15 Fun Ways to Pass The Time During a Long Flight

15 Fun Ways to Pass The Time During a Long Flight

Are you preparing for a long-haul flight? If the idea of soaring through the sky for hours and hours seems daunting, don’t worry because we’ve got your back. To help you pass the time, we’ve created a delightful list filled with 15 ways to make your time onboard fly right by. From entertaining gadgets to soothing activities, scroll through this list to find something that's enjoyable for you. So just relax and sit back!

1. Movie Marathon Madness

To help kill hours at a time, why not go on a fun movie marathon? If you’re concerned about the in-flight entertainment, never forget you can always bring your own! Load up your tablet, phone, or laptop with a selection of your favourite movies and TV shows to ensure the perfect watching experience. As you immerse yourself in engaging storylines, you’ll be shocked by how quickly time will fly past.

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2. Bookworm Bliss

If you love a good book, you can always pass the time by escaping into a captivating novel or indulging in some light reading. Easy to pack and bring along, a book can fit easily into your carry on or personal bag! For even more convenience, why not consider investing in an E-reader where you can keep multiple books ready all in one device? Whether it’s a thrilling mystery, a romantic tale, or an insightful self-help book, it’s a fantastic way to immerse yourself in another world, forgetting the long flight you have ahead. 

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3. Game On

For something more exciting, challenge yourself to a variety of mobile games to keep your brain active and engaged. From brain-teasing puzzles to adrenaline-pumping racing games, you can pick whatever genre excites you the most. Just remember to have them all pre-downloaded so they’re ready to go during the flight. Don't forget to bring your charger too - you'll definitely need to keep your phone battery healthy. 

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4. Creative Colouring

Want something more therapeutic? One unique activity you can try is colouring - why not unleash your artistic side with some adult colouring books? All you need to bring is a set of coloured pencils or markers and you’re ready to engage in this surprisingly soothing activity. This is a great option if you're someone who gets nervous when flying. Seriously, who knew colouring could be so relaxing?

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5. Musical Escape

For a quick escape, just plug in your headphones and listen to your ultimate soundtrack. Music has the magic ability to transport you to another world instantly, so take advantage of this by creating the perfect playlist before boarding your flight. If you’re a nervous flyer, this is also a great option to help you calm any nerves. Or if you're trying to get some sleep, put on some gentle songs to help set the mood.

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6. Podcast Party

If music doesn’t quite fit your vibe or if you just want something different, why not give podcasts a try? Explore the fascinating world of podcasts where you can find a plethora of interesting stories, informative discussions, and thought-provoking content to keep your mind engage throughout the entire journey. Learning could be a fun way to help you pass the time!

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7. Pen Your Thoughts

Journaling can be a very therapeutic and enlightening activity to partake in as your soar through the sky. Use your long flight as an opportunity to jot down your travel experiences, lingering emotions, and deep reflections, allowing you to create cherished memories to look back on later. It’s the perfect memory book. After all, sometimes we get so caught up in the whirl of things that we can quickly forget the little details.

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8. Puzzle Time Travel

Crosswords, Sudoku, and word searches are classic inflight companions that never get old. Challenge yourself with these fun brain teasers to keep your mind sharp and entertained! You can have these games downloaded on your electronic devices, or you can go old school with a physical copy!

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9. Enjoy the Window Seat

If you’re lucky enough to score a window seat, don’t forget to take a moment and embrace the breathtaking aerial views. Lose yourself in the clouds as you capture the beauty of distant landscapes and an endless blue through your camera lens. Try to get the perfect shot to truly get an unforgettable keepsake.

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10. Snack Attack

There’s nothing more enjoyable and satisfying than a good ol’ snacking session. Not all flights will provide you with food, so you need to be prepared. Before your flight, prepare and pack some of your favourite snacks for an in-flight treat. Munch on some healthy snacks or indulge in some guilty pleasures. Don’t be afraid to treat yourself - you’re on vacation after all.

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11. Meditative Moments

Feeling a bit uneasy? If you’re an anxious flyer, calm down with some relaxing meditation. Practice deep breathing, visualization techniques, or simple yoga stretches to help you unwind and find inner peace amidst all the turbulence. For the moments when you're starting to feel a bit antsy, don't forget you can always get up to take a quick stretch and move around for a bit.

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12. Language Learning

Why not use your flying hours to brush up on a foreign language? If you’re headed somewhere new, it’s a good opportunity to learn a few key phrases in an unknown language. You can do this by downloading language apps or carrying pocket-sized phrasebooks to help you learn essential words and phrases. 

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13. Origami Odyssey

Here’s something special and unique - embrace the ancient art of origami with some compact paper-folding projects. Transform any plain sheet of paper into beautiful creations right before your very eyes! Just bring along some paper and have some folding instructions downloaded before your flight. The great thing about this activity is you really don't need anything other than paper; no glue or tape is required to make wonderful creations!

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14. Instant Friendship

Take the opportunity to strike up a conversation with your fellow passengers. After all, you will be stuck with them for the next couple of hours. If you find someone willing to engage, you might just discover a fascinating life story or even better, make a new friend.

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15. Nothing Beats Sleep

Finally, let’s not forget the ultimate in-flight activity: sleeping! Recharge your batteries and wake up refreshed, it’s the perfect way to start off your vacation. To help you get the best sleep, don’t forget to bring eye masks, ear plugs, or a comfy neck pillow.

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The next time you go on a long flight, you’ll never have to worry about the hours passing slowly again. Boredom be gone! Armed with these 15 entertaining ideas, your plane ride will be a time full of excitement, relaxation, and exploration.