Our Mini Family: Long Flight? Here are 7 Ways to Pass the Time


Jun 20, 2016

Long Flight? Here are 7 Ways to Pass the Time

Need to pass the time for an upcoming flight? Check out some of these tips!


I remember the first time I flew on a plane--I was sixteen and headed on a school band trip from Boston down to Disney World. It felt like the longest few hours of my life. Then a few years later I found myself flying back and forth between Phoenix and Boston frequently to come home from university to visit family. After numerous trips I started to figure out what worked (and what did not work for me) when I needed to pass the time on a flight. 


Read a book

Reading on a plane is one of the most common ways to kill time on a plane. I have a few friends who cannot read on a plane, though, because they feel carsick when they read while they are moving. If that is the case for you there is no need to worry--there are plenty of other ways to pass the time!

Watch a Movie/TV

Some planes come equipped with television screens built right into the back of the seats, but if this is not the case you can download some free apps onto a smartphone, tablet, or computer to store hours and hours of shows and movies to catch up on! 

Buy the Wi-Fi

If you're lucky, you will end up on a plane that offers wi-fi for purchase! If that is the case for you, you can spend time catching up on whatever you want on any of your electronic devices (or if you are like me, you can scroll endlessly on Instagram and catch up on all of those forgotten Words with Friends games you started but never got around to finishing). 



Complete a Puzzle or Coloring Book

More often than not, I make sure to pack some sort of puzzle or coloring book in my carry-on bag before my flight. I will admit that the coloring book will attract some attention, so if you're not the kind of person who wants to make friends with your neighbors on the plane I might not recommend you bring a gigantic coloring book. Funny story--I made friends with an older gentleman once on a flight from Phoenix to Seattle and we spent hours coloring in my Lisa Frank coloring book together!

Meditate or Listen to Music

Okay, this one might sound kind of weird (and it's not for everyone), but a pair of noise-cancelling headphones and some ambiance music can transport your mind to a peaceful place. I like to have some of my favorite music on my iPhone before I fly since it gives me some piece of mind that I can listen to it and calm down in case of some bad turbulence. 

Catch up on Work

If I know I have a long flight coming up, I like to save tasks that I can complete on my flight without  access to the Internet (e.g. editing photos, writing up a blog post, brainstorming, graphic design, etc). 

Sleep

If you are one of those gifted humans who can actually sleep on a plane--you should do it!! Never have I ever been able to sleep on a plane and it's always bugged me why, but if you are physically able to catch some Z's while traveling you 100% should!


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22 comments :

  1. I'd sleep - except the seats are just SOOOOO uncomfortable. I'll pass out for 2 seconds, then my head will get cocked in a weird position so I wake up! lol

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    1. I know! The seats can be pretty terrible--especially for a really long flight!

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  2. My son uses long flights to sleep. We also love to play card games to see who can win.

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  3. I like to watch movies, but sometimes that gets boring. Now I use my iPad! I can catch up on work, prep blog posts, plan my schedule etc. I can't imagine not flying with my iPad now!

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    1. Agree--movies can get boring after a while for sure! I like to diversify what I'm doing to pass the time. And I agree with you on always having the iPad!

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  4. I am always so tempted to buy the wifi, but I always tell myself that the flight isn't really that long. Sometimes I wish I would have just bought it!

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    1. It's money well-spent if you ask me!

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  5. I like the idea of catching up on work as that is often what I do when I travel to and from work. It helps pass the time!

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  6. I'll be flying again soon too Peru for a mission trip, and never seem to have enough to do. I usually remember the moment before we get on the plane to download a Mahjong game to my phone. lol I usually sleep though because I take meds since I'm freaked out to fly.

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    1. I've found it really helpful to use packing apps and set timers for 72 hrs and 48 hrs before my trip--this helps me remember to pack what I need in my carry on, as well as download new movies or games on my iPad! http://www.ourminifamily.com/2016/06/download-these-apps-to-help-you-pack.html Not sure if these apps may be helpful for you or not but wanted to share! :)

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  7. I always end up falling asleep because I am super bored. I hate staying still that long (Being in a car that long doesn't bother me and I can stay up like 16 hours), but in a plane I fall asleep fairly easy. It must be the loud humming noise lol. Sometimes on long flights where they have the TVs in front of you, I play in-flight trivia. Even after one or two rounds (20 questions each), I will get bored again.

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    1. Agreed--staying still that long does a number of my body, too! I will have to look out for in-flight trivia though! I love trivia :D

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  8. Great ideas! Sleeping is what I usually do on flights because I've usually been up the entire night before packing at the last minute. Lol.

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    1. Ha! That's funny! Good for you--that is awesome you can sleep!

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  9. When I know I have a long flight, I purposely leave some of my work for then.... Also, if my flight is longer than 3 hours, I typically buy the WiFi. However, on Southwest most recently, the WiFi was garbage and didn't even really work at all. Sure, it was $2 (I only paid for text messages and Apps) but still... Never asked for a refund, but again, it was JUST $2! haha

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    1. That sounds like a huge bummer! Sorry it did not work out for you!

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  10. These are great tips!!!! I'm all about trying to sleep, but since that usually doesn't happen thank god for wifi!

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    1. Agreed! 🙌 Wifi is life-saver on a long flight!

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  11. If you can believe it I have never flown anywhere. Even in this day and age, I have always driven to my destinations that I needed to go to. These are great ideas and tips for if I ever do end up on a plane.

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    1. I hope you can get a chance to fly somewhere some day--it really is quite an experience!

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