Since I’ve spent the majority of this last week in Melbourne and started making travel plans for next year, I’ve been thinking a lot about some travel posts I can write. I’m originally from Newcastle, England, so I’ve experienced my fair share of long-haul flights between England and Australia, and I’ve put together a list that I believe will help anyone just trying to get through a long flight with even just a sliver of sanity intact at the end of it.
- Wear comfortable clothes
I used to be one of those people who wanted to look as stylish as possible when I got off the plane (oh, how the mighty have fallen) but as I grew older I decided that I’d much rather be comfortable in tracksuit pants than be snapped in high heels by some imaginary paparazzi photographers. Being stuck in the same position for a long period of time is uncomfortable enough without feeling restricted by your own clothes, so wearing something you can move, or sit, in is gonna be your best bet. You can find some comfy, yet still cute, loungewear here, here and here.
- Bring your own food & drinks
At the best of times, plane food is dry and tasteless, or tastes like arse, and the cups of water the give you are small AF. So, once you’ve gone through customs, make sure to stop by one of the duty free convenience stores and grab some snacks and some bottles of water. I tend to get really dehydrated up in the air, so it’s important to stock up on liquids.
- Pack some entertainment
Aside from the mini TVs provided by most airlines, it’s in your best interest to bring some other form of amusement to keep yourself occupied for the journey. I usually take my phone for music and my Kindle with a number of reading options preloaded onto it, as well as a little notebook for anything I feel I may need to jot down or to make lists of activities I want to do when I arrive at my destination.
- Try not to wear a full face of makeup
This one may be slightly subjective and doesn’t really apply to flights that are only a few hours’ long, but I know from experience that wearing makeup on a long-haul flight only leaves me feeling groggy and, tbh, disgusting. It doesn’t look fabulous once you’re off the plane, so why bother? If you really don’t feel comfortable exposing your au natural self after a 14 hour flight, big sunglasses are the way to go! You’ll find the sunglasses I use for exactly that here and here.
- Pack some skincare
Your skin can get pretty dehydrated on a long flight, so it’s helpful to pack a couple of things to combat this. There is, however, a limit to how much liquid you can take on a flight, so I recommend purchasing a couple of travel bottles for some face wash, toner and moisturiser. Make up wipes can work well if you don’t really want to fill your carry on baggage with skincare. Lip balm is also highly recommended, as my lips ALWAYS end up dry and cracked. My current favourite lip balm can be found here! It’s so moisturising and smells AMAZING.
- Don’t load up on fatty foods before takeoff
This may seem massively hypocritical of me to those who know me IRL, but honestly, if you’re going to be stuck on a plane for more than a few hours, the worst thing you can do is make yourself feel even more groggy and gross. You also need to remember that going to the bathroom on an aeroplane isn’t the most glamorous of things, and it’s awful when you have a bad stomach. Just do yourself – and those going to the bathroom after you – a favour and find a nice balance.
- Find a decent sized carry on bag
If you’re taking two carry on bags, this may not be as useful to you, but I’ve found that it’s best to take a bag with enough space to fit everything you need, rather than trying to squish everything into your usual handbag. This bag from Kate Hill is very similar to the Kate Hill bag I use (mine doesn’t have the quilted feature on it), and I find that it can fit everything from my laptop and case to my skincare and other electronics, with extra space leftover.
- Only take the essentials
You’re going to have to take your carry on baggage with you wherever you go, so only pack what you know you’ll need. You probably won’t need two kinds of headphones or another pair of shoes in there, so put them in your checked baggage. Especially if you’re only taking one carry on bag.
- Convert your currency
On a long-haul flight, there’s usually a stopover along the way, so it’s handy to take a some currency for the country you’ll stopover in to get a coffee or a sandwich or something. The last time my Mam and I flew to England, we didn’t do this and she had to pay AU$30 for a coffee. Not sure how that happened, but she was foaming. Don’t let this happen to you.
If you have any other suggestions or helpful tips and tricks for surviving a long flight, please let me know in the comments!