As travel lovers, there's nothing more exhilarating than checking a new place off our bucket list. We get so giddy that even the standard airport routine seems less ho-hum. Boarding the flight we sink back into our seat, soak up the foreign languages, and Snap the start of our trip. But no matter how rosy our rose-colored glasses get, there’s still the reality of getting through a long-haul flight, which can quickly get taxing.
We're not big on statistics, but there seems to be a direct correlation between the longer the flight and the quicker that excitement wears off. Even the smoothest of flights can leave us exhausted, dehydrated, and with lackluster locks—ie not ideal when we step foot into a new city. So these 8 hacks are our flight religion: they help us stay rested, refreshed, and get us ready to make the most of it the moment our feet hit solid ground.
B.Y.O. Eye Mask
A long-haul flight is not the time to worry what your seatmate thinks of your in-flight style, so dress comfy and get comfy. Pull out your blanket, fluff your travel pillow, and whip out your cashmere eye mask because a girl needs her beauty rest! What we've learned? Even if you're a sound sleeper an eye mask can be a godsend for, say, when your seatmate decides to flip on the light and use the duration of the flight to read the entire Hunger Games series.
We know, this sounds like an early 2000s diet tip, but most of the in-flight meals are carb and sodium heavy, which adds up to feeling bloated and just plain crappy when you land. So, skip the in-flight snack mix or pasta dinner, and instead go for fruits, veggies, and lots of proteins. The best bet is to pack your own meal—a veggie wrap or healthy snacks like cheese, nuts, and lean turkey are our go-tos.
And Hydrate With Fruit
Since you’re a seasoned traveler, you know the most important flight plan of all—staying hydrated. We drink a few liters of water the morning of our flight and always bring our own water bottle. And if plain water isn't your thing, dress it up by dropping some fruit into your water—the combos of orange and lemon or cucumber and mint are two of our faves.
Speaking Of Hydration
Your skin can become extremely dry on a long flight, so help it out! First, begin tapering off any exfoliants or retinol products at least a week prior to taking off. Then, pack our in-flight beauty essentials and, before you board your flight, slather on a deep, unscented cream so you can arrive with hydrated, glowing skin!
Keep It Moving
We like to stay active so we believe no one should stay stagnant for over an hour, even if it’s on a flight. So, make sure to get up, take a few laps around the aisles, stretch by touching your toes, or even drop into a few lunges.
Channel Your Inner Yogi
If getting all boot camp-style at 30,000 feet isn't really your speed (or you don’t feel like climbing over the couple next to you), you can even do yoga poses in your chair.
Did you know there’s a hidden sweet spot between your Achilles and the largest part of your anklebone? Well, if you massage this area for about 30 seconds at 10-minute intervals, it'll boost your mood and decrease jet lag. And we're all for it because ain't nobody got time for jet lag when there are pastries to eat and beaches to explore.
Ideally, your flight is the calm before the storm, so embrace the quiet. Take a nap, read a book, listen to a relaxing app, or just meditate and center yourself for the upcoming journey. If you’re able to land in a positive mind frame your travels will be that much more enjoyable.
Opening photo by Lumina