Flight Prep

How I Prepare for a Long Flight

The more I travel, the more I get used to being on planes for long periods of times—but, it wasn’t always this way. Long flights are hard! No matter how you put it, sitting on a plane for hours isn’t the most ideal way to spend our time, even if there’s a beautiful destination on the other end of the flight. I recently flew to Australia for some Summer Fridays work with Lauren and the team, and the travel was long but so worth it, of course.

At this point in my career, long flights have become more manageable, so I wanted to share some tips with you guys for the next time (or first time!) you find yourselves heading overseas. Keep on reading for more details on how I prepare for long-haul flights.

Stay Hydrated

For those in the 21 and over club, we’re all a little guilty of wanting a pre-travel glass of wine or cocktail here and there. Sadly, it doesn’t always work in our favor, especially if we’re in for a long flight. Stay hydrated and avoid alcohol if you know you’re going to be traveling for quite some time. Be sure to bring a bottle of water with you on your flight, and get some h2O from the flight team while in the air. Traveling is already dehydrating as it is due to cabin pressure, so we want to make our bodies do less work and stay hydrated from the inside out if possible. I also throw in some vitamin C packets into my bag if I’m not feeling my best and my immune system needs a boost. Trust me, I know we’ll all slip on this every now and then, and that’s okay—it’s just a general rule of thumb to keep in mind.

Throw On Your Cozy Clothes

Look, I know we all want to look our best, even when we’re traveling, but comfort comes first in this situation. The last thing you want is to spend all of your time on a plane feeling uncomfortable because of what you wore. Thankfully, there are so many trendy travel-friendly clothing staples on the market now. For long flights, I like to throw on a pair of sweats with a cozy sweater, and a light jacket. Planes tend to be a little colder than your average space, so I like to have layers to be safe. I almost always travel in sneakers for the sake of mobility and not putting any strain on my feet, and I make sure to bring a pair of plush socks along with me as well.

Monitor Your Sleep Schedule

Jet lag is so real. I try to stay on my sleep schedule as much as possible and I’ve gotten better at it even with my constant travels. Before I have a flight, I make sure that I’m well rested as well, because ending up in a different time zone when I’m exhausted is the last thing I want. I also like taking red-eye flights out of LA, so that I can catch some sleep on the plane no matter what. I make sure to bring a travel pillow along with me, as well as a sleeping mask, and either lavender oil or travel-sized spray.

Pack Carry-On Friendly Skincare Products

If you’re checking any bags, it’s fine to bring your full-sized beauty products along with you, but it’s a good idea to bring some in a carry-on bag as well. I like to take care of my skin while I’m still on a plane because the dehydration is no joke. I always bring along my Jet Lag Mask, of course, because not only is it TSA-friendly, but it’s super hydrating as well. I’ll also bring an eye mask and face mist so that I don’t look too tired upon landing.

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