Ways to Improve Your In-Flight Experience
We are here to give you a few simple tips to ease the burden when you take to the skies and possibly even make your travels downright enjoyable!
Sure, you may want to step off the plane looking fabulous in your jeans or new dress – but you don’t want to sit for an extended period in them. Think comfort and ease, whether it’s your favorite wrinkle-free trousers, relaxed fit pants, or loose fitting shirt. Don’t discount comfortable footwear either. Bring a pair of foldable slippers. It’s very common to retain water weight on planes, puffing up in the ankles, hands and feet, so low profile or flat footwear with some room are best. It may also be a good idea to wear compression socks, gloves or other compression garment to keep the swelling down. We recommend consulting with your care provider before acquiring the compression wear.
Don’t forget to layer! Consider the air-conditioning of the airplane, and then your arrival destination. If they’re vastly different, pack a spare outfit in your carry-on to change into prior to landing. This is also another option for getting ready to sleep.
Getting Ready – For Sleep
If you’re on an overnight flight, increase the odds of getting some sleep with a good sleep mask, neck pillow, and earplugs. We always bring a large blanket scarf, pashmina or jacket when we travel, which in a pinch can be used as a pillow or a blanket.
You may want to pack a spare casual sleepwear outfit in your carry-on to change into before settling in for that overnight flight.
Bringing extra snacks means you’re not at the mercy of the busy flight attendants, and you can stay satiated (and hydrated) on your own timeline. This will also keep the impulse snack purchases to a minimum, saving both your credit card and your sodium levels.
And I’m not talking about drinking water. Bring moisturizer, lip moisturizer for your lips and even Vaseline for the inside of your nose. The recirculated air on airplanes is notoriously drying, and between that and the decreased blood flow thanks to your 30,000ft altitude, your skin may suffer. One of my personal favorites is the travel size Jane Iredale hydration, for a quick and refreshing pick-me-up mist.
Bring your own headphones, not only to be able to connect to the inflight movies (if your headphones are still compatible with the in-seat port) but to fend off chatty neighbors. Are the headphones even plugged into anything? Only you know, but it sends a clear message that you’re not available for conversation.
Consider acquiring a inflight blue tooth compatible transmitter plug in for you wireless headphones. This allows you to share with your travel companions or just stay connected for yourself.
Clean it Up
Bring your own travel set of Lysol wipes and hand sanitizer, and ensure you give your seat tray and armrests a thorough wipe down before settling in. There’s often a very short time when turning around a plane, and rarely do they receive deep cleaning treatments.
Packing finger tooth brushes, travel toothbrush, toothpaste, disposable makeup remover, disposable washcloths, travel deodorant packets are always a great idea for stepping off your flight refreshed.
For more flying tips, reach out to us directly, and we can get you a list of our personal favorites for your next vacation.