though once you get here. :D

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tom_shor

All good advice.

 

I always get an asile seat. makes it easier to get up and move around.

 

I also take some snacks with me in my carry on. I have sometimes found that the airline food is completly ineatable to me. 15 hours is a really long time if you can't eat at all.

 

Green tea is good for settling your stomach. Orange juice and water. I don't care for carbinated drinks or alcohol when I fly.

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Mike S

Wow you folks are out doing yourselves ... some excellent information .... and as promised I have pinned the information for all those bent on taking their first international flight ....... for those of us that have never done it ..it WILL make the trip a lot easier .........

 

I may have some information to add ........ I just got done ordering an assortment of interesting traveling items and will post some pictures here

 

 

 

first a ticket .. passport and personal ID holder ..... to make security checks easier

 

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next is a neat little devise that keeps your wallet secure

 

 

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and a washable non metallic security pouch to hide in your waist band

 

 

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official travel size liquid containers

 

 

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and lastly a couple of luggage tags made to be more visible (yea I know everyone will have them ...LOL)

 

 

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Sorry but that is all I can add for the moment ......... also plan on using the following which I already have ...... noise-cancelling earphones ...... inflatable pillow (against the advise of others) ..... eye mask and something to make me sleep .......

 

 

Keep'um coming your doing a great job THANKS

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Alan S

Someone mentioned the "freebies" one can find in the toilet compartment.

 

As soon as you can, get in there and do a raid.

 

Depending upon the airline, you can find all sorts of goodies.

Toothbrush and paste, mini soaps, deoderant, eye covers, ear plugs, even, sometimes, a nice little bag full of all those goodies and more.

 

The trouble is that there are so few of them. Perhaps a couple of dozen in a plane that seats 400.

 

THAT is why I said, "soon".

 

Fly often enough and you can build up quite a nice collection. lol

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Cebuned

I always go to the DR. before my flights and make sure my meds are all full and have enough for a 2 month stay, even if only going for a month.

 

Next, I ask him to slip me a few sleeping pills, to help with the long leg of my flights, just enough for there and back.....Flying from JFK is a real &^%$$&&*$#$

 

I enjoy the flight from East coast to West coast, but the leg from the West into either HK or Japan used to really suck, and I was never one to sleep easily on planes....Now I just knock myself out....LOL

 

Biggest suggestion I can make, make sure to have a set of hot weather clothes to get off the plane in......I'm always amazed at that first smack of hot air when leaving the airport..

 

My first trip, I left JFK in the snow, and had on a sports type warm-up suit on, when I arrived in Mactan, I almost dropped dead from the heat...LMAO.....

 

I"m sure I smelled nice and rip also.....Can you say American BALUT..... :D

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Cebuned
Someone mentioned the "freebies" one can find in the toilet compartment.

 

As soon as you can, get in there and do a raid.

 

Depending upon the airline, you can find all sorts of goodies.

Toothbrush and paste, mini soaps, deoderant, eye covers, ear plugs, even, sometimes, a nice little bag full of all those goodies and more.

 

The trouble is that there are so few of them. Perhaps a couple of dozen in a plane that seats 400.

 

THAT is why I said, "soon".

 

Fly often enough and you can build up quite a nice collection. lol

 

 

Alan, you forgot my favorite, those cozzy little socks......LMAO :D

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T.S.

Don't fly on Northwest is my advice. They really need to upgrade their planes.

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