A plane is often the only thing that separates us from a much-desired vacation. ❤ But flights are a serious test for our skin.
In this post we will tell you what to take on a plane to spend the flight as comfortable as possible, and how to care for your skin at altitude in order to fly beautiful.
Before the flight
- 3-5 days before the flight, it is useful to take aspirin 1 tablet per day.
At altitude, the blood thickens strongly and decreases in volume by 1 liter for every 3 hours of flight. Add to this the almost complete lack of movement on the plane. All this greatly increases the risk of blood clots, not to mention discomfort, especially in the legs. Aspirin dilutes blood well and reduces the risk of blood clots during and after the flight.
- 3-5 days before the flight, take vitamins C and B.
In order not to catch a cold on the road. It’s often cold on airplanes and drafts. Plus climate change upon arrival. Acclimatization is often difficult for the body. Vitamin C and B vitamins in a good way “give a kick” to the immune system.
As much as possible moisturize the skin on the eve of flight - at night or right before departure. Apply a good intensely moisturizing mask, moisturizing serum and cream. And also - get some water, the more the better.
When buying tickets for a comfortable trip, it is worth considering several nuances:
- Try to buy direct flights to your destination. If you fly with a change, then try to buy a ticket with a minimum transfer time. For a comfortable transfer, in my opinion, it takes 1.5-3 hours between flights. Usually flights with convenient transfers sell out much faster than flights with transfers of 7-15 hours. Still, if you fly in the summer through a European city, where during a long transplant you can ride to see the city. And if it is a cold winter, then you simply sit all this time at the airport.
- Choose the right type of aircraft. When buying airline tickets, I always look at the type of aircraft on which I have to fly. I try to avoid flying old Boeing and propeller aircraft. Not only am I afraid of flying on propeller-driven airplanes, but their cruising speed is much lower than that of airplanes with turbojet engines, which means that you will stay in the air much longer.
For example, when we were planning to fly from Prague to Riga, one of the flight options on the Aviasales website was a LOT flight with a transfer in Warsaw, so the second part of the route was supposed to be on a De Havilland dhc-8 helicopter. We did not like it, and we bought a flight to Riga from Berlin. It cost less, the flight took place on a modern Airbus A319, and we also spent the whole day in Berlin.
If possible, always buy airline tickets for modern type aircraft Airbus A350 or Boeing 787, or on planes that are only 2-3 years old. In such aircraft, the air is better conditioned, and the flight is easier to carry.
It is worth considering such a moment that airlines buy airplanes with different seats and different pitch between the rows of seats. I remember how so many seats were crammed in Transaero Airlines that even a three-hour flight was very difficult to survive. Ksenia once flew an Alma-Ata-Moscow night flight on a Transaero plane, so the seats didn’t recline there, and after this flight she was awfully sleepy. But we survived the hours-long flight from Munich to Phuket by Qatar Airlines with a change in Doha quite well, because the step between the rows of seats is large, and the Qatari people put the most comfortable Rekarov chairs.
Pack your luggage and carry-on bag correctly
The first thing to do when preparing for the flight is to properly pack your suitcase and carry-on baggage. We put everything that you don’t need in flight into a suitcase.
If you have few things, you can put everything in a small bag or backpack. If you fly without luggage, or you need a lot of things in flight, it is better to take a special suitcase for hand luggage.
In the hand luggage we put everything necessary for the flight:
- Documents: passport, visa, driver's license, insurance, hotel reservation, printed ticket and boarding pass. It is better to put the documents in some thick, lockable envelope so that the documents are not lost in the bag, and if necessary, they were easy to remove.
- Gadgets: laptop, phone, camera, headphones, clock, powerbank. And all the chargers are to them. Do not forget charge all gadgets and upload new films, series and music.
- A small set of products for the flight: banana, apple, fruit-nut mixture (dried fruits), chocolate, lollipops, chewing gum, sandwiches. At airports, this is all expensive, and you may want to eat at any time.
- First aid kit and personal care products: toothbrush, glasses, paste, wet wipes, regular wipes. Medications for abdominal pain, heartburn, headache, allergies, bandage, patch, activated charcoal. Drops for nose and nasal moisturizer. During the flight, due to unusual pressure, many have bloating, and activated charcoal can save you.
