Whether your taking a short commute or a long-haul flight around the globe, there are preparations you can take to ensure a smoother and more comfortable journey. These apply to any class of travel.
Choose your travel clothes based on comfort and destination. Airplane temperatures tend to be a bit chilly, so dress in loose layers and always take a simple jacket or shawl with you. Avoid belts, hats, or excessive jewellery – not only can these slow you down when you’re passing through security but you can risk losing jewellery during your flight (this happened to me en route to JFK – 0.50ct diamond stud vanished!!! I woke up to realise that due to swelling, the earring had simple popped off! 🙁 I cried. If you do wear earrings, make sure they are cheap ones, or screw back studs).
When it comes to airport attire, I try to stay smart casual. I prefer baggy comfy clothing so that I can relax easily on the flight. But then again I have travelled in jeans before and was equally as comfortable (albeit this was probably due to the fact that I was on Business Class).
If you’re landing in a destination with a different climate, either travel in the required clothes to begin with or have a change of clothes ready. It’s always a good idea to pack some flip flops in your carry on as these can be a life saver if you’re prone to swelling like me.
Pack Hygiene Products
Pack a small zipper storage bag with the essentials: toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash, hairbrush, face wipes, antibacterial wipes for the tray table and surrounding areas, antibacterial gel.
Using these during or after the flight can perk you up and leave you feeling refreshed and ready to face your journey ahead.
Drink Plenty of Water
Drink lots of water the night before, and during your flight. Aircraft air conditioning can really mess up your skin and fluid levels, and thus, knock your body out of it’s natural equilibrium.
By drinking plenty of water you will be reducing the adverse effects of flying. Also, by drinking so much water, you will have to keep getting up to use the toilet, which is not a bad thing, as we all know the health risks associated with flying and poor blood circulation.
Avoid the Bar
Alcohol during a flight can be tempting but it’s better to minimise your consumption as alcohol dehydrates you and makes you more susceptible to illness.
Try herbal tea instead – it will help you stay hydrated and soothes nerves.
This rule applies to airlines that offer free snacks too! There’s nothing more annoying then waking up from a nap and feeling a bit peckish, only to realise that the flight attendants are all pre-occupied.
No matter how short your flight is, chances are you’ll get hungry. Pack some easy snacks – trail mix, nuts, raisons, chocolate.
Avoid cheeses or smoked fish as these can disrupt your neighbours. With regard to fresh fruit, check with the airline first, as many don’t permit them onboard.