The old phrase; fail to prepare, prepare to fail is rather apt when it comes to flying. I’m travelling to Asia at the end of the month, so I’m preparing for a 17-hour solo flight. I'm a bit of shivering mess when it comes to flying so as sad as it sounds I like to make sure I'm super prepared. I used to wing it a lot more but I've realised it pays to do a little more prep. Here are a few tips that have helped me feel more relaxed and comfortable on my flight.
Minimise stress by making sure you have all your important documents printed and in the same place. It’s helpful to write a checklist of essentials to go over before you leave, just in case you missed something. Also, make sure you weigh your baggage before you leave to avoid paying excess baggage charges at check-in. For hand-luggage, I love my Amanda Mahi Leather Duffel bag. They personalise their bags with initials too which is a nice touch and easy to identify whilst travelling.
Bring an empty water bottle with you to fill up when you’re on the plane. I find the tiny cups of the water given out by the airline really frustrating. I usually drink it in five minutes (flights make me really dehydrated) and then you have to wait until the flight attendant has finished serving everyone before they can come over again. It's less hassle to bring your own water bottle and get it topped up as soon as you get on.
In terms of skincare, I like to bring a face wash and moisturiser on the flight to keep myself feeling a bit fresher and also keep my skin from drying out. I love Caudalie for light weight moisturisers. I also like to bring a bronzer to give myself a bit of a refresh before landing - Milani's instant glow powder is perfect for a quick touch up and leaves your skin looking glowy. For any liquids you bring, just make sure they’re under 100ml to be included in your hand-luggage.
Keep it light
I’m definitely guilty of over packing and carrying hand luggage that looks like it’s about to burst at the seams. Each and every time I do this I regret it as soon as I get to the airport. You end up standing in countless queues, browsing duty-free or scrabbling for your passport, and tbh you really don’t want to be lugging a heavy backpack all day. Usually you don’t need half the crap you put in your bag, so stick to the bare essentials.
Other Travel Essentials
Sleep mask - v handy if you don’t want to be woken up by someone turning on their light.
Headphones – great for the obvious, listening to music. Also handy to use in place of the plane headphones and for blocking out the general noise.
Compression socks - oh so essential if you want to avoid swollen feet and ankles when you get off your flight. These socks are honestly such a life saver on long-haul journeys! My favourite are HJ Hall's compression socks.
Magazine / book – good for relaxing and passing the time. I’m loving 'The Couple Next Door' by Shari Lapena at the moment, great read!
Neck pillow – I’ve just ordered a JIEMEI one from Amazon. I like this because you can pump it up yourself so it doesn’t take up much space in your bag. I’ve yet to try this one out on a flight, but all the reviews on Amazon were positive.
Currency card / bank card – It’s also great to have some cash on you in case there isn’t a cash point at the airport you’re travelling to and you need to catch a taxi, get a drink etc.
My Bag - Amanda Duffel Bag from Mahi Leather
Hopefully, this has helped you prepare for your flight. If you have any tips, please let me know!
Thanks for reading!