Plane in the sky  © Lawrence Smith

Air Travel Tips

Flying to New Zealand? From some destinations, the flight to New Zealand is one of the longest flights possible. To make your journey as comfortable as possible we've included some useful air travel tips for long-haul flying.

Before Your Flight

Get organised well before your flight! 

Make sure you have your travel documents (passport, airline tickets, itineraries), as well as verified copies of all important documents.

Pack personal medications, toiletries and reading materials in your carry-on luggage.

Become familiar with the Liquid, Aerosols & Gels (LAGs) laws in both your departure and arrival country.

Take warm clothes in your carry-on luggage – air conditioning in planes can make the cabin cold.

Arrive at the airport in good time – normally at least 2 hours prior to departure.

Avoiding Jet Lag

  • Get plenty of sleep before you leave.
  • Avoid drinking a lot of alcohol.
  • Exercise as much as you can on your trip.
  • Don’t make excessive use of sleep medicines.
  • Get used to the new time zone by maintaining local meal and bedtime schedules.

During Your Flight

Help your body adjust to the flight and you will feel much better when you reach your final destination.

  • Drink plenty of fluids: water, juice, non-caffeinated & non-alcoholic drinks will prevent dehydration, fatigue and headaches.
  • Drink minimal alcohol
  • Rehydrate: Moistening your face and hands helps to reduce the drying effects of cabin air.
  • Eat lightly
  • Exercise: Gentle on-board exercises for about five minutes every one to two hours helps to prevent muscle discomfort, and also reduces the risk of Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT).
  • If you are tall, try to get a seat on the isle – this will give you extra leg room and allow easy access in and out of your seat.
  • Try to sleep - U-shaped pillows are great for neck support and ear plugs shut out cabin noise.

After Your Flight

After exiting the plane avoid the temptation to catch elevators – get those muscles and joints moving again with a walk!

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