I love traveling and especially like to venture far beyond my known borders. I usually don’t mind long-distance flights but multiple connections, annoying passengers and bad food can get on anyone’s nerves. Having to sit in a tiny seat for 10-12 hours at a time is a pure nightmare for most of us. Dry air, insomnia and boredom are some of the nasty side effects.
However, it doesn’t need to be that horrible if you follow a few simple steps. Before my next long-distance flight, I searched the Internet for pro tips on how to make the trip a lot more comfortable and tested the tips during my overnight flight from Seoul to Munich!
Here are my top 5 tips to stay sane during a long-distance flight!
Moisturize Like Crazy!
I never used to remove my make-up when flying because I wanted to look neat. However, nothing makes me feel worse than not feeling fresh and clean when taking long-distance flights. I read that it’s way better for your skin to remove the makeup and moisturize your skin due to dry air on board. A little bit after boarding, I began to remove my make-up and put on a light moisturizing mask. A mask you ask? I had the same reaction when I read about this tip online but trust me, your skin will thank you later! Pick a light mask without any color, since you don’t want to walk around with a blue mask on your face, and apply it thoroughly on your skin! Let it soak in and apply a night cream or normal moisturizer afterwards.
Before taking a nap on the plane, make sure you have enough vitamins in your body. I read that vitamin tablets work best and so I brought my multivitamin tablets onto the plane and drank it with water. The vitamin helps you stay hydrated and fit even if you missed a meal on board or you didn’t like what the airline served you.
Plan Your Entertainment!
Never board an airplane without planning your entertainment. I took planes without any or with defect TV screens and on-board entertainment before and it’s not pleasant. Download music, TV shows, podcasts or audio books onto your phone or tablet. Don’t forget to get yourself a good extra charger for your device to avoid an empty battery! I love my Xiaomi extra charger as it is super reliable and affordable! For language learners like myself, I like to study during long flights, too. I use phone apps or books to keep me busy and refresh my language skills!
Besides the usual toiletries in my hand luggage, I also like to bring socks and a big scarf with me to stay warm and cozy. This time, I also got myself a convenient sleeping pillow that you can fold into a tiny piece and blow up when needed. I also bring along earplugs as well as a sleeping blindfold to keep bright lights out of sight for flights during the day or when the cabin lights are turned on. In case you still cannot fall asleep on board, bring along some sleeping pills to help you find your way to dreamland.
The hour before landing is usually the most important time period during a long-distance flight. This is your opportunity to shine and look radiant! All the moisturizing and vitamins as well as relaxation helpers will truly reveal their magic now. I like to change into some new clothes, brush my teeth and put my make-up back on. Don’t wait too long as the captain turns on the seat belt signs 30 minutes before landing and you cannot leave your seat any more after that. I also like to bring along my Lush dry shampoo to give my hair some volume back.
Have a safe flight!
Following these tips helped me arrive more relaxed in Munich! I definitely recommend these easy five tips and found them really easy to follow. Thanks to this routine, I was able to relax and sleep most of the time during the flight.
I hope you can use some of these tips for your next long-distance flight as well! If you found this post useful, why not pin it to your travel board on Pinterest?