'Tis the season of airport security lines, delayed flights and hours spent inside airless steel tubes. I mean airplanes. Stressful at best, hideously uncomfortable at worst, am I right? So here's my PSA for holiday travel: If you have to get on a long haul flight, or any flight really, Chelsea Martin of Passport to Friday has your back. She's a serious expert, traveling over 250 days a year (yes, you read that right) so she knows how to stay sane during the least sane of all activities, and she's narrowed her tips down to a lucky 7. Wishing you safe and stress-free travels.
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1. BLANKET SCARF
It's no secret that planes can get incredibly chilly, and those airplane blankets just don't cut it. That's why I always pack a large blanket scarf. Not only is it stylish but it also will keep you warm on those cold flights!
2. JEESIAN SUPER SOFT U-SHAPED NECK PILLOW MEMORY FOAM HEAD & NECK SUPPORT FOR TRAVEL
I have a very hard time sleeping on planes, but traveling with a travel pillow has allowed me to add comfort to my journey and get some rest. You can position this one in different ways for whatever works well with your sleeping style. Look for a pillow that is also easily packable and don't take up too much space!
3. S'WELL TRAVELER INSULATED STAINLESS STEEL WATER BOTTLE
If I had to choose one tip on what to do on a long haul flight, it would be to stay hydrated. I always fill up a refillable water bottle before the flight, and often head to the flight attendant station mid-flight and ask them to fill it up again. Don't be afraid to ask because it saves them the time to come bring you constant glasses of water as well.
4. RXBAR WHOLE FOOD PROTEIN BAR, PEANUT BUTTER
I recently stopped eating airplane food, and it was one of the best decisions I ever made. Instead I bring a nutrition bar (my favorites are RX, Elemental and homemade oatmeal bars), a piece of fruit and some carrots, and I land feeling refreshed instead of bogged down with unsettling food.
5. CAUDALIE GENTLE CLEANSING MILK
This is by far my best secret weapon on my overnight flights, and I am so thankful I was introduced to this product. The cleansing milk allows you to wash your face without water, which is perfect for flights where you don't have easy access to fresh water or towels. Just bring 2 small cotton pads with you, using one to apply the cleansing milk on dry skin. and one to gently wipe your face to remove it. And voila! Clean, refreshed and hydrated skin.
6. ORIGINS DRINK UP INTENSIVE OVERNIGHT MASK
Hydration is key for long flights, not only by drinking water, but also for your skin. After cleansing with my Caudalie Cleansing Milk, I put on an overnight mask to hydrate my skinwhile I sleep. This way I wake up refreshed!
7. UGG FLEECE LINED SOCKS
While some people may not agree with taking your shoes off on a flight, I typically will wear very light shoes so that I can slip them off and slip into my fuzzy, comfy socks. It overall makes the flight more comfy, cozy and home-y feeling!
Chelsea Martin of Passport To Friday is an Austin-based Luxury Travel Advisor and Blogger traveling over 250 days per year. Chelsea's brand, Passport To Friday, is an affiliate of Strong Travel Services & Virtuoso, and provides travel inspiration through her personal travel experiences on social media. Her favorite travel memories include glamping in the Arabian desert outside Dubai, touring the Irish countryside via helicopter, sipping coffee on the balcony of Grand Hotel Tremezzo overlooking Lake Como, renting a car and driving through the island of Madeira in Portugal, and more.