How to Survive a Long Flight

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I'm sure we can all agree that traveling abroad is a life changing experience. It is fun and enlightening to interact with different cultures and people, try new things, and explore new places. That being said, long flights across the globe are exhausting, dehydrating, and uncomfortable. I've got some life changing tips to help make your flight a lot more comfortable so that you can start enjoying your trip before you even get off the plane. I've done all the hard work for you. I've set you up with what to pack in your carryon, what to wear on the plane, and a two week preparation plan so that you don't have to stress!

What to pack in your carryon

Bringing along some entertainment and comfort items will be essential to making your long flight more bearable. Over time, I have narrowed down my carryon must haves for ultimate inflight comfort.

01. Food and water

I strongly suggest bringing a reusable water bottle with a built in filtering system, some of your favorite snacks, and a pack of your favorite gum. The snacks and water will tide you over between (or in lieu of) airline provided meals and keep you hydrated while on the plane. The gum can help ensure you've got fresh breath, relieve some of the pressure in your ears, and also help to curb hunger and snack cravings. 

02. Comfort items

To keep you comfortable in those stiff airplane chairs, pack an eye mask and neck pillow, and be sure to ask for a blanket when you board. I always end up being very cold on the plane so I make sure to ask for a blanket and pack an extra layer in my carryon. If you are a light sleeper and have an especially long flight ahead of you, be sure to bring earplugs or very comfortable noise cancelling headphones as well.

03. Entertainment

Various forms of entertainment can help you pass the time if you're traveling solo or want to take a break from chatting with your traveling companions. Don't forget to pack a light book or a journal and pens, load up your phone with some good Spotify playlists (don't forget to download them for offline streaming!), or bring along your tablet or laptop to watch a movie on. Be sure to pack a pair of comfortable and easily portable headphones, you'll probably be wearing them for a couple hours at a time. My husband and I always bring a splitter along as well so that we can listen to the same music or watch a movie together as we travel.

04. Emergency essentials

Just in case your luggage doesn't make it onto the plane with you or something else crazy happens, you'll want to make sure to have some emergency essentials in your carryon. Things like a portable charger, an extra change of clothes, a small first aid kit, an emergency contact list with health info, and some cash are a great start. You never know when you or someone else might get injured, lost, or need some help. 

What to wear on the plane

Make sure to have comfortable shoes that are easy to remove and put back on. Remember, you'll be walking around large airports and passing through TSA checkpoints. You don't want to be that girl running in heels or struggling to lace up her boots after going through security. A cute pair of sneakers is ideal, you'll undoubtedly live in them during your stay. I recommend these Adidas, so comfy!

Be sure to have comfortable pants too, avoid high or tight waists. Boyfriend jeans, joggers, or cute leggings are a great option when you know you'll be sitting down for a long time. If you're going somewhere warmer, a knee-length shirt dress would work out nicely. Try to avoid tight waistbands and short skirts or dresses. You don't want to have to worry about showing off your unmentionables when reaching into the overhead bin or crouching down to put your shoes back on. I would also aim for clothing that doesn't wrinkle easily so you don't have to worry about looking too disheveled when you get off the plane.

When you're picking out your airplane outfit, think about the time of day and season where you are versus where you'll be going. Wearing easy layers to account for temperature changes might be necessary. Comfort is key here!

Your Two week preparation plan:

2 weeks before - Make a packing list and order anything you'll need. Check out the links above for all of my favorite essentials!

1 week before - Double check your packing list and pick up anything you might need last minute, wash what you'll be packing, tie up any loose ends before your trip.

1-3 days before - Up your water intake a bit to combat dehydration on the plane, moisturize your skin and exfoliate, check in for your flight and confirm your itinerary, print out your boarding pass, pack your luggage, buy fresh snacks.

The day of - Drink plenty of water, pack last minute items like your toothbrush and phone charger, take an Airborne or Emergen-C.

During your trip - It is important to keep well rested and do your best to eat well while you are traveling. The last thing you want is to suffer from exhaustion or an upset stomach because you neglected your body's needs. Remember to take another Airborne or Emergen-C before your return flight and be sure to drink plenty of water throughout your trip. Most importantly, enjoy yourself!

During the flight

If your flight is more than a couple of hours long I recommend you take some time to stretch. Sitting in the same cramped position for too long can take a big toll on your body. Don't be embarrassed to get up and have a quick stretch sesh or walk up and down the aisle once or twice. Drinking plenty of water will help you stay hydrated and avoid too much stiffness, plus it'll give you an excuse to get up (if you catch my drift)!

Take some time to rest while you're on the plane as well. Now is a great opportunity to get some sleep so you won't be as exhausted when you land. Bust out that neck pillow and eye mask and take a nap if you can.

Stay tuned for a few packing guides! I am working on putting together simple outfit ideas that work for any budget and any body. Plus, I'm breaking them up by climate, so you never have to think twice about what to bring along.

Here's to many happy and safe travels!

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