Flying is my least favorite activity that only seems to get worse with time. Between disorganized airline mergers (I’m looking at you US Air/ American), surly airport employees, and pushy fellow travelers, popping a Xanax sometimes seems like the only logical option to get through your flight unscathed. I’ve been advised not to endorse self-medication on the blog, but I can share how to make flying more comfortable with some easy tips and products.
After reading the final edit of this post, I realize how insanely high maintenance I’m about to sound. The reality is the more prepared you are, the better the experience. I assure you, on the ground I’m as low maintenance as it gets. To make my life easy, I keep all of these items organized and tucked away in my suitcase in between flights. I’m not running around before the flight searching for anything. I just pull out my suitcase, and everything is there, ready to go.
With the holiday season just days away, and many of our private clients getting ready for some weekend getaways, we thought it would be helpful to share my go to products and simple strategies to make your next flight more comfortable.
1. Lo & Sons OMG: It’s the only logical choice. (Currently on Pre-Thanksgiving Sale)
2. Bose QuietComfort Noise Canceling Headset: The second your seat-mate starts to chat you up; put on these babies. I’ve reached such an antisocial level I board the plane with them around my neck. It’s more subtle than a sandwich board that reads, “Please No Talking.” Once I take my seat I put on an audio book. Brene Brown is still my favorite, no matter how often I listen to her, I find her soothing and inspirational.
3. Best Travel Neck Pillow: There are hundreds of travel pillow options available. This one is the best. It’s slightly squared which it makes comfortable. It coils up to fit into it’s tiny carrying case making it easy to bring along.
4. Tammy Fender The Purist Antibacterial Dry Hand Wash: Because airplanes are gross.
5. Eye Mask and Ear Plugs: I don’t always enjoy an eye mask. When flights are too dark, I get claustrophobic fast. It’s important to have one, though, when your neighbor on the red eye decides to pull out his laptop and watch, how shall I say this, inappropriate movies all night. (Really happened.) The ear plugs are nice when you want to sleep and the Bose feel uncomfortable.
6. Compression Socks: Compression socks are a more recent addition to my travel bag. Lauren recently shared the importance of them, especially on long flights. They keep your feet warm while helping to keep swelling at bay.
7. bkr Glass Water Bottle: Most flights give you a drop of water, so a nice big, chic water bottle helps me drink enough to stay hydrated. Also, try not to drink any alcohol on flights. I’m not always the best at this, but am getting better.
8. Aqua Fringe Blanket Scarf: Planes are notoriously freezing, so you need a soft and cozy blanket scarf. This one is lux and affordable. It’s also neutral enough to become part of your outfit.
9. Rodin Lip Balm: Chic and decadent, this lip balm feels incredible on your lips.
10. Yes To Grapefruit Face Wipes: Unless I’m landing and heading right to a meeting or meeting location, I tend to fly bare faced. Bare-faced for me still involves mascara, lip gloss, and an eyebrow, but that’s it. Keeping my skin bare on a flight has helped it from becoming irritated for days following my trip. If I’m on a red-eye, I completely wash my face before boarding. These face wipes go everywhere with me.
11. Argan Oil: Specifically on red eyes and cross country flights, I’ll add a layer of argan oil early on into the flight. It’s like a mini beauty treatment that helps keep my skin hydrated and looking it’s best.
12. Supergoop! Forever Young Hand Cream: I’ll slather this on as we take off and land with supple hands.
13. Jane Iredale D20 Hydration Spray: In addition to the argan oil, I keep this spray in my bag for every flight. I’m not a nervous flyer, but I have had moments of total panic and used this to not only cool my face but help me physically calm down.
14. kate spade new york Glitter Cosmetics Bag: This looks like a party and is easy to spot in my bag. I fill it with these tiny luxuries to feel semi-human mid-air.
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