I’m actually pretty nervous for our 11 hour flight to Mexico…
It’s the longest flight I’ll have ever been on… and the only other ‘long’ (ie. non-European) flight I’ve been on before this was when I was 6 years old going to Canada, and all I can remember from that journey was my 2 year old sister talking the entire way…
For me, it’s partly about – y’know – just spending 11 hours suspended over the ocean, but mostly I’m nervous about making sure I’m relaxed. I have IBS and travelling (especially air travel!) gives me very painful stomach cramps, so it’s super important that I’m feeling as chill as possible!
So this is how I’m prepping to make this flight as comfortable as possible:
1. Staying fresh with essential toiletries
There’s nothing worse than stuffy air conditioning on aeroplanes; it always makes my skin feel gross. So I’m bringing face wipes, hand cream, tinted moisturiser, face powder and lip balm, as well as hand sanitiser because plane germs.
I’m also taking a toothbrush & toothpaste in my hand luggage because going a whole day without brushing your teeth feels furry and yuck!
2. Keeping good circulation throughout the journey
No I’m not 100% on whether flight socks actually do anything, but N’s mum swears by them, and at the end of the day, is it worth the risk for just wearing what feel like a normal pair of socks? I’ll try to remember to get up every couple of hours for a walk around too… maybe some star jumps in the aisle. Maybe not.
3. Preparing for all eventualities
Touch wood – I have never lost my hold luggage or had it delayed. But it seems to be quite common so in order to feel stress-free I’m bringing underwear and swimsuit in my hand luggage with me – ’cause who wants to be stuck at the beach with nothing to swim in for half the holiday?
I’m also packing essential medication & painkillers in case I need them!
4. Snuggling down with a big scarf & leggings
Planes are cold, so despite the fact we should be landing in 30 degree heat, I’ll be wearing a big chunky scarf to double as a blanket. Also leggings are a must because I may want to sit cross-legged or do some yoga mid-flight… ya never know!
5. Reading a good, relaxing book
I’m packing several books on the trip with me of course, but I’ll be taking ‘Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown’* with me in my hand luggage! I’m very excited to read it as it’s been on my ‘to-read’ list for years, and it should make for some light but thoughtful reading on the flight.
6. Eating & drinking things that make me feel good
I was getting a bit worried the other night, so texted Olivia to see if she had any tips for staying chill and keeping stomach pains away during flights, and of course she did! She suggested bringing plenty of peppermint tea and ‘safe snacks’ with me to keep my tummy happy – so I’m taking along my fave Pukka Three Mint tea* and some Nakd bars* for snacking (Cashew Cookie is da bomb!).
7. Listening to chilled music
I have downloaded some relaxing Spotify playlists to my phone (okay, one Spotify playlist… my phone has like zero storage on it) to get me in the ‘zone’. Honestly I used to spend my 6 hour journeys back to Cornwall from Surrey just looking out the window and listening to music the whole way, but the view from a plane is (whilst at times quite epic) usually a bit samey.
8. Watching epic TV shows
I LOVE that you can now download films & TV shows on Netflix so you can watch them offline. I know there will be things to watch on the flight but there are some shows I’m currently hooked on and need to watch on Netflix so I thought I’d stock up! We’re both loving Designated Survivor at the moment so I’ve downloaded the rest of the series, along with a few others.
Oh and I’ve brought my headphone splitter* so we can both watch with a full pair of earphones each – absolutely essential!
How do you stay relaxed during long haul flights and lengthy journeys?
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