Surviving Long Flights: 10 tips to ease the discomfort

Drink lots of water and avoid alcohol and caffeine. Eight ounces -- a standard glass -- of water an hour is recommended. Not only with this keep you hydrated, it will force you to get up and use the bathroom, thus getting you up and stretching your muscles. Carry your own water bottle aboard and ask the flight attendant to fill it often. Keep it close at hand, in the seat pocket in front of you.

Use an eye shield. This will keep out the light and help you fall asleep more easily and sleep more soundly. Break it in by sleeping with it once at home prior to your trip. Adjust it so that it fits snuggly over your eyes to block out most of the light, but not too tight causing you to perspire. A bad fit may give you a headache and will flatten your hair!

Pack soft earplugs to mute airplane noise, the wailing of a baby or the rock music seeping from your neighbor's Walkman. The pellet-shaped foam earplugs will do the trick, but the most effective are the soft silicone (or wax) variety that conform to the contours of your ear.

Dress in layers. The temperature during the flight can range from stiflingly hot before takeoff to an arctic chill once the air is turned on.

Bring cloth slippers or socks in a carry-on bag. Wear them to keep your toes warm and to let your feet breathe.

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