Air travel, especially when travelling long haul or multiple trips within a short space of time, can soon become incredibly draining and tiresome. But there are a few simple tips to help you survive air travel and enjoy the journey just as much as the destination. Here’s how…
Manage Your Flights
When making your booking, look for a red-eye overnight flight if you are travelling long haul so you can arrive rested on the other side. If your flight is five hours or under you know you won’t get any sleep, so instead look for a day flight when taking shorter routes. If you don’t sleep on planes you might consider a sleeping aid – just be sure not to take any sleeping aid until the plane has left the ground! If you end up stuck on the ground and have to disembark the aircraft for any reason, the last thing you want to do is be falling asleep standing up!
Manage Your Jet Lag
Sometimes despite our bet efforts, an onset of severe jetlag is inevitable. This is especially true for travellers departing or arriving in Australia, as it is around a 30-hour flight journey over to Europe or a straight 13 hour flight direct to Los Angeles! There are however ways to combat jetlag once it does hit your body. Be sure to adjust your sleeping pattern to that of your destination as soon as possible – this is without a doubt the best way to combat jetlag head on. There are some great apps on the market to assist with this, including Jetlag Rooster (FREE) and Jetlag Genie ($2.99).
Look After your Skin
The condition of your skin is a direct reflection of how you treat your body. Be sure to follow your regular skincare routine, including removing all make-up before going to sleep on the flight. Try to avoid using the water in the lavatories, however, as this is incredibly unclean. Make-up wipes are a saviour in this instance! Be sure to lightly moisturise your face and hands as well, especially given the dehydrating effects of the air-conditioning once on board. You might like to invest in a traveller’s favourite, the Elizabeth Arden 8 hour cream, which will be your best tool to keeping your skin hydrated and fresh.
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Drink plenty of water
Sounds simple, but it will certainly do the trick. Drink plenty of water before, during and after your journey to keep your body hydrated from the inside out. If you can, try to avoid caffeine on the day of flying and skip the alcoholic beverages on board.