We all know that flights are not the highlight of any trip. Whether a short commute or a long-haul flight around the globe, there are preparations you can take to ensure a smoother and more comfortable journey.
Here are my top things to do before a flight!
– – Dress Well – –
Choose your travel clothes based on comfort and destination. Airplane temperatures can be a bit chilly, so dress in loose layers and keep a simple jacket or sarong in your carry-on bag. Opt out of belts, hats, or excessive jewelry—these can slow you down when you’re passing through security.
Choose baggy, comfy clothing so you can relax easily on your flight—imagine being crammed in a cabin for six hours in tight jeans!
If you’re landing in a destination with a different climate, have a change of clothes ready. If you’re headed to a Caribbean beach, carry sandals and shorts so you can change on arrival. If you’re landing where there is snow, be sure to make room for a sweater.
– – Pack Hygiene Products – –
There’s something magical about toothpaste and a wet washcloth—they can brighten your day. Pack a small zipper storage bag with the essentials: toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash, hairbrush, and facial wipes.
Using these during or after the flight can perk you up and leave you feeling refreshed and ready to face your new settings (and jet lag, if need be).
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– – Drink Liquids – –
Drink lots of water before and during your flight. Aircraft air conditioning can mess up your skin and fluid levels, and knock your body out of its natural equilibrium.
Pack a refillable water bottle or empty container, and fill it at the fountain after you’ve passed security.
– – Avoid the Bar – –
Yes, alcohol during the flight can be tempting—especially if you’re traveling with your mates—but on an airplane, it’s better to minimize your consumption. Alcohol dehydrates you and makes you more susceptible to illness.
Try herbal tea instead—it helps you stay hydrated and soothes nerves.
– – Pack Snacks – –
No matter how short your flight is, chances are you’ll get hungry. Pack some easy snacks—trail mix, nuts, raisins, chocolate.
Avoid smelly cheeses or smoked fish—these can disrupt your neighbors. And don’t bring fresh fruits and vegetables—many airlines don’t permit them onboard.