Believe it or not, I am currently sitting in Shanghai Aiport, IN CHINA ( I can’t believe it) weathering my 10-hour layover. That being said, JFK to Pu Dong (14 hours), gave me the exact inspiration I needed to write this post. Here’s some advice from an unprepared first timer. What I wish I knew about packing for my long-haul:
Essential number 1! You hear it time and time again, planes can feel very disgusting especially if you’ve been sitting in the same circulated air for hours. You might feel yourself feeling kind of sticky and worn in from the day’s travel. To solve this, you can use wipes on the plane or in airport bathrooms to give you the feeling and the smell of fresher you.
The way I see this is why not get comfortable? On my 8 hour flight from Atlanta to London I was all dressed up, this time I knew better. I understand the importance of an airport outfit but no one says it can’t be comfortable and chic. Play around with ideas (we all love Pinterest). I think we sometimes forget that we can always slip into a bathroom at your destination’s airport for a mini makeover.
Isn’t it amazing that Netflix allows you to download your favorites now? Use downloads, not just Netflix, to your advantage. Download movies, audiobooks, music, podcasts, and anything else you can think of. This way you have choices just in case you’re not entertained by whats provided to you on the plane or worse; you somehow can’t find good WiFi.
If you don’t know, I am 100% a germaphobe. I always have sanitizer on me I feel like this comes in extra handy at airports and in planes, if only to keep my anxiety at bay. During travel is a high-risk time for getting sick and I am absolutely not having it!
No not that type of face mask. Again, I do not like getting sick. Everything and anything to avoid getting sick. I got inspiration for this one from my JFK to Shanghai flight. There are certain parts of Asia that are known for their air pollution which is most likely why, I would assume, people wore their masks. However, people were wearing the masks during the flight which I thought was an amazing idea. I don’t know what it was about this particular flight but every a cough and sneeze made me cringe.
Of course, we have to keep the skin fresh as well. Dry, circulated air for 14 or more hours cant be good for anyone, let alone your skin. Keep her hydrated with some hydrating/moisturizing face masks throughout your flight.
Or whatever relaxes you (Comment below because I want to know). Some people find it hard to fall asleep on flights and this can be especially unhelpful if you’re trying to combat jetlag. So I recommend bringing something you know will help relax: whether it’s your favorite tea or essential oils. This is also great for those who may still get anxious about flying (me).
Hope this helps anyone who may need the advice for their upcoming adventure. I have another 5-hour flight until I get to Phuket and I don’t have any of these things (except my handy dandy sanitizer) so wish me luck!
Sending my love xx