The holiday season is almost upon us; it can be a wild time, full of love, laughter and sunshine. During this time of year, my partner and I love going on mini-breaks or quick overseas trips. We take it as a time to unwind, relax and recharge before the new year starts. Given how busy and fast-paced the world is, it’s important to de-stress a little and plan the year ahead. Packing for a trip can be the most stressful part—making sure you have passports, local currency and the perfect outfits. To make sure I don’t forget anything, I like to plan and pack at least a week in advance #humblebrag. I do this to make sure I don’t forget anything and I have plenty of time to pick anything up that I need. I pay particular attention to my carry-on luggage and making sure I have all the in-flight essentials. There would be nothing worse than sitting down for a long flight and realising that you’d forgotten something important; after all, there are no shops at 30,000 feet!
All I want to do on a flight is sit back with my headphones in, stick my head in a book and relax. To make my flight as enjoyable as possible there are a few things I will never travel without and I’m sharing them below.
Read on to learn how you can make all your trips seem, first-class, even when you’re stuck in the economy!
Facial Mist Spray
A facial mist spray is an absolute must-have! The humidity from the aeroplane air conditioning can be really drying and dehydrate your skin. The longer your flight, the worse this becomes! Giving your face a quick spritz will rebalance the ph levels in your skin and rehydrate your face. What’s more, it can really make you feel fresher—a lifesaver on long flights. Just make sure the bottle is less than 100ml or they will confiscate it at security is an absolute must to have on you at all times. But just make sure you pack a bottle that is 100ml or less otherwise you will get it taken off you (security doesn’t care about your skincare routine!).
If you know the aeroplane air will really mess with your skin, definitely apply an eye mask. The under-eye area needs a lot of hydrating! Applying an eye mask for 10-20 minutes will help reduce puffiness, dark circles and rehydrate your skin.
Sleep masks are one of those things that once you get one, you can’t live without it! I take mine everywhere—even on road trips. My top tip is to purchase one made from Silk. They’re super soft and soothing on your face. You can also spray them lightly with your misting spray for extra hydration.
Noise Cancelling Headphones
Noise-cancelling headphones can be an absolute lifesaver. There is absolutely nothing worse on a flight than having to listen to a screaming baby, the roar of the plane engine or those annoying people behind you who won’t shut up. Investing in noise-cancelling headphones that prevent outside noise from disturbing you as you try to watch movies will be the best decision you ever make.
Aeroplanes can be really cold. Packing a scarf is a great way to protect yourself from the chill of the aeroplane. Wrapping a scarf around your neck helps regulate your temperature and (hopefully!) protect you from any bacteria floating around. Plus, if it’s big enough; scarves make excellent blankets!
Water is an absolute must! Staying hydrated on your trip is essential for your body and skin. Although airport security prevents you from bringing your own water, just pack an empty bottle and fill it from the taps when you’re by the gate. The importance of H2O is often overlooked, but staying hydrated will seriously improve how your body (and also your mind!) feels while you travel.
I travel with essential oils all the time. They help me to relax and unwind as I embark on my adventures! If you get travel sick like me, investing in quality essential oils are key to improving the quality of your trip. I always carry three oils with me. Peppermint; which instantly lifts and energises and lavender; for to help me calm down and relax. The third blend I carry with me is from Doterra and it’s called “Digest.” I find these really alleviate my travel sickness and anxiety.
Travelling can be stressful enough, but don’t let the packing put you off! Read these tips and think about what items are essential for you to have a good flight and bring them with. The first thing you should do though? Make a big list. Trust me, there’s nothing worse than a mad rush home because you forgot something!