We all love going on holiday, but lets face it, it can be pretty hard to get excited about the flight. Hours of repurposed air, tiny seats & little to no view can make it unbearable. I lived on the opposite side of the world for 5 years, so I'm far too familiar with the joys of 26 hours in economy. While I'll never be able to say I enjoy the flying experience, I've developed a few tricks to make it more bearable;
Before you fly;
- Pick your seat. Most airlines let you choose your own seat, generally around 48 hours before you fly. Keep an eye on your inbox prior to flying & make sure you're one of the first to choose your seat. You might get lucky & score an exit row seat, but at the very least you want to avoid being stuck in the middle with nowhere to move.
- Dress appropriately. I know it's tempting to want to look like a superstar jetsetter, but avoid wearing anything tight, or figure hugging. You can still be stylish & comfy; try wearing cotton jersey fabrics - breathable, stretchy & less likely to crease. Factor in you'll need to wear flight socks when choosing an outfit.
- Pack well - I've put together a free checklist of things to pack, which you can download at the bottom of this post. Essentials include a change of clothes, something to do (in my case my iPad is a must - I can load books, magazines, games etc, so I have lots to do but only one small thing to carry), chargers & some beauty essentials.
At the airport;
- This may sound excessive, but I generally get to the airport 3-4 hours prior to my flight. For 2 reasons - if you've got excess luggage, the earlier you go the more forgiving the airline seems to be & you may avoid excess luggage charges (that said, if you've got a huge amount of excess it might pay to look into your options prior to flying). Also, you're more likely to get upgraded. Admittedly, getting upgraded to business or first class is getting rarer & rarer, but I've managed to get premium economy & exit row seats by going early.
- After you've passed through security, I always buy a few drinks to take on board. It's so important to stay hydrated when travelling & I don't want to be calling the hostess every 5 minutes for a drink!
- I also buy some snacks. Generally you are well fed on long haul flights, but I always like to take a few of my favourites on board, in case I don't fancy what's on offer.
- Just before you board - put your flight socks on. These are essential for long haul flights as they reduce the risk of getting DVT (deep vein thrombosis).
On the flight;
- Stay hydrated - drink lots of water & avoid alcohol. Your skin will thank me later
- Moisturise - the reconditioned air is really damaging to the skin, so try & use a deep hydrating moisturiser or serum. I use Dermalogica's Moisture Booster in addition to my usual moisturiser. I also take a small travel sized hand & body lotion & apply a couple of times (also a good way to pass some time!)
- Move - I know you may feel like an idiot, but try & get up & move as much as possible. Walk down the aisle & find a space to do some stretches, you'll usually find a guide to the best movements to try in your seat pocket.
I've put together a free printable checklist for you, which will hopefully come in handy next time you fly. To access the freebie, just enter your email address below & confirm your subscription. You'll then receive a link to download the file. As a subscriber, you'll receive freebies, inspiration & offers direct to your inbox & you can rest assured I won't fill your inbox with hundreds of emails!
What are your long haul flight tips? I'd love to hear your thoughts, please feel free to comment below!