Here are five things that you need to have prepped for the perfect flight.
As an anxious flyer, I need to be distracted when I fly. The second we’re in the air I need to zone into something to pass the time and keep my mind from staring out the window and thinking about how high in the sky we are and questioning every sight, sound and smell for the duration.
I have the smallest Macbook Air so I can pretty much take my laptop everywhere extremely easily. I prefer to take my laptop over an iPad as it’s easier to stand and watch movies on during the flight, but I can also work on it too, which makes it super handy for travel. I like to make sure I have a device loaded with my favourite entertainment for the journey, even if its just downloading a few Spotify playlists.
My personal favourite in-flight activity is watching Modern Family. Nothing gets me roaring with laughter like Modern Family and I literally cannot be scared or anxious when I’m watching it. It is my total go-to and I love it!
I love taking the opportunity to listen to an album I haven’t heard in a while, or choosing music with happy memories and cosy vibes to de-stress and feel happy and comforted. Getting lost in your favourite album is a great way to pass the time and all of sudden it’s been an hour and you’re almost on holiday!
A movie is a great way to distract myself for a longer period of time, so I try to download a few good movies that run about the same time as my flight, or at least enough that it will keep me entertained for most of the journey. I do sometimes find it hard to zone out for a long period of time and get a little antsy, so I usually watch a movie if I’m watching with someone else who can reassure me halfway through!
Audio books are great for all the time, all day, everyday, always. I get really hooked listening to Audible, and this is perfect if you need to do something at the same time like finishing off work, or writing a plan of what you are going to do when you get to your destination. I love getting into a great book and being able to make the most of your imagination without having to read the pages yourself. Having a story told to me is such a great way to ease anxiety without being overwhelmed.
Noise Cancelling Headphones
Headphones are an absolute must for me when flying. How are you going to enjoy all the music and movies you have with you if you don’t have headphones? The best ones for me are noise cancelling headphones as you can totally drown out the hum of the plane and focus on what you’re doing.
Noise cancelling headphones are also great for drowning the sound of the plane if you are trying to sleep or are feeling anxious about flying. Obviously any headphones will do, but once you’ve flown with noise cancelling headphones you won’t want to go back.
Moisturising Facial Spray
It’s amazing how much flying can dry your skin out and leave you feeling dehydrated and tired. If I’m on a short flight I don’t really want to be taking off my make up and applying a moisture mask, so for a short haul flight grab a moisturising spray as these can be used over make up and helps give you the boost of moisture you need. This is also perfect to wake you up before getting off the plane!
I find that these sprays tend to be infused with essential oils so can help aid calm and relaxation too. If you’re going on a summer holiday, or even a really cold climate, you’ll be thankful for a facial spray throughout your trip.
I mean, I take snacks everywhere so this is a given for me. I can assure you that even if I am popping over to a friends, walking into town, or going on a long journey, my bag will be crammed full of snacks. I’m a massive snacker and have a million intolerance’s so making sure I have my own snacks is top priority for me.
Even if you can eat pretty much anything, there’s nothing worse than being stuck on the runway waiting to take off, or being in a huge queue at customs with nothing to keep you going. Most in-flight snacks are pretty unhealthy and the range is limited, so it’s nice to have something you love with you. Travelling tends to make you feel a little under the weather and lethargic as it is, so filling up on crisps and nuts and not-so-good-for-you ‘plane food’ is probably best avoided.
Try bringing some of your favourite healthy snacks, along with a tonne of your favourite unhealthy snacks of course! But having familiar foods and better options is a must for me and hopefully a must for you!
I’m such a sucker for a travel guide. I love reading about where I’m going and looking at a map to get my bearings. I enjoy spending some time on the flight to make a brief plan of where I’m going and what I’m doing so I can ensure I don’t leave anything out and have regrets on the way home!
The Lonely Planet pocket books are the best travel guides as they’re easy to carry around, they have a list of top 10 places to go and they include a map which is so handy when you’re out and about. These guides are also pretty cheap and easily accessible in most book stores and of course, on Amazon so even if you totally forget until the day before you leave you should be able to order one just in time!
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