Have a great trip & a good time in SYD
!(You do realise that it's the middle of winter when your here, don't you?)
Tips for surviving the straight thru LHR
1) A few days before your trip cut back on caffeine (this includes tea) and alcohol.
2) Bring a 500/600 ml plastic water bottle with you (this size is not too small/not too big)
Day of flight:
3) Get up at your normal time, eat lightly,but do not skip meals.
4) Get some exercise, at least. You want to be tired, but not exhausted when you arrive at LHR
5) Do not go straight to sleep! Its 14 hours to SIN
. I assume BA
will serve a snack & drinks after departure (QF do) have them and use them to kill time. Watch movie or listern to music for a awhile, then try and sleep.
6) Drink caffeine & alcohol very lightly, if at all. I find wine with meal/snack helps with sleep.
7) THE BIGGIE - use your water bottle!!! You need to drink between 0.5 to 1 litre of water per hour, depending on body mass. Do this and you will feel MUCH better after the flight. Down side of course is you spend more time in the loo.
8) Keep water bottle filled by FA
's when possible (only ever had one object to filling the botle from their bottled water). When that is not possible, and there will be times when it is not, the QF
744's have a water fountain on the outside left hand side wall of the forward goup of toilets in Y. I assume the BA
ones do too. One nice feature I have only seen on JAL, but I am told others do it too, is the trolley of drinks & snacks left outside the aft galley for self service on long overnight sectors. This makes keeping the water bottle full easy.
9) At the SIN
transit stops - WALK as much as you can, get the blood flowing.
On arrival SYD
10) Even tho it maybe 40 or so hours since your last real sleep DO
NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES go to sleep before 6-7:00 pm. Get out in the sun shine, walk, be active. Do not take coach/train tours, you need to walk!
One suggestion, pick up a copy of the book Sydney Harbour [National Park] Walks, (Cannot rember if the words in brackets are actually in the title or not) This books describes more than a dozen walks you can do around the harbour, all reachable by ferry, bus or train. Several are between ferry stops. All are on marked trails and/or foothpaths/roads and are relatively gentle, some do have steep sections, details in book.
I have found all this advice useful, but the two biggies are the water in flight and going to sleep at night local time.
(Looking forward to doing it again this Christmas!)