When it comes to how to prepare for your red-eye flight—whether it’s surviving the hours or getting some shut-eye or adjusting to a new schedule—there are a few simple hacks you should know ahead of time. Here, we asked the experts for the best things to do on your next red-eye.
Get the Right Seat
A window seat is key. Rows in the back will be less populated than those up front. Seatguru.com can tell you what seats to avoid—non-recliners and rows that get cold.
Pack an eye mask, a travel pillow, and earplugs or noise-canceling headphones. Planes get cold, so bring an extra layer and a pair of wool socks to keep your feet warm and stink-free.
Hack Your Body Clock
If you’ll be crossing multiple time zones, go to jetlagrooster.com. Enter your flight data and you get a sleep schedule to help you begin acclimating to the new time zone days before you leave.
While dropping your bags at the hotel is a good idea, a nap is not. To adjust to the new time zone, seek out natural light, then power through the day—until the locals go to bed.
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