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How to survive a long haul flight the ultimate guideFrom bagging the best seat to what clothes to wear, there are easy ways to ensure you still feel human when you get off the plane.13:39, 28 NOV 2017Updated14:38, 28 NOV 2017Jet setting off to an exotic destination is always exciting, but the prospect of spending seven hours or more in an economy seat on a plane at 38,000ft is far less appealing.Long haul flights can often leave you feeling tired and grimy, and don’t get us started on navigating through disruptive passengers, sitting in an uncomfortable position or getting hungry as you wait for the next in flight meal.However there are actually some really simple tricks that can ensure you have a smooth, peaceful flight. The best part is you don’t need to be a travel insider or crew member to know all of the secrets.Sunday Mirror Travel teamed up with the experts at frequent flyers’ magazine Business Traveller to bring you the ultimate guide for getting through a long haul flight in the main cabin and still feeling human when you get off the plane.Check out our top tips below.These easy hacks could help you have a stress free journey1. At check in, ask if there are any spare seats and, if so, whether you can move so that one of them is next to you giving you more room to spread out.2. If you fly often try to build up air miles with your airline and airline alliance to boost chances of an upgrade.3. Consider paying for airport lounge access it’s good for loading up on food and drink before boarding.4. Buy a bottle of water to take on board once you’re airside.5. Being polite to the person you are rubbing shoulders with for many hours is sage advice. You don’t have to share your life stories, but the odd smile and remark will help make the enforced proximity a lot more bearable.6. It’s often worth paying for an exit or bulkhead seat especially if you’re tall.7. Seat choice is personal. If you don’t want to be disturbed and are confident about not wanting the loo on a regular basis, then window seats are for you. If you like getting up and stretching, then an aisle will be the better choice. But avoid middle seats at all costs if at all possible.8. Be aware that some airlines cram in more seats than others 10 across instead of nine across on a Boeing 777, for instance, will be more claustrophobic.An aisle seat is ideal if you’re likely to get up regularly to stretch9. Take a portable battery charger for your phone or your tablet in case the plane is old and you can’t charge it.10. Avoid sitting at the very back of a plane it is bumpier, noisier (you’re behind the engines), it often takes you longer to board and disembark, and you may be disturbed by people queueing for the loos if they are at the rear.11. If you can, choose a carrier with new seating, which will be more ergonomically comfortable.12. Try to get on board early so you can find a place for your bags in an overhead locker that is reasonably close to your seat ideally, directly overhead. It will be easier when you need to get things out during the flight, and also helps when it comes to disembarking.13. Dress in loose fitting clothes you’ll be sitting down for hours.14. Wear layers. Cabin temperatures vary hugely, even during the course of a flight, so make sure you have ways to keep warm or cool without a change of clothing. The airline will most likely provide a blanket, but it’s a good idea to have a jumper or fleece too.15. Compression socks are important if you think you may suffer from a deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and, since you’ll want to kick your shoes off during the night, having a pair of old socks is a good idea to keep your feet cosy.