You will find me on a plane at least once every six weeks so I’m definitely a frequent flyer. I do it so my husband and I can have time together (he travels for work) and to stay in touch with family and friends, many of whom are spread all over the world.
Over the years I’ve learned some easy ways to make flying easier on both body and soul. These simple air travel tips can really enhance your next flying experience and get your trip – whether its business or pleasure – off to a great start.
1. Get enough rest before you leave
Although I don’t always follow my own advice on this one, it’s a good idea to make sure you are well rested before flying. Airports can be stressful places and being tired and grumpy really doesn’t help.
2. Pamper yourself a bit
Flying – particularly frequently – can leave you with dry skin and hair. Use a richer facial moisturiser or a serum and moisturiser during the week before you leave and don’t forget to use a rich body lotion as well. If you have the time/budget for a professional facial, this is a great time to have one. Be sure to deep condition your hair at least once the week before you fly and use a leave in conditioner on the day you travel. Take travel sizes of these products with you to use after the flight as well.
3. Pack as lightly as you possibly can.
Having to haul loads of heavy suitcases around is never any fun. If you plan to shop while you are away you can pack a smaller bag inside a larger bag to at least cut down on your luggage on the outbound leg of your journey.
4. Drink lots of water.
Alcohol and caffeine are incredibly dehydrating so drink them in moderation, if at all. Still water is absolutely the best thing you can drink in flight (fizzy water can cause bloating, particularly at high altitudes). If you are a nervous flyer and like to have a drink to relax, discuss natural remedies with your doctor. I have used Bach’s Rescue Remedy during stressful situations for years and although I’m a pretty seasoned flyer, you will always find a bottle of it in my carry on luggage.
Unless it’s a very short flight, do take the opportunity for a nap if you possibly can. If you are travelling with kids it can be challenging but it’s a great idea to encourage them to nap as well. (I’ve been known to negotiate a nap with the promise of a treat later.) Even a half hour of shut eye can help particularly if there will be a big time difference when you land.
Flying doesn’t have to be stressful and I can honestly say that on most occasions I really enjoy it. By following these simple air travel tips you can too.