- Things that come in handy at the airport or during flight: sunglasses, umbrella, pen, spoon for shoes, pillow.
- Things that may come in handy for the first time in case of possible loss of baggage or when baggage is late: I usually take a clean T-shirt, flip flops, several pairs of socks, a sweatshirt with a hood.
Now measure and weigh checked baggage and carry-on baggage. And compare the results with the baggage allowance of the airline you fly. It happens that the baggage allowance may be incorrectly indicated on the ticket, and it is better to get accurate information on the airline’s official website.
If you think that extra 2-3 kg in hand luggage or a suitcase will not interest anyone, then you are mistaken. Baggage is always weighed; carry-on baggage is weighed less often. And if you have extra pounds, then you will have to pay extra for them, it happens that for 2-3 kg airlines require you to pay 100 Euro. I have seen many times how, at airports, during check-in, tourists set up a circus with horses, moving things around. It takes a lot of time when people fly on a charter, have already wrapped their luggage with protective film, and they have to tear the film, figure out where to put things, swearing, mats are around, and the queue does not move. And imagine, after such shifts, people on the nerves who are tired should still fly.
1. The best place in the cabin is at the window
Choosing a place near the window, you kill several birds with one stone: firstly, you can lean against the wall to take a nap, and secondly, the neighbors will not bother you to go out. And of course, you will be provided with a wonderful view.
2. Choose comfortable clothing
The times when the most sophisticated outfits were chosen for traveling by plane have long passed - give preference to comfortable and convenient clothes that will not hamper your movements.
During long flights, the temperature in the cabin can change, so it’s best to dress in “layers”, e.g. shirt, sweater, sweatshirt. Do not forget to bring warm socks with you so that you can take off your shoes and not freeze.
3. Take water with you, eliminate caffeine and alcohol
To avoid dehydration, do not forget to drink plenty of water during the flight. The glasses that the stewardesses offer are not too big, and in order not to wait again, it is better to stock up with several bottles of water (do not forget to buy it only after checking the baggage).
Better to Stop Caffeinated Drinks: it prevents sleep, increases dehydration. Alcohol may relieve stress a little, but can also lead to dehydration and lethargy.
4. Take care of your face
On board an airplane there is a very low level of humidity, which is why our skin suffers first of all. To avoid discomfort, follow these tips:
- Direct the air flow of the air conditioner where it is suitable, except for the face.
- If the skin starts to shine, wipe your face with cleansing wipes and apply a moisturizer.
- Do not spray water on your face - this will dry your skin even more. Or pat it dry with a cloth after spraying.
5. Sit back in the chair
Legs become numb from long sitting and the back is very tired, and the seats in the airplane are not very comfortable. Put a pillow, a folded scarf or sweater under the lower back, and do not forget to hide in a blanket. It’s better to ask for a pillow and a blanket as soon as you board the plane (sometimes they quickly end).
Also do not forget: the higher the legs relative to the floor, the better, so try to put them directly on your own luggage under the front seat chair.
6. Stock up on everything you need for a comfortable sleep
Instead of massive gadgets like a big laptop and a few thick books it’s better to take a bag with useful things in flight with you to the cabin. With them, even in economy class, you will be able to sleep and relax:
- Earplugs or noise canceling headphones.
- Sleep mask.
- Neck pillow.
Choose a good place
Even in economy class, you can get comfortable by choosing the right location. Extra legroom is provided at the emergency exits and partitions, consider this when booking.
If you need to lean against a wall while sleeping or distract yourself with a stunning view, ask for a seat by the window.
Prepare hand luggage
For a comfortable location in the cabin you need only the most necessary things. Take along a little, bulky carry-on baggage may not fit on a shelf, and you will have to place it under the seat, reducing your space.
Choose comfortable clothes
Going on a trip, forget about the beautiful, but impractical details of clothing, you should be comfortable on the plane. Make an outfit of high-quality loose fit clothing and be sure to take something warm on board.
Get a special pillow
It's no secret that sleeping on an airplane is not always convenient, and the position of the head can injure the neck. For a long flight, be sure to purchase a pillow or headrest.
