9 Things to Do on a Long Haul Flight Plane Flight to Cure Boredom


Traveling is a passion of mine. Being stuck on an airplane is a major part of my travels. Most of my destinations require travel time of 15+ hours. My trip to Tanzania took 35 hours. People are constantly asking me how I deal with boredom on long-haul flights, especially when it is almost impossible to sleep.

One reason people avoid traveling is the thought of spending more than ten hours on a plane. However, I found that the time passes more quickly if you plan properly and prepare your flight time as you would your travel itinerary. My inflight schedule could look like this:

  • 11:15 Play five games of Candy Crush
  • 12:45 Mealtime
  • 12.45 Watch a Movie.
  • 3:00 Write the First Draft of Tokyo Story

I spend most of my time sleeping. It took me some time to learn how to sleep on an airplane. It’s important to have a variety of activities to keep you busy during your awake hours so boredom doesn’t set in. These ideas can make long-haul flights more enjoyable.

1. Make sure you clean your phone

It’s a great time to make sure your phone is working properly and also free up memory. Here are some ways you can do it.

  • You can create categories for your apps, such as camera, travel, and health, and then put similar apps into a folder.
  • You should delete any apps you don’t use.
  • Clean up your contact list.
  • Take a look at your photos and delete those embarrassing selfies.
  • Clean your case

2. Watch the New TV Series You Binge Watch

Watch your favourite movie!

3. How to Organize Your Under-seat Carryon

My carryon usually looks a mess by the time I return from a trip. It is a collection of shopping receipts and boarding passes as well as foreign coins and old peanut bags. It’s a great time to look through your bag on the return flight, sorting out the junk from the keepables, and organizing any papers or technology. For easy organization, it’s a good idea to keep your stuff in multiple zippered pouches — I use Ebags Padded Pouches or GoToBag clear Pouches.

4. Play Phone Games

It’s not difficult for me to spend an hour playing games on my smartphone, but I will admit it. Finding the right game is key. Candy Crush Soda Saga is my absolute favorite (level 672 baby!) Cooking Fever is where I can be a restaurateur even though I’m on the plane. There are many other options.

Tips: Download games from your cell phone or Wi-Fi while you plan ahead. If you’re on a winning streak you might want to take a backup charger in case the plane doesn’t have an outlet.

Are you not bringing any technology? Look at the back of the airline magazine and you will find a crossword puzzle, or sudoko game.

5. Read the News

You can still read your favorite blogs and news sites even though you are on an inflight flight. You can still access them offline, though there are several ways. You can open articles using the Safari browser or Chrome browser on your iPhone.

You can also read articles in the air by opening several tabs of your internet browser before you board. Although you won’t be able access any links, you will still be able see all the pages on each tab. This method is very useful, especially when writing articles.

6. Answer emails offline

Did you know you can respond to emails even if you’re not connected to the internet at all? Yep. You can download Gmail Offline from your Google Chrome Browser if you already have a Gmail Account. Each pending email can be read and responded to by you. They won’t reach the recipient right away, but they will be sent automatically when you reconnect to wifi.

7. Read a book

Obvious, right? Yet, many people forget to pack their book or their kindle before they leave for their adventure. They are then either forced to read inflight magazines, or pay outrageous prices at the terminal shop for their reading material.

Tip: Do you like to flip through a book’s pages? You can usually find a paperback at your local thrift shop for less than a dollar.

Check out the most popular free online books. Buy my book. Bucket List Adventures: 10 Amazing Journeys to Enjoy Before You Die. Read more about cheap Kindle reads

8. Enjoy Inflight Entertainment

Lucky you if you have your seat monitor! Movies, music, games, oh my! The personal TVs are usually only available on longer flights and newer aircrafts. However, even if your overhead screen is shared, be sure to keep an eye out for the attendants when the movie starts. You won’t want them to skip the beginning of the movie, so they’ll only play it one time.

You should bring headphones with you, as they may not be available on the plane. I’ll bring my Beats On-Ear headphones for longer flights. For shorter trips, my Thinksound earbuds are sufficient.

9. Make sure to add something to your bucket list

Last but not least, try to tick something off your bucketlist while on long-haul flights. What can you do while on a long haul flight?

  • Write a Haiku (for help, read this article: How To Write Haiku ).
  • Crossword Puzzle solved
  • Send a handwritten letter to someone
  • Start a gratitude journal (see this article: Being grateful: 100 things to be thankful for today)
  • Make an Origami Crane. (Refer to this article: How To Make an Origami Paper Crane: Instructions For Beginners)
  • Send a letter to your future self
  • Meditate
  • Check out my bucket list for more ideas!

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