Travel by Lesley

How to Make a Long Haul Flight more Comfortable

Comfortable clothing

I like to look smart when checking in for a flight, well you never know if you’re going to get upgraded!! However, I often take something more comfortable to change into once I’m settled on board, this tends to be a comfortable pair of stretch jersey trousers, a big baggy t’shirt and a sweatshirt.  It is also a good idea to have a pair of slipper socks in your hand luggage to keep your feet warm – these are handy for nipping to the loo without putting your shoes back on!  Flip flops are good for when you arrive.

How to avoid on-board hair frizz

A silk scarf in your hand luggage is great for holding your hair in place.  You can pop it over  the headrest or pillow.  Another option is to pop a tumble drier sheet in your bag as this can also be antistatic, as well as having a lovely fresh smell to it.  One of the tell tale signs that you have been on a long haul flight is the flat area of your hair from the headrest, so a good tip is to pull your hair into a low ponytail or messy bun and use and inflatable neck pillow.  These styles travel well and are easy to touch up.  Dry shampoo is also good for working into the roots for a little extra body and you can buy the travel sizes at the airport.

How to keep your makeup looking fresh

Preparation is key and this actually starts at home, not on the plane.  The night before, exfoliate your skin and hydrate with a moisturising mask, drink lots of water and get a good night’s sleep.  There’s nothing worse than waking up on a flight with panda eye, so I usually wear very minimal make-up when I fly, usually a tinted moisturiser or BB cream, mascara and tinted lip balm which I take off shortly after take-off and apply a hydrating moisturiser and then reapply my make up before landing.  I also carry a hydrating spritzer and lip balm which I use throughout the flight

Sleeping on a plane

I always carry an eye mask and earplugs in my luggage as they seem to work magic in terms of improving the quality of your sleep and regulating your body clock rhythm by limiting light. I do have a couple of travel pillows, one an inflatable one the other a soft squishy one, I don’t always take them with me as I think quite often you’re better off using the complimentary one on-board.  I don’t recommend falling asleep listing to anything on the in-flight entertainment as that is often interrupted with in-flight announcements by the captain and crew so make sure you have a relaxing playlist on your phone or tablet.

Bathroom Breaks

Once the food is served and half of the plane begins to digest their food, you can be sure that the bathroom is going to be pretty popular. Don’t forget the fact you’re most likely on a pretty full plane, which means there are lots of people on board. If you wait too long, you run the risk of being uncomfortable in your seat while everyone uses the loo.

In fact, there is an opportune time to go. There should be a fairly short window when the flight attendants have served the food and are no longing blocking the path to the bathroom, right before the meal trays are collected. I know it’s annoying to hold your tray table and set it back down to get to the aisle, it’s going to be a lot more annoying waiting for six people to finish using the bathroom. Going to the bathroom during this in-between time ensures you won’t have to wait later, and even better, it means that you still have a relatively clean bathroom before everyone else has used it.

Drink up and eat, the smarter way

Every seasoned traveller knows you have to stay hydrated in order to combat the dry plane air, but there is a way to get better results than just water.  Pick up some coconut water at the airport which has electrolytes.  It’s also a good idea to take a few healthy snacks along such as nuts, dried fruit and seeds, I tend to take a bag walnuts to munch on—its  anti-inflammatory fats keep you feeling full so you don’t have the urge to reach  for processed, packaged goodies, but the Omega-3 acids will make your complexion glow.

I always pack a little bag for the flight with everything I will need during the flight:-

  •  Eyemask and earplugs
  • Lip balm and moisturiser
  • Wet wipes
  • Mints or breath freshener
  • Travel toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Perfume sample
  • Hydrating spray
  • Travel deodrant
  • Paracetamol
  • Travel sickness tablets
  • Flight socks
  • Hair tie
  • Noise reducing headphones
  • Book
  • Ipad/tablet

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