Travel is easily one of my favorite things in the world. I love seeing new places, revisiting old favorites, and learning about so much culture and history. I think travel is an incredibly important thing for anyone to do, whether it be a short little drive out of town or a move halfway around the world.
If you are heading somewhere across the ocean, however, a long flight is usually involved. And while I love travelling, there is really nothing I dislike more than long-haul flights. I hate sitting cramped in one seat for so long, I generally hate airplane food, I hate the dry recirculated air, the always-freezing temperatures... I am a bit ashamed to admit the list goes on and on, considering how lovely the end result is.
I have moved overseas (and back) twice in the past two years, so I would like to think that I at least have my in-flight ritual finely tuned enough to make the experience somewhat bearable. Here are a few tips and a few (quite a few) essential supplies to make sitting on a plane for 8+ hours if not pleasant, then at least not unpleaseant. It's a work in progress!
1. Bring an empty water bottle. Once I'm through security, I usually stop by Starbucks for a coffee anyways, and while I'm there, I ask the barista to fill my water bottle- they've always been obliging.
2. Pack an abbreviated version of your nighttime routine. For me, this includes makeup towelettes and sample sizes of toner and moisturiser. I use these three before I try and get some sleep, and again when we're close to landing with the addition of eye cream.
3. Keep refreshed. Throughout the flight, I constantly reapply hand cream and lip balm because the air is so dry. Eye drops come in handy too.
4. Sleeping comfortably might look nerdy (but I don't care). I used to not use an eye mask or neck pillow on planes because I didn't want the people around me to judge me, but I have discovered that when it comes to long-haul flights, I just really don't care. The seats don't lean back far enough to be truly comfortable, and the cabin doesn't quite get dark enough. These two things help tremendously.
5. Bring makeup basics so you're ready to disembark. It's a hassle to put on a full face of makeup while sitting in a plane seat (and to be honest, after a long flight, I'm not usually feeling it), but putting on a few simple products does wonders for my mood when I step off the plane. I usually stick with tinted moisturiser, concealer, powder, blush, and mascara.
These are just a few things I do to help make a long flight more bearable. Other personal preferences include good headphones, a few movies downloaded onto my iPad, and a couple Tylenol PM to make sleeping a tiny bit easier.
How do you survive long-haul flights?