(Source) Over the past two days I’ve had the pleasure (note: sarcasm) of traveling non-stop. Turns out moving halfway across the world can really take a physical and mental toll on you, and that sort of fatigue is not something I would wish on anyone. So with that said, here are some tips on how to make it through a long haul flight somewhat unscathed.
(Source) Everything starts with planning. Lists are imperative here, especially in the preliminary stage of trying to figure out what you want to pack. This is especially good for the forgetful ones – the last thing you want is to end up halfway across the world on a nice beach without your favourite bikini. So lists it is. Make lists of what you want to bring. Nothing is too mundane. Include things that you wouldn’t think to include like razor refills, charger cables and power socket adapters (this one is especially easy to forget). On that note, be sure not to over-pack. Try to avoid bringing duplicates or similar things. Oftentimes we make up excuses, tell ourselves special occasions might pop up and we’ll need that one dress, but deep down we know the likelihood is close to zero. So leave it at home. You don’t need heels when you’re going backpacking across Southeast Asia. Learn to pack efficiently by creating outfits with versatile pieces of clothing… and then pack an extra one or two, just in case. Bring one set in your carry-on luggage in case your suitcases go missing.
2. Online check-in
This is probably a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised at how many people actually forget. Have you ever been on a flight where you are automatically assigned the middle seat because there are no other alternatives left? Because I have. On a fifteen-hour flight, sandwiched between two big burly men who hogged my arm rests. Let me tell you, it was not pleasant. So check in online as early as you can – most places open up online check in two days ahead of the boarding time. You’ll also get to choose your seat, which is a huge bonus. I always suggest picking the aisle seat if possible… that way you get to avoid clambering over sleeping people if you ever need the bathroom. Only downside is *other* people will be clambering over you instead.
(Source) Skin is skin, no matter your gender. So pack your toiletries, not just in your check in luggage, but also in your carry-on. That way you can make sure you don’t step off the plane with shrivelled prune-like skin. Be sure not to bring full sized items unless you know you will be using all or most of it – cut down on the weight by transferring some of your products into travel sized containers. Sometimes I take it one step further and do a face mask at home before leaving for the airport. If you want to take it another step further, you can also use a sheet mask on the flight. Something hydrating. Just recline your seat back a little and let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes.
4. Comfort items
Now these are things you can usually skip out on but I highly suggest you don’t. Things like neck pillows, fluffy socks, slip-on shoes, and a cosy jacket. These are things that will definitely ease your trip. No more sore necks, no constrained feet, no feeling cold and exposed. This is what helps you relax during your flight. At the end of the day, comfortable people are the ones who able to rest more, which is what you want on long haul flights.
(Source) No, I don’t mean alcohol… but water! I cannot stress this enough. I know airplane food isn’t always the greatest, but water is essential. No amount of skin care will help keep your skin moisturized if you don’t stay hydrated from within. Be more proactive on your flights – instead of asking for cups of water, ask for bottles if possible. That way you don’t have to keep bothering the air hostesses. You can take a swig or two every half hour. Or more, if you’d like. Either way, water is important, especially given how dry and sterile the cockpit air is. Any and all extra hydration is always appreciated, even if your bladder convinces you otherwise. Your body will thank you, I promise.
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