Flying is not something I love, in fact I think loathe is a better word to describe it.  However, it is part of the parcel if you want to travel and see the world, so over the years I've learned some basic tips to keep the airport stress to a minimum and the boredom of flying at bay.

How to Survive Long Haul Flights

Flying is not something I love, in fact I think loathe is a better word to describe it.  However, it is part of the parcel if you want to travel and see the world, so over the years I’ve learned some basic tips to keep the airport stress to a minimum and the boredom of flying at bay.

IN THE AIRPORT

1 || Preplanning Organisation 

My first tip which seems obvious (but apparently isn’t!) is don’t pack your toiletries or electronics at the bottom of your suitcase if you’re travelling with hand luggage.  We all know these need to come out at security, so don’t have them somewhere you need to rearrange your entire bag and show an airport full of people your panties to get at them!  Also, if you want to be exceptionally organised chuck all your liquids into a sandwich bag BEFORE you go to the airport, this saves time for you and the person behind you in the queue!

2 || Boarding Cards

If you’re flying British Airways than the BA App makes your time in the airport a breeze.  Definitely download it if you haven’t.

3 || Shopping

Enjoy the shops and have a mooch around.  Your holiday starts now, so allow yourself a pre holiday treat in duty free!

How to Survive Long Haul Flights

ON THE PLANE

1 || Keep Fresh

I swear by a few select “travel essentials” which I always keep in my handbag so they’re close to hand.  Lets be honest planes are grubby places, so I like to keep myself as fresh as possible with wet wipes and hand sanitiser.

Generally my first plan of action is to take any makeup off, usually with face wipes, and then slather my skin in the thickest, most nourishing cream I can find.  This tends to be Glamglow’s Thirstymud Hydrating Treatment which I really recommend for flying.  Reapply every couple of hours or when your skin starts to feel dry.

Other useful things to have to hand are eye drops, toothbrush/toothpaste, deodorant and chewing gum.

2 || Stay Hydrated

I know this is repeated over and over again but seriously, keep hydrated.  The air in that plane is being continuously recycled and artificially pumped in and out.  Imagine what that dry, crusty air is doing to your skin and insides. Yuck! So while it is tempting to enjoy the free booze, you’re way better sticking with water.  Also, grab a bottle before you fly because those tiny, half full plastics cups that are handed out periodically isn’t enough.

3 || Time Blocks

On long haul flights you need to compartmentalise your time into manageable blocks, if you’re to get through the flight without ending up a fidgety wreck! Set yourself some sort of routine – take off makeup and settle in, read in flight magazine, have a drink and snack, read the magazine/book you picked up at the airport, have your meal, watch a movie, move around the cabin, watch another movie, settle in for a sleep and so on.  If you add as much variety as you can, you’ll find the time slips away.

4 || Outfit Choices

I know some people like to change into PJs or a tracksuit mid flight.  Personally I don’t bother and just stick to wearing a comfy outfit from the offset.  There is honestly no need to wear heels at the airport (even if you’re try to wrangle an upgrade!).  My usual travel uniform is leggings, lots of layers I can strip on or off and a big snuggly shawl which doubles up as a blanket on the plane.

5 || Seat Etiquette 

Don’t be that unthoughtful numpty who puts their seat wayyy back as soon as the flight takes off.  Yes, it’s fine if you need to sleep but in the meantime handle being a squished sardine like the rest of us!

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