We’re all for adventures Down Under, explorations throughout Asia, and alluring sailings in Tahiti — but you can’t get to your next destination without planning for the flight to your embarkation port. Preparing for an extended trip may seem like the start of a tough ordeal, but we’re here to make sure that you begin your vacation rested and relaxed. Read on for 6 tips to plan a long flight and you’ll start your next voyage ready to explore!

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1. Book your flights early. The earlier you book your air travel, the better your seat options will be – and we all know what a difference the location of your seat can make on a long-haul flight.

2. Upgrade or use air miles. When you’re flying across the globe, frequent flier miles are your best friend. It’s well worth the extra dollars for business class if you don’t have the miles to get you there.

3. Prep for jet lag. It seems unavoidable, but there are a few things you can do to lessen the effects. In the days leading up to your flight, gradually adjust your sleeping pattern to match that of your destination time zone. It’s also important to be well rested before you fly – napping on a plane is not equivalent to a good night’s rest.

4. Bring the right travel gear. A neck pillow, noise cancellation headphones, a sleep mask, personal entertainment and lumbar support (think small pillow, blanket or an extra sweater) top the lists of frequent fliers. Anything that can help create a mini-sanctuary for you in the sky should make the cut.

5. Pack healthy snacks. This means you’ll have more control over what you’re eating and your stomach will be happier. Aim for protein-rich snacks like almonds, peanut butter and crackers, cheese or yogurt. Experts say it’s best to eat a bit less than normal on planes since it’s more difficult to digest food while in the air.

6. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Since the air is quite dry on planes, drinking a sufficient amount of water becomes paramount. Resist the temptation to cut back so you don’t have to get up to use the restroom as much. Not only does it fend off germs, aid circulation, and keep your body and skin hydrated, it also prevents your muscles from becoming stiff or cramping up. Keep caffeine and alcohol intake to a minimum, and be sure to pack a water bottle, lip moisturizer, and lotion.

What tips help make your long-haul flights a breeze? Share them with us!