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Having grown up in a household of world explorers, I never stop packing and unpacking my suitcase. Whether there’s a wedding to attend in Dubai, or a ski trip-meets-family reunion in Hokkaido, Japan, most of my trips involve a seven-plus hour flight that transports me from one end of the world to the other.

Depending on the type of aircraft, my flying experiences can vary widely. I’m always relieved when I find out I’m flying on a newer model aircraft like the Boeing-787 Dreamliner, which has its cabin pressurized to a more comfortable altitude than those of its older counterparts. The more comfortable air, combined with a quieter engine, helps to reduce jet lag and the physical toll that long flights take on my body. However, we don’t always get to fly on the latest model jet.

As a frequent flyer who visits friends and family on different continents multiple times a year, I’ve learned a few helpful tricks to cope with long-haul flights, regardless of the aircraft or airline. I’ve had people ask, “Why don’t you look tired after sitting on a plane for 16 hours straight?”

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