Hi there, long time no talk! Hopefully you all have made it through the worst of this last year and are ready to start traveling again! I don’t know about you, but COVID-19 really put things into perspective for me – one of them being how much I enjoy the freedom of traveling to new places and how much I took that for granted before.
I know it’s been a while since I’ve written a blog post, and for that I apologize, but I have a lot of new life updates for you that I think you’ll be pretty excited about. If you follow me on Instagram, you might have figured out that I recently moved to El Salvador. Crazy right? I will have a complete blog post about that coming soon, but for the time being, I thought I would start with something a little shorter.
If you’ve been following me for some time, you know how frequently I’m on a plane and how much I love to travel, so I figured that since people have been able to get vaccinated and travel is starting to pick back up, I would share how I make long flights more manageable. Keep reading as I share some tips with you guys for the next time you find yourselves heading overseas.
HYDRATION IS KEY
Heading on vacation with some friends? Have a little anxiety when flying? While a pre-travel cocktail always sounds like a great idea, it doesn’t always work in our favor, especially for a long flight. Stay hydrated and be sure to bring a bottle of water with you on your flight, and always accept water from your flight team when offered. Traveling is already so dehydrating due to cabin pressure, so give your body a break and stay as hydrated as possible from the inside out. I like to bring a reusable water bottle to the airport and fill it up once I’m through security as this not only allows you endless refills before your flight, but it is also cost-effective and eco-friendly. I’ve been really into Liquid IV’s before and during my flight for extra hydration and electrolyte boost.
I also like to take care of my skin while I’m on the plane because dehydrated skin isn’t cute. Yes – I’m that girl that has a face mask, eye cream, hand cream and everything in between on while I’m flying. There is no shame in my game when I land and my skin is plump and hydrated while everyone else looks like the Sahara desert.
WEAR SOMETHING COMFORTABLE
If anyone understands wanting to look cute for the gram (especially after not being able to travel for so long) – it’s me, but when it comes to long flights, skip the airport photoshoot and opt for comfortable attire. Being uncomfortable on a long flight is the last thing you need. Thankfully, after a year of staying at home, matching sweat pant sets made a comeback. For long flights, I like to throw on a pair of sweats with a cozy sweater or comfortable athleisure, a light jacket and some slip on sneakers (APL are my favorite). Planes tend to be a little cold, so I like to have layers to be safe. I’m also that girl that brings fluffy socks to wear when I want to take a nap and not be in my shoes anymore.
PLAN YOUR SLEEP SCHEDULE
Skip the jet lag by planning out your sleep schedule. If you’re taking a red eye, and it’s going to be morning when you land, try your best to get some rest on the plane so that when you land, you’re better able to adjust to the time and hit the ground running. I always plan my flight times around when I’m going to land at my destination in order to avoid jet lag at all costs. Make sure to bring a travel pillow, as well as a sleeping mask, and melatonin (if you need help getting to sleep).