How to keep busy on your flights, Long Haul & Short Haul!

How do you keep busy when you’re flying?

I love flying with a passion, but it can be hard to find things to do whilst you’re up in the air especially on long haul flights! Its so important to keep yourself calm and busy during your flights, it makes them that much more entertaining and enjoyable. Here’s a few ides of how you can keep yourself occupied!

Reading – Get yourself a good book and settle down for the ride ahead. I find with short haul flights its a perfect time killer for 2 hours (for example) to get proper stuck in to a good book to keep occupied. Even with long haul it does a good job to kill a period of time, and if you get bored you can always put it down and come back to it later on in the flight as well. Here are some good book recommendations;

  • The Wives – Tarryn Fisher
  • Recursion – Blake Crouch
  • This is going to hurt – Adam Kay
  • Finding Emma – Steena Holmes
  • Wayward Pines Series – Blake Crouch
  • Normal People – Sally Rooney
  • The Tattooist of Auchwitz – Heather Morris
  • The Secret Race: Inside the hidden world of the Tour De France: Doping, Cover-ups and winning at all costs – Tyler Hamilton
  • Two Brothers – Ben Elton
  • Less – Andrew Sean Greer
  • The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo – Taylor Jenkins Road
  • Wonder – R. J. Palacio
  • Turtles All the way Down – John Green

Watch a Movie or TV Show – Especially if they are offering on board entertainment. They usually have so many great options and its a perfect pastime when they have something you want to watch that you’ve never seen. Even watch multiple movies, I love a good movie binge. I also find that sometimes I can fall asleep to movies and I always struggle to sleep on planes so its a bonus.

Journal – Write in a journal! How you’re feeling, about your trip, anything you like! And if you have a bullet journal then its the perfect time to release your creativity and do some prepping for the next month/trip in your bullet journal. Especially if you don’t like flying, this is something that can make you feel calmer as well expressing how you are feeling on the flight.

Blog – I know there isn’t any wifi in the clouds (although there is on some flights, I had an hour of free wifi on the way to Sri Lanka which was pretty awesome) but you can plan some blog posts, write some in your drafts ready to post upon your landing. Even get some pins ready for pinterest, prep some instagram posts in your drafts ready to go when you land.

Listen to Music or a Podcast – Another great pastime to set back and enjoy your favourite music or a good podcast, here are some podcast recommendations if you ever need them;

  • My Dad wrote a Porno
  • The Receipts Podcast
  • Off Menu with Ed Gamble & James Acaster
  • Unexpected Fluids
  • Shagged, Married, Annoyed
  • 3ShotsofTequila
  • Happy Place by Ferne Cotton
  • Everyday Positivity
  • Crime Junkie
  • Call Her Daddy
  • Hip Hop saved my life with Romesh Ranganathan
  • The Daily Pep!

Play a game on your phone – Make sure to download the ones that don’t require Wifi to progress! I can sometimes get too hooked on mobile games and they’re great to pass the time on the plane. I personally love Sand Balls, I’ve had this app since New Years 2020 and I am level 500+ and absolutely obsessed.

Play some card games! – Everyone loves a bit of Go Fish, Snap, Shithead, the list of card games goes on because there are SO MANY that keep you occupied for ages.

Colouring Books! – Another great, colourful and time consuming creative outlet for your journey. I LOVE a good colouring book, especially when I know its something I can keep coming back to throughout the flight if I need a break.

Take a self care kit with you. – This is SO important. Being up in the air for a long period of time really dries out your skin so take a mini self care kit! Some flights have the pleasure of giving you your own self care kit but to be on the safe side pack a little bag with moisturiser, some lip balm, maybe even some deodorant to feel fresher when you land and some baby/face/refreshing wipes as well. There is nothing worse than coming off a flight and feeling grotty and unkempt, so its a nice little ritual to have.

Learn a language – Duolingo doesn’t require any wifi as they have an offline mode so you can revise and work through your module and learn all before you arrive in the country you’re going too! Maybe even take a languages workbook with you so you have something to physically fill out and not relying on your phone applications to learn.

Sleep – One of the most important things needed to function, but like myself, not everyone can sleep on planes! Bring a facemark or use the ones they offer to you, try and get as cosy as you can and just pass out for however many hours you can on your flight. Remember to set your alarm or let the air hostess know if you don’t want to miss a meal!

What do you do to keep busy during flights? Any and all recommendations welcome!

14 Replies to “How to keep busy on your flights, Long Haul & Short Haul!”

  1. I always made a point to stay busy during flights. It can be hard to fall asleep and don’t get me started on the expensive cost to go on wifi. Totally agree with prepping for blog posts! I do this all the time with my notebook! Oooh learning a language is a great idea!

    Nancy ✨ exquisitely.me

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  2. Some really great ideas here, and I recently started listening to podcasts so I’ll definitely be checking out some of your suggestions 🙂

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  3. I always start busy on flights because it distracts me from the actual flying haha I really enjoy reading and if I can watching a movie as I find it really relaxing! Thank you for sharing this x

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  4. I spent most of my time on my first domestic flight spying on the conversations around me and writing in my journal. When I went abroad, though, I could not write for sixteen hours, so I checked out new films and dozed. 🙂

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  5. These are such good ideas! I always end up getting really fidgety on long haul flights even though I’ve done quite a few. Plus I can never sleep!! Definitely great ideas! Thank you for sharing these!

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  6. What a great list, I agree with all of them! My favourite thing is to watch the in flight entertainment. It’s a great time to binge on favourite shows or watch movies I can’t find on my platforms at home. I also love eating on planes…even though the food is rarely good, I think the meal is a good way to pass the time too.

    Kristyn @ thequeenofmycastle.com

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  7. On a 4 hour flight home from Tenerife I was by myself sitting next to a lovely old couple. They were so lovely an invited me to play card games with them! I’ve never experienced that on a flight and it was a great way to pass the time, so I’m glad you included card games on the list!

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  8. Nice one! I think reading and sleeping are the ones I like best. I somehow can’t work on my blog while on a flight.

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  9. Reading is always top of my list to do on a flight as well. I always buy a magazine in the airport before I board (as well as taking a good book!). Reminded me how much I miss flying right now 🙂

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  10. Reading and Movies are my two to go too. I take my i-pad loaded with e-books and also downloaded stuff on Netflix.

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  11. I mostly travel long hauls the entertainment keeps me occupied – movies and music. I always bring a book every time i travel. Though I haven’t tried journaling or blogging up in the air. This post makes me miss traveling…

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