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4 ways to handle long flights

| Sunday, March 13, 2016, 9:00 p.m.

Professional nomad Brandon Presser (he's written more than 50 travel books) has been on countless long flights.

He can't help your seat assignment (i.e. a last row, middle seat by the bathroom) or boredom, but Presser does have tips for flying so you're ready to hit the ground running when you arrive.

Pack smart: “I pack pretty methodically for a long flight in my carry-on. I have a kit that has everything that you would want, eye drops, Advil, moisturizer.”

Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate: “I drink a ton of water, mostly because it gets you up to go to the bathroom and you stretch your legs. Drinking a lot of water really helps. And drinking way more than you think. Way more. Have you seen what an empty (water) bottle looks like at the end of a flight? All crumpled? That's what flying does to your insides. If you're like, ‘Oh, I've had a liter of water. I'm fine.' No, no, no. Drink two.”

Avoid alcohol: “Don't drink alcohol on a flight. I mean, it's fun, but it really does damage. I find that I bounce back a lot quicker than everyone else because I follow these very simple things.”

Skip the sleeping pill: “I never take sleeping pills on a flight, ever, just in case I need to be lucid. Take a sleeping pill when you get there and get checked into the hotel and it's really time to go to bed.”

— Associated Press

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