The Jet Set TV reached out to us looking for tall travel tips and so we turned to the women of #teamtall to get their best advice. Here are Team Tall’s Top 3
1. LEGROOM, LEGROOM, LEGROOM…
It’s all about the legroom… any which way you can get it! Emergency exits, bulkheads, aisle and window seats are all ways to gain a little more room for those fabulous long legs. Grab it wherever you can but a word of warning from some of us who have accidentally ended up there… never, ever say yes to life in the middle seat!
Now this certainly isn’t for all of us but another suggested way to achieve a bit of extra space is to travel with small children (preferably your own!) as you can sit sideways and steal some unused legroom. However, you won’t need us to tell you that flying with small children comes with its own set of challenges.
If you use credit cards, check whether they offer air miles, points or rewards that can be used towards flights and upgrades. If you fly the same airlines regularly, register for their frequent flyer programmes as flying business class may not be as out of reach as you think.
2. KEEP MOVING
Get up and walk around (a very good reason to take an aisle over a window), do exercises and keep changing your leg position to avoid unnecessary discomfort, dead legs and more sinister side effects. Sporting a pair of compression socks might not be the look you’re going for but they certainly won’t do you any harm!
There’s a fantastic plane yoga guide here from Ju Yogi which illustrates how to do some refreshing mid-flight stretches. Although, standing at 6’2 over here, I would strongly encourage tall people to avoid the recommended leg stretch unless, of course, you’re lucky enough to be flying Business or First Class. Knowing how restricted my legs can be when flying Econ, I suspect that attempting moves like this could very easily end up in an embarrassing in-flight predicament!
We also stumbled across an article in Good Housekeeping Magazine where three experts shared their top tips on how they stay feeling refreshed and active while flying. This is what they said:
- Go for regular walks around the cabin
- Stretch your upper body
- Squeeze your bum
- Roll your neck
- Do a full body roll down
- Keep the blood flowing in your legs
‘Legs often become heavy and swollen on flights and we are always reminded to take precautions against DVT, so a great exercise that can be done standing on the spot, is a knee-bend on half-toe. This aids circulation and loosens up the main joints of the leg, hip and ankle all in one go and you don’t need much space to do it. Simply lift one leg, bringing your knee to your chest and at the same time (if you can balance!) rise up onto the ball of your foot on your standing leg. Repeat three to four times on each leg’.
Toe circles were also recommended as they keep your feet and legs active. Lift your foot off the ground and slowly rotate it clockwise, then counter-clockwise in ten full rotations for each foot.
3. PACK LIKE YOU HAVE OCD
When it comes to packing for a trip – check, double check and triple check. Unless you’re visiting the Netherlands, it’s unlikely that you’ll be able to just stroll into a shop and pick up a new pair of size 11 flip flops, a pair of jeans or anything else that might not have made it into your suitcase. Check the weather before you go and make sure you’ve got everything you need from your tall arsenal.
OTHER TIPS WORTH A MENTION
– Check if the place you’re staying has rooms with king size beds
– take a small pillow on the flight to support your head & neck
– break your journey up with a stop-over and explore a new city
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