Traveling can be very tiring and definitely has a lot of down time between getting there in time for check in, waiting at the gate, sitting in the plane, layovers etc. It’s enough work just planning your itinerary for your trip, so people often forget to plan the actual travel time itself. I am traveling to Ireland this week, and while I was planning what to pack and what to wear, I found myself so concerned about what to do during the flight. If you find yourself traveling somewhere and you’ll be on a flight for a few hours, you’re going to want to be prepared.
Here are some tips for when you are traveling for several hours that will make you feel a little more comfortable and keep you occupied, just like the travel pros:
Bring things to keep you entertained.
Before I leave for a long trip, I make sure to buy some magazines (my favorites are Self, Shape and Vanity Fair), get a good book, download some new music (do not forget those headphones!) and stock up on some snacks. Time tends to go by pretty slow during a flight and you’ll get bored just reading the same book for a couple of hours, so bring a few options of other things to do. Also, I mentioned snacks but don’t forget to stay hydrated! We know you might rather order a few of those mini-wines they offer on airplanes, but don’t forget to drink plenty of water while you’re flying to keep your body hydrated. I always make sure to have chapstick on hand and also bring some extra comfy socks to slip on for a long flight.
We know you’re a fashionista, but leave your heels for when you’re off the plane.
I get it; you never know who you could run into at the airport. However, you will not want to be sitting in an airplane for several hours in an uncomfortable outfit. You can still look stylish without having to dress in clothes that you’ll be uncomfortable sitting in for hours on end. Also, wear layers since you never know if the plane will be warm or cold. You’ll love the option of being able to take off your sweater if you’re too warm and could even use it as a blanket or pillow if you decide to take a mid-flight snooze.
Organize your bag.
Nothing drives me more crazy than when I am at the airport and have to get my license out in a hurry and am fumbling through old receipts, gum wrappers, etc. looking for the one thing I need. Before you leave for the airport, organize your purse! Take out anything you will not need during your trip and make sure you know where everything is and is safely secured.
Bring some essentials in your carry-on, just in case.
I hate to even say it, but in the off chance that your luggage gets lost, you will be so grateful that you’ve packed some essentials into your carry-on that you couldn’t go without for a day. It’s nice to even be able to step off the plane and into the ladies bathroom at the airport to freshen up. We all know we feel like a hot mess after a long flight. It’s likely that everyone you’re with will want to make a quick stop to the restroom once you’re off the plane. Bring some floss, a hair brush, and even a small travel sized perfume to help you start feeling back to normal and get you through to your next venture.
Lastly, enjoy the trip! The flight may be a pain, but at the end of it you find yourself at an amazing destination.