Back in the summer I put out a blog titled “how to prep your life for a trip” and it received so may views which got me thinking… ok, you guys like this type of content! Perfect for me!
I’ve done a good deal of traveling in my lifetime but somehow I’ve never talked about how to make an abroad flight more enjoyable. Because let’s be honest, most long international flights are kinda the worst – don’t you think?! Believe it or not, there are some things you can do to make your flight more comfortable and even make the time go by faster! If you have a big flight on your itinerary this seaon (or anytime), you’re going to want these tips in your life, trust me! I really hope those guests coming to our wedding in Jamaica are reading this!
First and foremost, you definitely want to make sure you’re wearing comfortable clothes! I totally get the temptation to want to show up to your destination looking super stylish and trendy but remember, you’re going to be sitting in a tiny chair for a long period of time. So tight pants or restricting tops, HARD PASS. You can still look cute without going over the top. For my trip to Portugal, I usually lean towards a basic tee and jean jacket, leggings with sneakers. Easy peasy and so comfy!
Side note / total life hack… if I’m jetting off to a warm climate but leaving Canada in the winter, I do something very specific. I will wear my leggings, my tee and sneakers but in my carry on I pack shorts and flip flops. While we are waiting at the baggage claim I sneak off to the bathroom and do a quick outfit change (it’s better than staring at an empty baggage carousal and I have the smallest bladder anyways and likely could use a bathroom break at the same time). Also, if I have my winter jacket, I bring it with me instead of leaving it in the car at the airport. How are you going to get from the terminal to your car without your jacket in the first place? Before I check my bags, I lay my winter jacket flat between the two zipper sections of my suitcase and I leave it there when we get to our destination and do the same on the way back. Laying it between the two section and not in a compartment makes for easy access when I land.
Most airlines come stacked with a great movie and TV show selection, but just in case you’re not into any of the options or you’ve watched everything you’re interested in- come prepared with your own entertainment. And don’t always assume planes have WiFi because sometimes they don’t – especially if you’re crossing major bodies of water. Pack that stack of books you’ve been wanting to read but haven’t, download any shows and movies you’ve been wanting to see, catch up on your podcasts or games you can play without WiFi – or I honestly like working on long flights because I kinda get into the groove and am not distracted. Once you get into something and find yourself distracted, the flight will go by just like that!
Getting on the plane tired.
I once took an evening flight out of Vegas back to Toronto in an attempt to sleep on the plane. Because not only is sleep a great way to kill time on a long flight, it can also help avoid jet lag. I feel like you can trick your body into thinking it’s not in a completely different time zone if you time your flight’s departure/arrival time right. I failed majorly with this on my trip because I barely slept at all, but if you can book a red eye and sleep most of the way, I think it definitely helps make the whole process of traveling way easier (especially if you’re going ahead or behind your normal time zone).
I’d suggest bringing elements that will make sleep a little easier – hopefully – like noise-canceling headphones, an eye mask, a comfy neck pillow + blanket, and SOCKS. Gotta have socks!
There’s nothing worse than being stuck on a super long flight only to realize you don’t have something you need. Whether it’s food, medicationss or a neck pillow, it’s best to be over prepared in my experience. I’d MUCH rather over pack and have stuff I don’t end up using than be on a 7-hour flight without one of my must-haves. To make sure you have all the carry-on essentials you need, make your own list that you can always check off before packing. One less thing to do on the way home, too!
Buy or prep snacks.
This girl likes to eat. Not only does it make a long flight more fun, but obviously more enjoyable. It kinda depends how much time I have before traveling but if I have extra time, I like to bring somewhat healthy snacks like my own trail mix and some fruit. You can usually buy this at the airport too, but it’s a lot more expensive obviously. And TBH, I always feel better physically and energy wise if I bring my own food. Even packing a sandwich on whole wheat bread will make you feel a lot better than whatever they’re offering on the plane (usually super sodium-heavy and blahhh). Just please, for the love of your passengers, don’t bring smelly foods with you!
Get up often.
I notice a huge change in my body if I spend a long flight sitting the whole time. And obviously I’m not walking the aisles 24/7, but I do try to get up often to at least get my legs moving and stretch a little bit.
Make friends with the crew.
From the moment you step into the airport, be kind to the people working at the airlines. Hopefully this is obvious, but I’ve seen people at the check-in desk and flight attendants be treated SO horribly. Kindness goes a long way though! I’ve even been able to get bumped up to a nicer seat for literally just being kind. And at the least, be nice to the flight crew – you might end up with a free glass of wine, an extra pillow, etc. – or at least a more pleasant experience and someone to talk to for a minute.
Don’t check your chargers.
There’s nothing worse than your iPad or whatever dying mid flight. Before you board the plane, ask the front desk people if the plane has chargers (MOST planes do these days, especially ones for longer flights). If they don’t, charge away as you wait to board. But I always am sure to bring my chargers in my carry on so that I can recharge before taking off or during the flight. Don’t forget to charge your headphones if needed (like Airpods)!
Being hydrated (both skin and body) is one of the most underestimated ways to keep yourself feeling good during and after an abroad flight. If you’ve ever gotten off a plane and had a headache or a scratchy throat, drinking tons of water while in-flight can be a total game changer! And if your skin feels tight and extra dry, you definitely want to layer up the moisturizer to keep it quenched the whole trip!
That’s about it for my travel suggestions at the moment.
Let me know what you do on flights to pass the time and have a more relaxing journey?
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