Modern airbags are perfect for travel and allow you to relax comfortably during the flight.
Bring personal hygiene items with you.
You can tidy yourself up after a long flight by using the most simple means. It is advisable to have a toothbrush, comb, wet wipes, thermal water and lip balm on hand. The main thing is not to take liquids with a volume of more than 100 ml.
Avoid severe swelling of the legs and impaired blood circulation using periodic activity. Do not be lazy once again to go to the toilet, when allowed. While waiting in line, make a few simple movements and massage your arms and legs.
Take advantage of opportunities on board
To save from boredom during the flight can modern devices that are in every aircraft. Some airlines offer watching movies and TV shows, listening to music, and even video games. All you need are headphones that you can take with you or purchase on board.
Do not follow the time
During the flight, forget about the clock and do not follow the minute hand all the time. If you constantly count the remaining time, it will drag on very slowly and the flight will turn into torture. Try to be distracted all the time by reading magazines, books or talking with neighbors.
Try to sleep
Finding a comfortable sleeping position is not easy, but it is the best way to survive a long flight. Try to lean on the wall, put the pillow on the table and lie on it, use a mask on the eyes and ear plugs.
Dehydration will inevitably be felt on board, so stock up on the required amount of clean water. You can buy water in any store or cafeteria after passing through the inspection. Drink in small sips throughout the flight.
Drinking alcohol during a flight can cause nausea, dizziness, increased anxiety, and pressure drops.
Compliance with these simple recommendations will allow you to easily transfer a long flight and feel great. Feel free to contact the flight attendants if you need a glass of water, ice, napkins or a blanket. As a rule, on board there is everything necessary for your comfort.
Water and food
The first thing you should do on the plane is to drink. Lot. Plain plain still water. In liters. Literally. It is very important.
Forget about alcohol and coffee before the flight, and especially during. Just take pity on the body. He is already at war. The best drink on board after water is green tea. By the way, you can take it with you in bags. Black tea should be weak and always with lemon.
To avoid edema, bring along foods rich in water, such as fruits. And do not try to chew salty snacks. Salt promotes fluid retention.
Clothes and shoes
Wear comfortable sportswear, pajama pants or leggings, the main thing is that they do not crush or pinch the vessels.
Forget about heels. Shoes should be flat. On an airplane, it’s better to take it off and put on plush socks or slippers.
Take a pillow and a sleeping mask with you. They will greatly ease the burdens of economy class. Fill the pillow with lavender before departure, it will help to relax and relieve stress, especially if you do not like to fly.
Flights and makeup
Actually, you don’t need to be painted on the plane. Absolutely. But if you can not get to the airport without a make-up, remove it immediately after boarding the plane.
During the flight, especially if it is more than 3 hours, your entire foundation will be erased with spots, blush, powder, shadows, mascara will crumble, and your skin will dry out even more.
To get out of the plane “like a rose of May” apply make-up during landing. And during the flight itself, actively moisturize the skin.
If make-up is really necessary, choose creamy textures. Apply a little concealer or moisturizing foundation and cream blush - this is enough to be recognized at the passport control. ☺ You can apply highlighter and lipstick. But it’s better not to touch your eyes at all.
Cosmetic bag on the plane
Of course, you don’t need to load all your cosmetics in your hand luggage. Moreover, given the current rules of transportation, it can be selected for control. The bulk of our cosmetic friends will travel in a suitcase, and only those who are needed on board in hand luggage. On the plane, we will need certain cosmetics and they should be freely available - in the cosmetic bag on hand.
Today, many brands have travel-size products, minks, and samplers that you can safely carry in your hand luggage. If there are none of these in your care brands, transfer your favorites to mini-jars. Fortunately, you can buy them at any cosmetic store.
The skin must be cleaned, preferably immediately after boarding the plane. After all, are we not going to apply care to untreated skin?
For cleansing the skin during the flight, the best choice is micellar water. In road conditions it is a must-have. She will remove makeup and remove grease, dust and dirt.
On the plane, there is often no way to wash your hands properly, and germs are everywhere. Therefore, the sanitizer must be in the makeup bag required. After all, you should apply care to your face with your hands, and without proper cleansing, you will only spread infections and “bloom” with inflammation. And also - immediately wipe the armrests, seat belts and other “common use” things with antibacterial wet wipes.
