Long Haul Flight Strategies and Helpful Gear

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Transatlantic and transpacific flights are exhausting. The savvy traveler is prepared for time changes and equipped for ultimate comfort in transit. It’s a must to get some sleep when flying from U.S. to Europe. No sleep when flying ahead in time zones can hurt the experience. The plan is to feel fresh when you touch down in Dublin at 7 a.m. local ahead of a quick round on the par 66 Corballis Links Golf Club and 2 p.m. start at The Island Golf Club. Off the bird and 36 holes of beautiful Irish links golf is one of the great agendas in all of golf.

Comfort is easily enhanced with a business class ticket, but if that doesn’t work out — that’s okay. For long hauls I always dress the same, comfortable shoes (no flip flops or sandals), relaxed long pants or joggers (no belt for easier security walk-through), t-shirt, sweatshirt or hoodie, light jacket, travel pillow and Bose Noise-Cancelling headphones. Layers offer more comfort in the seat and particularly if sitting in rows behind the roaring jet engines (behind the wing), noise canceling headphones make for a more quiet ride. Airplane cabin temperatures typically hover around 21C/70F, but seem to dip when cruising altitudes at 35,000-feet-plus. The outside temperate at high altitude is around -60C/-72F; that’s quite chilly.

I added an item to my travel uniform on my last flight from Dallas to Berlin. The KeySmart Urban Passport Wallet is a hit. Never before had I received compliments on my passport wallet, but I do now. The large wallet secures a passport, travel documents, tickets, boarding passes and U.S. dollars, Euros, the Thai baht and Mexican pesos with ease. It comes with a writing pen which comes in handy and for the super-savvy traveler, it has a sim card key and slots for extra sim cards. There’s also a slot for a Tile, which integrates with an app and can help locate the wallet if lost or stolen. A passport wallet is a must for international travel and this one from KeySmart is the best I’ve used.

For golf club transport, we occasionally use LuggageFree, they do a good job and typically have the best rates.

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