It is safe to say that traveling is no longer the fabulous and glamorous luxury that it used to be.
Unfortunately, flying has become an extremely stressful feat for most of us. It doesn’t help that we never seem to get anywhere on schedule or that the rules are different every day for every airline.
Having spent the last 4 years or so on the other side of the curtain and also spending many days off as a passenger. I have learned the steps to traveling well. As well as to how to make flying a much better experience than it usually is. Shockingly enough, it is not nearly as hard as you may think to make traveling a breeze and avoid that full blown anxiety attack.
4 Steps to Traveling Well
Step One: Pack Well
I can pack for 2 weeks in a carry-on. Yes, you read that correctly, 2 weeks. This immediately makes flying less stressful. Everything I need stays with me at all times. You should also always be able to put your bag in the overhead bin by yourself with ease. Packing with a purpose will make this a breeze.
So what do you need when packing with a purpose? You need a couple of tops, a pair of jeans, a dress, a pair of tennis shoes and then depending on location, sandals or boots/rain boots or comfy shoes you can walk miles in. Then you add a jacket, your makeup, skincare, and a scarf if the weather calls for it. Lastly, toss in a pair of leggings and a sweater. If you have room feel free to add an extra top, another dress/jumpsuit or whatever you feel you’re lacking. However you can make it without adding anything!
Trust me this recipe is tried and true. You’ll feel like you are under packed but you are not, I assure you!
Step Two: Hydrate
There are a million and one health benefits to drinking water but there are a million and two reasons to hydrate while traveling.
I know you are worried you will have to go to the bathroom a hundred times. You will, but your mood and your body will thank you. Bring a reusable water bottle and fill it up at a water fountain once you are through security. Finish that bottle and when the flight attendants come through with a beverage service, very kindly ask them if they will fill it for you.
Take off your lid before you ask them so it is ready to be filled.
When you get up to go to the bathroom, if they are not busy they will most likely fill it up for you again.
Now, you are hydrating by drinking enough water, but what about hydrating your skin as well? Toss out the sheet mask you see everyone using nowadays. One of the first tips my esthetician ever gave me was that sheet masks actually work against your skin on the plane. Also, toss out the facial mists, those are working against you too! The air on the plane is recirculated, and the lack of air and humidity means when you leave moisture sitting on your skin the air immediately soaks it up making those mists and masks unproductive.
So instead of the sheet masks and facial mists, just invest in some really good moisturizer for when you travel. Bonus tip add a vitamin c serum to the lineup as well. Massage these products in and reapply depending on flight length.
I like to travel without makeup on so I can pile on moisturizer and not feel as dirty when I land. Maybe it is just me but after flying I immediately want to wash my face, especially when I fly with makeup on. Once you land make sure you keep drinking water to keep your energy up and your body regulated!
Step Three: Dress the Part
I realize you have probably read every post out there about “airport uniforms” and what every celeb wears while flying, some are great…some not so much.
I have seen every kind of outfit on the plane. There was once a woman who came on in a bra and panties with just a mesh cover-up over her and 7-inch heels. I do not think she was comfortable.
The trick is to be comfortable yet pulled together. If you feel comfortable but also feel like you could meet the love of your life or a major investor in your business then your outfit is perfect. I like to go with a flowy dress and leather jacket, or leggings with cool sneakers and a blazer. Both of these outfits allow for comfort and ease. You don’t want to be the rookie taking forever in security or the person everyone judges as you walk down the aisle to your seat.
Also, remember that airplane temperatures are hard to regulate. You will most likely need a sweater, or even better, a shawl. Shawls are magic due to the fact that you can wrap it around your shoulders or use it as a light blanket.
Dressing doesn’t stop at your clothes. It also includes what purse you decide to carry. You want your bag to be able to carry:
- External chargers (not all planes have outlets and flight attendants will roll their eyes when you complain about that).
- Book/iPad/laptop or that provides entertainment
- Really great chapstick (gotta keep your lips moisturized too!)
- A snack (almonds or pretzels are always a good idea)
- And lastly, if I am flying overnight, I always have my skincare products in my purse to freshen up right before landing or right after.
Step Four: Kindness is Key
Being a flight attendant I have seen it all. However you know what I never see enough of? Kind passengers. It sounds crazy, that out of all the people I encounter on a daily basis, rarely are they kind. It is sad but true.
The thing is, when you are kind, traveling gets easier. When I am working I encounter hundreds of people who just want to get where they are going. The thing is, they forget that everyone else wants to do the same thing. We are all stuck on the adventure that is air travel for however long the flight is. All the things that annoy you as a passenger also annoy us, as flight attendants. When we take a delay that is time taken away from me getting rest, or from me getting home. When people are rude to you at the airport, chances are we encountered them too and they weren’t any nicer to us.
The trick is to be kind when a flight attendant welcomes you onto the plane. Be genuine and say hello. It is as simple as smiling and making the best of a stressful situation.
Bring a flight attendant candy or chocolate. We will remember you and fill your water bottle as many times as you want.
When it comes traveling well, being kind is the one that will drastically improve your flying experience. Not only will the flight crew might be extra nice to you, but because it is scientifically proven that being nice lifts your own mood. You can pack right, hydrate, develop the perfect outfit but if you are in a bad mood traveling will be miserable.
So the next time you get ready to jet set, remember these steps to traveling well: pack light, stay comfortable and be nice!
Blyss is just a 20 something girl who likes champagne and tequila, loves a good book, and a hard Pilates class, who is trying to figure out how to adult one life lesson at a time. Catch her if you can because she spends most of her time amazing adventures all over the world.