To feel like a person during long flights, grab a mini-toothbrush and a mini-paste. Just remember to use bottled water.
A comfortable level of humidity for a person is at least 50%. In airplanes, it ranges from 1 to 10%. Dada, you're practically in the Sahara. As a result, the skin dries 17 times faster than usual. She needs moisture. Therefore, hydration during the flight is a must.
Buy a "thermal bath" or grape water in a mini-format (50-75 ml) and spray on your face. The more often, the better. The main thing - do not forget to soak thermal water, otherwise it can dry the skin.
The mask should be smeared with a good thick layer without sparing. In an airplane, indelible transparent masks come in very handy. For example, Kiehl`s. They are not visible on the face, the neighbors are not injured, and the skin received its portion of the desired moisture. Before planting, remove the remnants with a napkin, apply a thermal pad and cream.
Be sure to apply hand cream and do not forget about the cuticles, otherwise you will leave the plane with cracked hands and spoiled manicure.
The delicate skin of the lips has nothing to protect against dehydration on the plane. Apply a good moisturizing balm, and if the flight is long - additionally fatty nourishing.
Mucous membranes in an airplane suffer even more than skin. therefore moisturizing eye drops - the first tool in a travel cosmetic bag.
If you are prone to swelling, buy a cooling gel for the skin around the eyes in the roller and apply during the flight. Даже если отёками вы не страдаете, подобные средства облегчат перелёт вашим глазам и вы выйдете из самолёта со свежим взглядом, а не с мешками и синяками. Ещё один вариант — патчи («бобики») под глаза.
Если вы носите линзы, лучше всего их сразу не надевать, а надеть очки и увлажняться каплями всю дорогу. Но будем реалистами, если у вас зрение — 9, да ещё солнце светит, в очках в дороге неудобно. Therefore, if possible, remove the lenses on the plane and put them on before landing. Importantly, do not forget about the sanitizer and - drops, drops, drops.
After the flight
First of all, after leaving the plane, drink water. As quickly as possible and as much as possible in order to make up for the loss of moisture and save the body from severe dehydration after the flight.
The first day after the flight, actively moisturize the skin. Make an easy soft peeling, for example - 15% soft almond peeling, apply a moisturizing mask, serum, cream and go to bed.
Overflight is a serious stress for the skin and the whole body.
To spend the flight as comfortable as possible a few days before it, take aspirin and vitamins and actively moisturize.
For the duration of the flight, forget about makeup, heels and salty foods. Put on your pajamas and slippers, and clean your skin.
During the flight and the day after it, do not forget to drink as much as possible and moisturize the skin as much as possible.
How do you take care of yourself during flights? Share in the comments.
Choose the right clothes and shoes for the flight
A long flight exhausts anyone, even experienced travelers, so for such a flight you need to choose the right clothes and shoes. The ideal option is to fly in loose shorts or sweatpants. But such a style is not suitable for everyone, so at least try to fly in loose cotton clothes (pants, stretch jeans, a T-shirt) and shoes that can be laced up. If you’re uncomfortable flying in shoes, bring slippers with you to change shoes. It’s just not very nice to fly in socks, and you can also get your feet very cold. Socks, by the way, are best taken with a loose elastic band so that the legs swell less.
In addition to clothes, it is worth doing exercises before the flight: stretch your arms, legs, neck, back. Do squats, stretching your back. With flexed muscles, flying is easier.
Register for a flight online
Most airlines have the opportunity to pre-register for a flight. Some airlines open registration a day before the flight, others a month. Usually, a reminder about the start of registration comes to the e-mail box indicated when buying a ticket.
When registering, you can choose a place convenient for you, because someone prefers seats at the beginning of the plane, someone at the window, someone at the aisle.
One of the advantages of online check-in is that upon arrival at the airport you can not go to check-in, but go to the drop-off counter, where you simply drop off your luggage and go to passport control and pre-flight screening. If you fly only with hand luggage, you will immediately go for preflight inspection.
When choosing seats on an airplane, it is better to use the SeatGuru website, where you can see the layout of aircraft of all airlines in the world. Indeed, if you do not guess with the place, you can find yourself in a row in front of the emergency exit, the seats of which do not recline.
