So, you’ve selected your destinations, booked your tickets, and packed your bags for your first trip post the pandemic. However, in excitement, you’ve booked a long-haul flight and don’t know how to sort your in-flight entertainment? We’ve got you covered! By Anushka Goel
If you’re a frequent flyer or a traveller, you know that while the thrill of visiting a new destination is exciting, selecting a place that is far from home, especially by plane, can be a nightmare to reach. Here, we have taken care of in-flight entertainment beforehand.
In-flight entertainment options for your next long haul flight
Carry a book
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One of the best ways to entertain yourself on a long-haul flight is to read a book. Whether it be a short read or an engrossing novel that can take you hours to read, books are among the best companies when you travel, calming you and preparing you for the trip that lays ahead! And if you don’t want to carry a paperback with you, pack your Kindle, or download the Kindle app, to explore thousands of free and paid e-books to read.
Get some work done
Most of us end up carrying our laptops on trips, in the hopes of catching up on movies or video calling with our loved ones over a screen bigger than our phones. So, put that bulky object to some good use and get some work done on your flight. If you’re a writer, it’s a great way to submit stories for that last-minute deadline, or you can simply schedule some mails which will get sent once you have access to WiFi again. And any work that doesn’t require the Internet can be done over flights – it’s a win-win for you!
Take a nap
Yes, sleeping on a plane can be a nightmare for some, especially if you do not know how to make the best use of your time and surroundings. Select a seat you know will be away from any kicking and screaming babies, and catch up on some sleep – it’ll help you pass some time while giving you that much-needed rest.
Catch up on some long movies or series
In-flight entertainment in the form of the little screen monitors that most international planes have is a great way to watch some movies or start a new show. However, we also recommend downloading your preferred shows and movies on your device – laptop, tab or phone – just in case your long-haul flight’s entertainment system isn’t working and you’re stuck with nothing to do.
Watch a documentary or listen to a podcast
There’s no better time to watch a documentary than when on a long-haul flight, as these improve your knowledge while providing you with entertainment. Or, you can also listen to a podcast on your favourite streaming services! Choose a topic that interests you – be it finance, entertainment or environment – and indulge in hours of fun as you listen to (or watch) these stories while building up the information that’s there in your brain!
Play cards (or an online game)
If you’re travelling alone, playing games such as Solitaire Candy Crush (yes, we know it’s old now!) is a great way to pass some hours. If not, you could always play offline card games such as Solitaire and rummy (if you’re travelling with friends). Or you could even spend time-solving crosswords and Sudoku puzzles!
Get some studying done
If you’re a student or someone who is taking exams through distant learning, a long-haul flight is a great way to catch up on your studying. While not the best form of ‘entertainment’, it surely gets the work done, since you have little to no distractions, and can focus on the task at hand.
Write a letter or a blog
Flights are the perfect way to get some creative writing done. So, if you’ve been meaning to write a blog post or a letter to your loved ones, which requires your undivided time and attention, a flight may be the best place to go about doing so. Have your notes ready and type away (or write away) when you have the chance, and you’ll not even know where a couple of hours went!
Knit, crochet or make something with your hands
Yes, we know that carrying a potters wheel or a loom on a plane isn’t feasible, but hobbies such as knitting, crocheting and origami are something that can be easily done on a long-haul flight. Apart from adding to the list of things you can bring on the plane for your entertainment, these are creative ways to use your time and help you create something new.
Do some colouring
Off-late, colouring mandalas and intricate drawings have been among the many ways I calm my mind and put it to focus, and when we’re travelling, the excitement and the energy can give us the jitters. A great way to calm those down is by investing in a colouring book – the travel-sized ones – along with a small box of coloured pencils or crayons to help you get through the travel. Colour away your stress, and maybe, you’ll soon find your co-passengers joining you in your book or simply through doodles on a paper!