Do you have a flight that will last longer than 10 hours? Even red eye flights aren’t as universally loathed by many as long haul flights, but they are often unavoidable if you need to go overseas on business. While you can usually sleep your way through a red eye, a long haul may be long enough that you need to be a little productive.
Prepare Yourself in Advance
If you’re going on a long haul flight it is very likely that there won’t be any WiFi access; most long haul flights are going over the ocean, after all. You’ll need to be able to work without connectivity, so make sure that all of the files you need to work on and all the programs you need to access work well offline. The last thing you need to do is fine yourself on a flight with nothing to do.
Make Sure You’ve Got Your Tools
It’s very rare that a laptop is going to last you a full 16 hour international flight; even a tablet or iPad isn’t going to last that long. Moreover, you’re probably not going to carry three laptop batteries in your pack. Make sure that you have options. Carrying a laptop, a tablet and a smartphone with you may seem like overkill, but it means that you can continue to work when each slowly dies (and they will die).
Don’t Push It Too Far
If you start feeling restless, fatigued or stressed, get up and walk about the plane. The flight attendants are used to it on long haul flights — in fact, it would be harmful not to. Don’t try to focus too much on your work. You’re already locked in a metal cylinder that’s 25,000 feet in the air; trying to force yourself to work is a surefire way to give yourself claustrophobia. Take music, games and other relaxation methods with you to ensure that you can relax when you need a break.Tags: Executive travel