How to face a long flight to Bali. Sunset view from the plane.

7 Tips On How To Face A Long Flight To Bali

Booking your trip to Bali is the start of an exciting adventure, but the long flight can be a daunting part of your journey. Over the years of endless long-haul flights, I’ve now nailed the best technique that pushes me through every time. In this blog post, I will tell you my top tips on how to face a long flight to Bali with ease and comfort. Yes, I said comfort!

If that sounds good, keep reading 🙂 

Tip #1: Break Up Your Flight into Manageable Blocks

How to face a long flight to Bali. Plane in the clouds.

One of the best strategies for tackling a long flight is to divide your time into different blocks. Then, assign yourself an activity for each one. I’ll give you an example. Say your flight is 12 hours, I would split the time in 6 blocks of 2 hours. Once per block I’ll give myself 2 tasks: trip to the toilet and refill my tiny water bottle. This means I’ll go to the toilet 6 times. Then I would do as follows:

  • Block 1: I would write blog posts + toilet and refill the water bottle
  • Block 2: Read a book + toilet and refill the water bottle
  • Block 3: Eat and skincare routine before sleeping + toilet and refill the water bottle
  • Block 4: Sleep (close my eyes with relaxing music if I can’t) + toilet and refill water bottle
  • Block 5: Sleep (close my eyes with relaxing music if I can’t) + toilet and refill water bottle (if awake)
  • Block 6: Eat and morning skincare routine + toilet and refill water bottle

These blocks are flexible based on how the flight would operate but standing up as much as you can is a must – unless you want to reach Bali with your ankles looking like hot air balloons! 

Are you looking for ideas for things to do? 

Among my friend group, I’m known for going through long flights without even touching the screen in front of me! So, if you’re looking for things to do and slide into your time slots, check out this list below: 

  • Clear out your phone from all the images and data you don’t need so that you have more room for pictures in Bali and additional apps you will need to download (check out this blog post to find out the best apps to download for female solo travellers).
  • Write your journal and diary: treat this flight as a break from your life and reflect on what you want from this trip and why. This will help you pick the activities during your time in Bali. The (why) will always keep you grounded and give you direction
  • Read or listen to podcasts. Make sure to download them before boarding. You should try listening to my podcast, Lite with Silvia, if you feel guided too! I talk about everything related to self-care, travelling and minimalism.
  • Do some work (if you have a business or any personal projects) offline. Make sure the documents are set to “offline” before boarding
  • Put a nice face mask on (I would use the sheet masks) or do your skincare routine in the bathroom
  • You can do cross-stitching on the plane! I saw someone doing it on my last flight from China and it blew my mind!
  • Do a hydration round: This would include applying eye drops, lip balm and moisturising your face/ hands. 
  • Ask for hot water and get your favourite tea from your bag (remember to pack this). So you can have your go-to relaxing herbal tea on the plane. They normally serve black tea only!
  • Walk as much as you can even if you don’t need to go to the toilet! If you don’t like wearing your shoes, bring some slippers. For example, those thin ones they normally give you in hotels for free.
  • Even if you can’t sleep you should close your eyes and use an eye-mask so your mind can rest. 
  • Bring your cards and play solitaire

Should you watch a film on the flight? 

This might be different for you but if on a scale from 1 to 10 I’m tired 3, after watching a film I would be reaching 8 or 9. This makes the entire experience a lot worse because it would suck up my last energies! If you don’t get tired by watching a film, be my guest but if you are like me, try to avoid it. However, if you run out of things to do on your last time block, that’s when you can watch a film. 

Tip #2: Sleep Smarter with Timeshifter

Cushions on the plane to try to make the seats comfortable.

Jet lag can be a real challenge when travelling across multiple time zones, but technology is here to help. The Timeshifter app is designed to help you adjust your sleep cycle in advance based on the timezone of your destination. By understanding the best times to sleep and stay awake, you can arrive in Bali feeling more in sync with local time.

Tip #3: Go on a Seat Hunt

Once onboard, and especially after takeoff, keep an eye out for empty rows or seats. Having extra space can significantly enhance your comfort during the flight. Don’t hesitate to ask a flight attendant if it’s possible to move once the seatbelt sign is turned off and it’s safe to do so. Finding 3 or 4 seats empty is literally like winning the lottery because you can just lay there entirely and have the best sleep ever!

Tip #4: Pamper Yourself with an In-flight Skincare Routine

The dry, recirculated air on planes can take a toll on your skin, making a skincare routine vital. Take a mini spa break in the bathroom by cleansing your face, applying a hydrating mask, and moisturizing. Not only will this help you look and feel refreshed upon landing, but it’s also a great way to pass the time. Additionally, I think it’s a great way to tell your mind you will need to sleep after the night routine or wake up after the morning one. So I try to keep my skincare routine as much as I can during long flights because I know it would help mentally as well!

Tip #5: Stay Hydrated

Hydration is key on long flights to keep your body feeling good. Refill your water bottle regularly throughout the flight. Staying hydrated helps combat jet lag and keeps your skin from drying out.

Tip #6: Move Your Body with In-flight Pilates

How to face a long flight to Bali. View from the window of the plane.

