Let’s be completely honest, long haul flights are not fun. I say this with heart as I sit writing this at 31,000 ft. No matter where you are on the plane, no matter what class you are in, your skin will dry out until it is a prune and you will get bored if you forgot to download your current favourite show and the choices on board are less than tempting to say the least.
As wedding and holiday season begins so does the travel. I travel quite a lot and as I was sitting here disinfecting my entire seat area (yes I do, and you should too) I thought why not share a few more tips and tricks that I have learned with all of you along with some beauty and practical essentials that you should give a go on your next flight.
Let’s start with the obvious. Planes are DISGUSTING. Germ city. So the first thing I always do before I sit down or once I get comfortable is wipe down EVERYTHING. These EO Hand Sanitizing wipes are great and also have a levender scent to accompany the champagne you have already ordered to calm you down if you are like me and flying makes you a little nervous.
The day before you have to travel, download your favourite show to your iPad or computer to watch on the plane as backup. Most planes have a decent selection to keep you from staring at the seatbelt sign, but you can’t always count on that. This seems like an obvious tip but I can’t tell you how many times I have forgotten to do it and then the morning I’m to leave I am scrambling to make sure I have something to watch. Also, a book should not go amiss on a long haul flight. Nothing makes you forget time like getting lost in pages.
Lipbalm seems obvious but it really is an absolute essential! My favourites at the moment are Glossier BalmDotCom and La Mer’s Baume de La Mer. I love to take both and have the minty scneted La Mer for the flight as the scent is fresh and soothing and the Balm Dot Com for departure and arrival to look put together with a touch of colour without actually applying any makeup.
I have gone on and on about this thermal water and so has anyone else who’s tried it and for good reason. The Avène Eau Thermale is THE BEST and I don’t dare board a flight without it. The small, Heathrow friendly size is normally right next to the the large size at Boots and I always grab both when I’m there. Spritz this on right before you moisturize on the plane for an added moisture surge. This thermal water is also a lifesaver if you start to feel slightly in onboard. Spritz it on to cool you down.
Eye cream is something that you can’t board a flight without and your eyes will thank you for it when you arrive at your destination looking like you’ve slept a full eight hours. The Lancôme Énergie de Vie is “tiny plastic bag” friendly and leaves your eyes feeling refreshed and moisturised. Also, it is hands free which is great on a plane when you want to touch your face as little as possible.
Chanel La Créme Main will always be in my handbag. Forever and ever. I can not recommend this hand cream enough. It nourishes and is keeps your hands smooth and soft for the whole 10-18 hours you have to be trapped on that metal bird. If you are on a budget, the EOS hand cream is amazing as well and works amazing.
Lastly, H2O!!!!! I can’t stress enough how important it is to drink as much water as possible on a plane. I have gone without it and my skin has been tortured because of it. I’m not goint to act like I’m a saint and don’t accept that pre-departure champagne on the plane, but I level it out with loads of water. Ask a flight attendant when you get on board for a full bottle and if you are lucky they will give you one. But come prepared with a reusable water bottle filled and ready to go. This 1L bkr is perfect to fill up post security.