It used to be popular to reserve seats at the emergency exit so that there was more space at the feet, but now many airlines usually have this option for money.
In the airport
Arrive at the airport 2 hours before your flight, even for a local flight. Since anything can happen, and 40 minutes before the flight, the reception desks are closed, even if people are standing in line, these are the rules.
When you go to the airport, do not fuss, and at a calm pace, take a luggage trolley, especially if you have a lot of luggage. It’s easier to roll one cart than to drag a few suitcases and bags. Then go to the board with flight numbers, see your flight and you can safely go to the check-in desks of your flight or to the drop-off counter.
After registration, you need to go to passport control or pre-flight inspection. At different airports, these services are located in different ways: somewhere, first passport control, then pre-flight inspection, somewhere vice versa.
Before inspection, discard all personal items: phone, watch, belt in hand luggage, and do not put them all on the tray. These things can not only be stolen, but they can be safely forgotten in the tray. After inspection, carefully lay everything in pockets and bags.
Before you go through passport control and inspection, study the airport plan, for example, it happens that after inspection or passport control in the flight waiting area there are no shops, no toilets, no restaurants. And there will be no way back, so figure out how much time it will take you for cafes, shops and searches to sit in one place for a long time or not to be late for the flight.
A small life hack: at some airports in the pre-flight area, you can buy drinks and food at a price lower than on the plane, and the choice can be much more. If we fly with lowcosters, then we buy Caesar salad, water.
During the flight
As soon as you board the plane, immediately put all the unnecessary things on the top shelf. And by yourself, take only what you need 100% in flight, usually I take the following things: a sweatshirt with a hood, headphones, a phone, a magazine, a bottle of water, wet wipes, chewing gum, nuts, slippers. I put all these things at the airport in my pockets or put them in a separate small handbag so that it lies at my feet. If you need a pillow for sleep, then do not forget to get it.
If the flight lasts more than three hours, then I put on slippers, cover myself with a sweatshirt, turn on the music, and go into sleep. To fall asleep faster, I start reading the airline’s magazine, for some reason reading in flight helps me fall asleep faster.
For hygiene purposes, I always wipe the head of the seat, table and chair in front of me with a damp cloth before flying. Since the air in the aircraft is in a confined space, it is not surprising that microbes settle on all surfaces, and you can easily catch colds and other diseases transmitted by airborne droplets.
This is how most flights take place with me - immersed in music and sleep. During the flight, I can’t work or engage in any kind of thought process. Therefore, it is best to spend the flight time on vacation, so that at your destination you can immediately do business, walk or other useful things.
Remember, I said that you need to do exercises before the flight? So during the flight too need to warm up. Usually I stretch my wrists, feet (rotate left and right, raise my socks up and down), stretch my back, stretch my arms. The company Wizzair even in the magazine once printed instructions on how to do warm-ups during the flight. The instructions do not contain information on how to do stretching hands, but I think that everyone from physical education classes or from training has an idea how to do it.
As for food on the plane, try do not drink alcohol, coffee and soda. Dehydration occurs from alcohol, you become aroused from coffee and cannot sleep, and soda causes even more bloating, and you already fly in cramped conditions, and it will be even more uncomfortable to fly with a swollen belly. In flight, I try to drink plenty of water and tomato juice. By the way, you need to drink at least 100-150 ml of water every hour on the plane. Before the flight, I try to easily have a nutritious meal to make it comfortable to fly.
At destination airport
Before dropping the plane I I collect all things in a bagto get out of the plane more quickly and be among the first to get to passport control or to the luggage belt. At some airports, you can spend 30-60 minutes on passport control, and at the same time, baggage can be checked in 10 minutes after landing. If you come among the first to passport control, you can save a lot of time, this is especially true when traveling in winter, when daylight hours are short.
If you decide to get to the city by public transport, then before the trip learn all the necessary aspects of travel, where you can buy tickets for the train without a queue, find out how much it costs to travel to the city, and what are the options for saving. For example, it may be possible to buy group tickets or lucrative tickets.
Do you have any secret instructions on how to facilitate the flight?