Lately, I’ve been lucky enough to find a bigger bathroom, which has extra room for the lavatory. This bathroom is perfect to get some pilates moves in! I would just stick with legs and arms exercises but I’ll give you some tips on movements to try by your seat or standing up! If you already have an online Pilates subscription, you can try a few exercises in the bathroom (not for too long obviously). I use MWH classes and only spend 5 minutes doing a few moves if I know there is no queue outside. These movements make a lot of difference on a long flight!

Here are a few Pilates movements suited for your flight to Bali:

  • Ankle Circles: Lift your feet off the ground and rotate your ankles in circles. Do 10 circles in each direction for each foot. This helps with circulation in your lower legs.
  • Neck Stretch: Sit tall in your seat. Gently tilt your head towards one shoulder, stretching the side of your neck. Hold for 15-20 seconds then switch sides.
  • Seated Spine Twist: Sit upright and place your hand on the opposite knee. Gently twist your torso while looking over your shoulder. Hold for 10-15 seconds then switch sides. This will help loosen your spine and alleviate back discomfort.
  • Leg Lifts: Keep your legs straight and lift them up slightly off the ground, engaging your core. Hold for a few seconds, then lower. Repeat 10-15 times to encourage circulation and engage your lower abdomen.

Tip #7: Choose the Aisle Seat!

When it comes to selecting a seat for your flight to Bali, your choice between a window and an aisle seat can significantly impact your travel experience. If your flight to Bali is a super long one, I would highly recommend choosing the aisle seat. This means you are free to stand up any time you want – which is key for your blood circulation. I would keep the window seat for short flights.

Here are some considerations to help you make the best decision:

Window Seat PROs: Choosing a window seat offers you a personal view of the sky and terrain below, which can be particularly breathtaking during takeoff, landing, and when flying over scenic areas. It also provides a wall to lean on for more comfortable sleeping and a bit more control over the window shade.

Window Seat CONs: Opting for a window seat means having to climb over others to get out of your seat, which might not be ideal for those who need frequent bathroom breaks or like to stretch their legs often.

Aisle Seat PROs: The aisle seat offers easier access to the cabin, allowing you to stretch your legs, visit the bathroom, or access your overhead bag without disturbing your seatmates. It’s a practical choice for those who prioritize mobility and convenience overviews.

Aisle Seat CONs: Aisle seats expose you to occasional bumps from passing passengers and crew, and you may find yourself having to move for your window or middle-seated neighbours. Additionally, you have less control over the window shade, which might affect your ability to rest if it’s too bright.

Ultimately, your seat selection should align with your personal preferences and priorities, such as comfort, convenience, or sightseeing opportunities. Consider what matters most to you on your flight to Bali to make the best choice.

Will There be WiFi on the Plane?

How to face a long flight to Bali. Sunset view from the plane.

Modern air travel often includes the perk of onboard WiFi, allowing passengers to stay connected even at 35,000 feet. This feature can be a game-changer for those needing to stay productive during flights. Offering the opportunity to send emails, work on documents, or even attend virtual meetings. For leisure travellers, it opens up the possibility to stream movies, stay updated on social media, or chat with friends and family.

However, it’s crucial to consider a few points:

  • Availability and Cost: While many airlines provide WiFi, its availability can vary based on the aircraft and flight path. Additionally, fees for WiFi access differ among carriers, with options ranging from hourly rates to full-flight packages. It also depends on the class booked. For example, in most cases, wifi in business class would be available at no extra charge.
  • Speed and Restrictions: The speed of in-flight WiFi may not match what you’re used to on the ground, and some airlines restrict access to certain services or websites to conserve bandwidth.
  • Battery Life: Using WiFi can drain your device’s battery faster, so it’s wise to have a charging plan, such as carrying a portable battery pack or using seats equipped with power outlets.

Deciding to use in-flight WiFi depends on your need for connectivity versus the opportunity to disconnect, relax, and enjoy your time in the sky. For those times when WiFi may not be available or you choose to save on costs, preparing offline documents is an excellent alternative. Before your flight, consider downloading or saving essential files to your device. This preparation allows you to continue working on projects, read articles, or view presentations without the need for an internet connection. Many apps and software programs offer an offline mode, enabling you to preload content or work in a non-connected environment. Furthermore, investing time in organizing your files and ensuring that all necessary documents are easily accessible can make your flight more productive and enjoyable, turning potential downtime into a productive session.

Bonus Tips!

  • Pack Snacks: Bringing your own healthy snacks can help you avoid relying solely on aeroplane food. Nuts, fruit, and granola bars are great options. Make sure you order a special meal if you have diet requirements. You can do that when you check in online or on the booking management side of the website. If you have run out of snacks you can always go to the flight attendance section of the flight, they normally have a good snack selection to pick from.
  • Invest in a Good Travel Pillow: A quality travel pillow can make getting restful sleep on your flight much easier. Even if you struggle to sleep on planes, sometimes just resting with your eyes closed with an eye mask is better than nothing.
  • Wear Comfortable Clothing: Dress in layers and choose fabrics that breathe well to stay comfortable throughout your flight.

Conclusion

I hope this blog post has given you some inspiration on how to face a long flight to Bali. Make sure you read this blog post if you want to know more about what you should pack for your flight!

Ciao for now,

Silvia x