Last year I traveled a lot more than usual and the majority of my trips being long haul trips, I thought I’d share a few tips that would help me look and feel refreshed afterwards. long flights and sharing travel essentials that are a must in my carry-on baggage. My trusted pink Longchamp bag has been to Hong Kong, Australia and all over Europe and continues to outlast the travel and the content I tend to throw away. This is from someone packing everything but the kitchen sink and the straps still intact!
In addition to having a magazine, a book, or the iPad, I have always packed items that I can easily access once on board the flight and that will allow me to relax and rest easily. Below are some of the tips that have helped me and which will hopefully help you feel more rested after long haul flights:
1. H2O – Drink lots of water. Travel can be dehydrating, especially on long-haul trips. Dehydration can also mean dry, mushy skin when you land, so drink as much water as possible before and during your flight.
2. Get some sleep. If you are traveling long distances, I tend to choose flights that depart at night, but even if you are leaving in the morning or afternoon, try to get as much sleep as possible on the flight to help align your habits. of sleep in the time zone of your destination. Resting during the flight also reduces the effects of jet lag when you arrive.
3. Take off your makeup. When traveling long distances, wear as little makeup as possible. Usually eyebrow pencil and mascara are about as much as I wear when traveling long distances. This way, you don’t have to spend forever removing everything when you get on the flight. I also found that the air from the flights somehow helps the makeup to clog the pores. If you wear makeup, having wipes in your bag or carry-on gives you quick access to help remove makeup.
4. Wrap the hair to avoid dry hair. For that refreshed look when you get off the plane, I find that wrapping the hair or a simple braid and tuck back helps release the moisture back so that when you unfold the hair as you get off the flight you reduce the effect of the bed hairs and add some bulk. at the same time.
5. Cleanse, tone, moisturize. It is obvious. Your skin is always brighter and more glowing when you take care of it. As fun as the trip is, the flight can dry on the skin. I usually have oily to combination skin, but the flight can sometimes produce excess oil and sometimes dry out on longer flights. I still find that removing makeup, cleansing, toning, and moisturizing properly helps counter the effects of drying air on the plane.
6. Be comfortable. Let’s face it, airplane seats aren’t the most comfortable things, are they? So, those little things that you bring with you can go a long way in making your flight a little more comfortable and bearable enough that you can rest during long flights. So, a shawl, scarf or scarf can keep you warm when they blow that cold air as well as trusty cashmere socks. Also make sure to wear comfortable shoes when flying. These are just a few of the essentials that I always pack to make the trip a little more comfortable.
My in-flight routine
In flight – Shortly after take off, I sneak into the bathroom to remove my makeup, either with a cleanser / toner, my Ren warm cloth cleanser, or with wipes, depending on what I packed to the time. I remove all makeup and hydrate. I currently dance between Elizabeth Arden and Decleor moisturizers as they are the only ones that seem to agree with me and not make my skin too oily. Then I brush my teeth and wrap my hair. By the time I return to my seat, I feel refreshed and my seat mates usually think it’s a different person sitting next to them as I show up with a silk scarf wrapped around my hair.
Before arriving – About 30 to hours minutes before landing. I stealthily return to the bathroom. Refresh with wipes, moisturize (if I use tinted moisturizer, I use my MAC Tinted Cream with 30 SPF), do not braid or detangle my hair, apply a little oil or moisturizer to my hair depending on the current hairstyle, and brush my teeth. Next, I apply my eyebrow pencil and some mascara and I’m good to go!
Travel staples that I pack in my carry-on for long journeys
Longchamp travel bag. This is usually my primary carry-on baggage when I travel, especially if I have checked baggage. It’s big enough that I can fill it with all of my travel essentials I need for in-flight comfort, as well as anything I might need for layovers while my main suitcase is transferred to the next flight . I also love that it folds down to the size of a small purse so that if I travel light, but be aware that I will come back with more than what I went with, it’s perfect for bringing back goodies without have to take an empty suitcase with me.
Facial wipes. This and the hand sanitizer are always in my purse or carry-on luggage. These are also great for wiping germs off the seat handles and hands of people you may have checked out during the day, can you tell I’m a germaphobe ?!
Sleeping eye mask. I am a light sleeper and find that very little things can interfere with my sleep. I can’t really avoid the noise during the flight, but I can definitely keep these from turning their lights on and off when reading or looking around during the flight, so I tend to pack a sleep mask. in my carry-on in case I need help sleeping.
This pillow spray works. I have the smallest pillow spray, but last Christmas my boyfriend bought me a gift set from This Works which included the pillow spray among their bath tubs and a few other items. I tell you that it works !! I am not only a light sleeper but also an insomniac. During the flight, I usually spray a little on my eye mask, travel pillow, or spray it on a tissue and just sit with that on my nose and relax to sleep. Perfect for long-haul flights when you want to sleep and align with the destination time zone.
Silk scarf. I have a few silk and satin scarves that I turn and travel with. Air conditioning on flights can dry out not only your skin, but your hair as well. I usually find it to wrap your hair and tie a silk or satin scarf over your head to help retain moisture in the hair when traveling long distances. Returning moisture back to your hair also means you’ll look refreshed when you finally get off the plane.