Living across the ocean means having to get on a plane every once in a while, which I’ll admit, I’m not the biggest fan of (flying over water in the darkness of the night kind of freaks me out a little bit much). Still, I thought I’d share my travel essentials with you today as I’ve been getting quite a bit of training in that department.
Before the flight
I pack up all of my stuff the day before (so that I will definitely not forget anything). I’ll always get a backpack as a carry on so that I have my hands free to hold ticket and passports in the airport. My backpack will contain:
- Laptop, phone, chargers and adapters
- Purse, passport, visa documents (important papers in general)
- Lip balm
- Lavender essential oil (sniffing on it will calm and relax you)
- Headphones (ditch those terrible headphones they give you on the plane and replace them with nicer ones, it will be a gamechanger)
- Extra pair of socks (to keep those feet cosy and warm)
- Scarf (this is something I’ll pack without fail, it’s just practical to have when it gets super cold on the plane or you want a bit of a cosy type of cushion)
- An emergency energy bar in case I get hungry before the food arrives
During the flight
Even though I read everywhere how you shouldn’t drink alcohol on a plane I can’t help it. I love having a prosecco or white wine (or even a gin and tonic if I’m feeling extra fancy). It kind of calms me down and has become a plane ritual for me.
During a long-haul flight I’ll try and do a few of my friend Adrienne’s moves, which helps me not to feel super stiff and uncomfortable. Plus they’re not mega embarrassing to do in front of your fellow co-passengers. Bonus! Check her out below:
I always go make-up free for a long-haul flight and will use the face mist they provide in the toilet. It’s really refreshing and does wonders to your skin, which gets super dry onboard.
When it comes to food I will usually pre-order a vegetarian meal, which is nice because you’ll sometimes get served first on the plane (I always fly SWISS btw). Plus, SWISS gets their vegetarian meals from a very well-know restaurant in Zurich, which I love. Win win!
In regards to entertainment on board I am definitely a movies person. And as embarrassing that sounds, I will usually check the program before getting on the plane so I can get started with my program right away. The three movies I had watched on my last flight to Zurich were Moonlight (again, brilliant), Lion (emotional) and Manchester by the Sea (oh my god, mega emotional. I had told you how I cried a lot during this movie and felt bad for the girl next to me, who must have thought that I am really weird).
After the flight
Well this is boring but after a long-haul flight I’ll usually will want to shower right away and moisturize my skin generously, maybe also do a face mask.
I’d love to know what your travel essentials or rituals are before getting on board of a plane! Have a great day everyone.