All your errands are checked off. You put a hold on your gym membership and the auto response on your email. All that stands between you and the beach/lake/summer bliss of doing nothing is a plane ride. Ugh. Remember when plane travel was glamorous? (Or at least we assume it was from Mad Men and classic movies). And while we can’t do much about the TSA lines and too dry cabin air and chatty seatmate, we can help turn the journey into something much more enjoyable. Our in-flight hacks go beyond packing a scarf-blanket and sound canceling headphones, and let you make the most out of the flight.
Sometimes you get lucky and your airline has power outlets at each seat. Sometimes your phone dies mid-flight and you are left staring out the window and/or watching a terrible Sarah Jessica Parker rom-com you never even knew existed. Let’s not let that happen. Pack extra power with this super slim case from Anker which extends your audio by 60 hours and video by thirteen. Or try out the sleek Raden luggage which can charge your devices directly. You can power up while waiting to board.
Take advantage of the in-flight downtime – and the fact that you most likely won’t see any of these people again – and turn your seat into a spa. Stock up on Korean sheet masks like Cremorlabs’ Perfecting Hydration Mask packed with algae which will help counteract the arid plane air. Or apply Mizon’s Intensive Skin Barrier Eye Gel Mask and pop on this cat-eyed eye mask from Catbird. No one will even know you’re spa-ing and you’ll arrive at your destination bright eyed and rested.
Jet Lag Super Fighters
Compression Socks have long been touted as a preventative measure for deep vein thrombosis. They are also a great way to fight jet lag. Between sitting for a long period of time and the cabin pressure, your feet may swell or at the very least, your blood will move sluggishly through your lower limbs. Compression socks counter this, increase your circulation and blood flow, leaving you more energized and less groggy when you get off the flight. They may not be cute, but they get the job done. Slather your feet in a deep hydrating cream like Jao’s GOE oil before slipping on your compression socks for soft, energized legs when you land.
Plane food is terrible. There is no getting around it. Airports are offering more healthy options but you have to pay your month’s rent for a kale salad. Instead bring your own supplies to keep sated and hydrated in-flight. Add dry coconut powder to your water bottle for an ultra hydrating and electrolyte-rich coconut water you can get past TSA. Stay strong against airplane germs by brewing your own health-boosting teas, like this immunity Chaga mushroom tea from Four Sigma. Pack your own healthy, delicious, and travel-proof snacks, like these from My New Roots.
What are your travel essentials? Let us know your tips and tricks to better flights. And happy travels!
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