Long flights allow us to see the world. A day, maybe two of travel, and you can cross oceans.
But somehow, this luxurious cross-continental travel is actually quite grueling. I’m not a city person and I despise the tense, bleak conditions every airport seems to have. Packing. Driving. Parking/Dropping off. Security. Waiting. Boarding. Waiting. Taking Off. Waiting. Landing. Waiting. Walking. (Repeat if there’s a layover.) You know how it goes.
The destination is always worth it, but I’ve found some ways to make the journey a bit more appealing.
Pack strategically for security.
If I can help it, I’ll leave my laptop at home. Then there’s one less thing I have to quickly pull out while the line behind me gets longer. If I’m bringing my camera, I’ll carry it around my shoulder before security, and once through, pack it in my backpack for safe storage. If I do bring my laptop, I’ll put it in my carry on suitcase after security so it doesn’t add weight to my backpack.
Bring your favorite snacks and entertainment.
I love the Biscoff cookies I get on the plane and there’s usually a nice selection of movies, but it’s nice to have my favorite foods and entertainment with me. I actually brought my own Biscoff cookies last time just so I could have extra. (I told you I love them.) I also bring an empty water bottle so I can fill it up after security. You can even ask flight attendants to fill it for you on the plane. I’d rather drink too much than be dehydrated and cranky on a long trip. I also download a bunch of Criminal podcasts
and audio books so I can close my eyes and listen to something to pass the time.
Place your most frequently used items in an accessible place.
If you have a favorite lotion, or a sweatshirt you love to curl up in, bring it with you. Whether I’m on the plane or at my destination, having my familiar essentials with me makes all the difference. I’ll throw a yummy chapstick in the small pocket on my backpack, and make sure I’ve got a travel sized lotion I love. I’ll pack my sweatshirt in my backpack too and try to place my items in a convenient place so I won’t be discouraged from using them. This helps me feel at ease and makes the eight plus hours on the plane feel a tad more like home.
Don’t forget to put your toothbrush, tooth paste, deodorant, makeup remover, and wet wipes in your carry on.
During long flights, I follow my routine. If it’s a red eye, I’ll take off my makeup and brush my teeth before trying to catch some rest. Before we land, I’ll brush my teeth again, put on moisturizer, and maybe even change my clothes. This allows me to feel fresh and rejuvenated, regardless of the amount of sleep I got. Wet wipes are handy if you’re feeling sticky or want to wipe down the tray at your seat on the plane.
My Favorite Travel Essentials:
Packing Cubes – AmazonBasics 4 Piece Packing Travel Organizer Cubes Set – Grey
Makeup Removing Wipes – Neutrogena Makeup Removing Wipes, 25 Count, Twin Pack
Disposable Toothbrush for the Plane – Colgate Max Fresh Wisp Disposable Mini Toothbrush, Peppermint – 24 Count (4 Pack)
Hydro Flask Water Bottle – Hydro Flask 24 oz Water Bottle – Stainless Steel & Vacuum Insulated – Standard Mouth with Leak Proof Flex Cap – Cobalt
Travel wipes – Flushable Wet Wipes for Travel by Go on the Go – Biodegradable, Alcohol-Free, with Soothing Aloe and Calendula, 12 packs of 15 count Each (180 Wipes Total)