Travel Tips: Overnight Flights - 5 to-dos to make Your Redeye Flight a Breeze

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When I heard my grandfather was turning 80 this year, I couldn't believe it. Time sure does fly. I don't get to see my grandparents as much as I'd like because they live so far away. That's why I was over the moon when I got the opportunity to partner with Delta Air Lines to visit and attend such a special moment in my grandfather’s life. September is a really busy month for me, and my grandparents live on the East Coast, so you know what that means: Redeye, baby.

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While sitting upright in a chair for 6 hours isn't the ideal way to spend your night, I have found there are a few things you can do to make your red eye flight much more enjoyable. I mean, they call it Redeye for a reason, half the time you hardly sleep and one of the main symptoms of fatigue is red eyes. Well, here are a few tips to help you skip the morning red eyes, and enjoy your overnight flight: 

1. Neck Pillow - I can't stress this one enough. Going on a red eye flight without a neck pillow is like going on a photo shoot without a camera. It's essential. I recommend spending a little extra to get a nice one. And don't forget to put your seat back and bend the sides of your seat headrest inward to give you something to sleep against, unless you have a coveted window seat.

2. In-Flight Entertainment - You're going to need something to watch to help you doze off, or keep you entertained if your like the 90% of us that can't really sleep on a plane. The last thing you want to do is twiddle your thumbs while the guy next to you is a stage 5 snorer. I've found Delta to reign supreme when it comes to In-Flight Entertainment. They now have over 1,000 hours of Free In-Flight Entertainment and you can even watch movies and TV shows right on your laptop, iPad or phone using their GoGo Entertainment mobile app, or on your seat-back screen. Don't forget your headphones. Noise-canceling if you've got ‘em. Delta also has wi-fi available for purchase on most flights, in case you need to get some work done for the next day. 

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3. Dress for Comfort - Comfort is key. I’m a fan of joggers or leggings. Wearing loose, comfortable clothing will make your flight that much more enjoyable. I also can’t live without an eye mask to help block out light. 

4. Avoid Connections if Possible - Connections are not ideal when it comes to red eye flights. You're already robbing yourself of a night's sleep. Don't double down by flying halfway and sitting around for an hour or two to get on another plane. Your mind and body will thank you for finding a flight that gets you right to where you're going.

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5. Take a Power Nap and Stay Hydrated - These two go hand in hand when you’re fighting off jet lag. Just dozing off for an hour or two will make all the difference in your trip. If you don't have a few hours, 25 minutes is the optimal time to sleep and not feel exhausted for the rest of the day. And be sure to drink lots of water the next day, as your body will be really dehydrated after such a long flight. 

If you follow the tips above, your redeye flight experience will be a little more enjoyable. My fiancé and I made it just in time to celebrate this guy's big day:

Love you gramps! 

This post was done in partnership with Delta Air Lines. All opinions expressed here are my own. I had a wonderful in-flight experience and I would definitely recommend flying with Delta Air Lines to a friend!