How to keep busy on your flights, Long Haul & Short Haul!

How do you keep busy when you’re flying?

I love flying with a passion, but it can be hard to find things to do whilst you’re up in the air especially on long haul flights! Its so important to keep yourself calm and busy during your flights, it makes them that much more entertaining and enjoyable. Here’s a few ides of how you can keep yourself occupied!

Reading – Get yourself a good book and settle down for the ride ahead. I find with short haul flights its a perfect time killer for 2 hours (for example) to get proper stuck in to a good book to keep occupied. Even with long haul it does a good job to kill a period of time, and if you get bored you can always put it down and come back to it later on in the flight as well. Here are some good book recommendations;

  • The Wives – Tarryn Fisher
  • Recursion – Blake Crouch
  • This is going to hurt – Adam Kay
  • Finding Emma – Steena Holmes
  • Wayward Pines Series – Blake Crouch
  • Normal People – Sally Rooney
  • The Tattooist of Auchwitz – Heather Morris
  • The Secret Race: Inside the hidden world of the Tour De France: Doping, Cover-ups and winning at all costs – Tyler Hamilton
  • Two Brothers – Ben Elton
  • Less – Andrew Sean Greer
  • The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo – Taylor Jenkins Road
  • Wonder – R. J. Palacio
  • Turtles All the way Down – John Green

Watch a Movie or TV Show – Especially if they are offering on board entertainment. They usually have so many great options and its a perfect pastime when they have something you want to watch that you’ve never seen. Even watch multiple movies, I love a good movie binge. I also find that sometimes I can fall asleep to movies and I always struggle to sleep on planes so its a bonus.

Journal – Write in a journal! How you’re feeling, about your trip, anything you like! And if you have a bullet journal then its the perfect time to release your creativity and do some prepping for the next month/trip in your bullet journal. Especially if you don’t like flying, this is something that can make you feel calmer as well expressing how you are feeling on the flight.

Blog – I know there isn’t any wifi in the clouds (although there is on some flights, I had an hour of free wifi on the way to Sri Lanka which was pretty awesome) but you can plan some blog posts, write some in your drafts ready to post upon your landing. Even get some pins ready for pinterest, prep some instagram posts in your drafts ready to go when you land.

Listen to Music or a Podcast – Another great pastime to set back and enjoy your favourite music or a good podcast, here are some podcast recommendations if you ever need them;

  • My Dad wrote a Porno
  • The Receipts Podcast
  • Off Menu with Ed Gamble & James Acaster
  • Unexpected Fluids
  • Shagged, Married, Annoyed
  • 3ShotsofTequila
  • Happy Place by Ferne Cotton
  • Everyday Positivity
  • Crime Junkie
  • Call Her Daddy
  • Hip Hop saved my life with Romesh Ranganathan
  • The Daily Pep!

Play a game on your phone – Make sure to download the ones that don’t require Wifi to progress! I can sometimes get too hooked on mobile games and they’re great to pass the time on the plane. I personally love Sand Balls, I’ve had this app since New Years 2020 and I am level 500+ and absolutely obsessed.

Play some card games! – Everyone loves a bit of Go Fish, Snap, Shithead, the list of card games goes on because there are SO MANY that keep you occupied for ages.

Colouring Books! – Another great, colourful and time consuming creative outlet for your journey. I LOVE a good colouring book, especially when I know its something I can keep coming back to throughout the flight if I need a break.

Take a self care kit with you. – This is SO important. Being up in the air for a long period of time really dries out your skin so take a mini self care kit! Some flights have the pleasure of giving you your own self care kit but to be on the safe side pack a little bag with moisturiser, some lip balm, maybe even some deodorant to feel fresher when you land and some baby/face/refreshing wipes as well. There is nothing worse than coming off a flight and feeling grotty and unkempt, so its a nice little ritual to have.

Learn a language – Duolingo doesn’t require any wifi as they have an offline mode so you can revise and work through your module and learn all before you arrive in the country you’re going too! Maybe even take a languages workbook with you so you have something to physically fill out and not relying on your phone applications to learn.

Sleep – One of the most important things needed to function, but like myself, not everyone can sleep on planes! Bring a facemark or use the ones they offer to you, try and get as cosy as you can and just pass out for however many hours you can on your flight. Remember to set your alarm or let the air hostess know if you don’t want to miss a meal!

What do you do to keep busy during flights? Any and all recommendations welcome!

The Global Quarantine Diaries – Jess

1. Where in the world are you located? 

I live in Barnsley in South Yorkshire, England. A nice northern town well known for our accents! Not the most exciting place to be for lockdown though. 

2. What is lockdown regulations like there? 

In England at the start of lockdown it was a strict ‘stay home, protect the NHS, save lives’ and don’t meet anyone outside your house which was hard but now it has been eased to stay alert, control the virus, save lives’. As you are probably reading this we have eased lockdown further with more shops reopening now such as Primark, Matalan and other non-essential shops. We are hopefully coming out of the worse of the virus but I am praying that there isn’t a second spike. 

3. How are you keeping busy? 

I have been baking like mad since been off work! Its relaxing and helps me also to pass the time as it feels like forever since we were allowed to leave the house! This is one of my best creations; 

I have also been going for lots of walks, I am very lucky to live near some woods and have been doing my daily exercise in there! It has been nice to have the chance to get out the house and see some beautiful scenery! I have also been looking after my sisters lovely German Shepard dog Arrow who is such a softie. We only started looking after him when the message changed, and we were allowed to do so but having a dog around definitely helped pass the time! 

I have also been playing a few games on my xbox and recently got the old classic game Spyro! Which is such a fab game. But really I have been doing anything to pass the time as boredom has hit me hard! 

4. What do you miss doing the most? 

I miss being freely able to see my friends at the pub or meeting up in a new city for a catch up. 2 of my best friends live down South and it’s a long drive so due to the restrictions I have being unable to meet them! We also had a catch up Pub Golf for one of my uni friends’ birthday where we were gonna meet up in Lincoln for a bev and chin wag but this got cancelled 

I also miss work sadly enough or just having the opportunity to leave the house and do something as I now realise, I need to keep occupied or I lose my mind! 

5. What is the first thing you are going to do once lockdown is over? 

Once lockdown is completely lifted, I am going to go to the pub! I did not miss the pub as much until we were not able to go but I need a nice cold pint in spoons! Hopefully, we will still get a good summer and be able to use beer gardens more! 

I also would love to drive down to see my 2 best friends down South but lockdown will have to be fully eased so I am able to stay over as it’s a long day to drive there and back! But definitely something I am looking forward to a lot!!

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