How to Keep Yourself Entertained During a Long-Haul Flight

There is finally light at the end of the pandemic tunnel, and that means long haul travel is back on the cards. If you’re planning to hop on a flight and travel to far-flung, exotic destinations, then this article is for you. Long haul flights might be taking you to somewhere special, but there’s no denying that spending hours on a flight can be tiresome. We’re here to help you wile away the flying time with a few ideas on how to keep yourself entertained.

Play Games

Playing games is a great way to keep your mind occupied during long haul travel. We recommend downloading a few of your favorite games onto your mobile or tablet. Once you’re in the air, you can turn your device back on and start playing. If you’re up for taking a few risks, you can hit up one of the fast payout casino sites at Many of these have apps that you can download, which makes in-flight access much easier. Playing poker is a great option, because it’s a game of skill, which means that you need to focus on the game at hand. Your focus on the game will help take your mind off the fact that you’re stuck on a plane for ten hours. You’d be amazed at how easy it is to play card games for hours at a time. And when you get tired, you can turn to slot games for some easy rounds on the reels.

Engage Your Fellow Traveller

If gambling is not your jam, then there are plenty of other games that will help keep you engaged. Chess is a great game to play when you’ve got time on your hands, because the game requires concentration, patience, and strategic planning. If you’ve got a chess game loaded onto your device, you can play against an A.I. opponent. You can also find travel-sized chess boards, or backgammon boards, that you can set up on your tray table and play with your travel buddy. Having a pack of cards in your bag is also a great idea when you’re travelling. Card games are a great way to break the ice with the stranger sitting next to you, so if you’re traveling alone, you can turn to your seat neighbor and suggest a game of Gin Rummy or blackjack.

Zone Out with a Movie

The great thing about long haul flights is the in-flight entertainment center. You’ll find a surprisingly good selection of movies on the screen in front of you, so why not plug in your headphones and get lost in a good story? It’s actually possible to spend the entire flight watching back-to-back movies, but if you do that, you might end up feeling brain-drained by the time you arrive at your destination. We suggest mixing up your time between watching movies, playing games, and getting in a snooze. Be sure to take a travel pillow on board with you, and if possible, take your own eye-mask with you and sprinkle it with a few drops of lavender oil because it will help you fall asleep.

Start Knitting

Another great option for passing the time on a long-haul flight is knitting. Knitting is a relaxing pastime that many people take up for its meditative qualities. Your mind will focus on the task at hand without having to think to hard about what it is you’re doing. The repetitive nature of knitting makes it easy to get into a pleasing rhythm, and your mind will begin to relax and release any negative thoughts that might be making you feel tense. If you’re not a happy flyer, this could be a great option for helping you to stay calm during your flight. If knitting doesn’t appeal, you can get the same result from drawing, for example, or writing a journal, or even just getting stuck into a really good book.

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