The ultimate guide to surviving a long haul flight

Don’t get drunk

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“The perfect flight does not exist” apparently. But a new definitive guide from travel experts Hotel Club has perfected a formula for making your long haul flight as comfy and tolerable as possible.

The company behind the guide said: “Spending 15 hours sardined in a large metal tube with bad food, minimal space and insomniac babies isn’t conducive to creating a breezy travel scenario. But take a handful of forward-thinking and precautionary measures before and during the flight, and you’ll avoid an endless stream of travel headaches throughout your air-bound journey.”

The advice is based on the world’s current longest flight – Qantas’ service between Sydney and Dallas – which covers 8,578 miles in just under 17 hours.

The guide suggests breaking up the seemingly endless hours spent trapped in a tiny metal box in the sky by changing into PJ’s, having a wander in the aisles halfway through and avoiding getting drunk. Apparently “a plane hangover is infinitely more brutal than one experienced on land”.

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Or, you could just try to blag an upgrade.