I have two trips to the US coming up in the next few weeks, which means I’ll be spending lots of hours in the air. In the past five years, I’ve gotten so used to the long trips from Europe to the West Coast that a trip to NYC is a breeze for me. I’m not afraid of flying but I just hate being stuck on a plane for 10+ hours. The good thing about traveling a lot is that you figure out a routine that makes long-haul flights more bearable. So here are a few of my essentials. I’m actually planning to do a series about business travel tips, let me know if you have any questions.
It amazes me how put together some people look on flights. Me, I don’t make any efforts when I know I’m going to be traveling for 16 hours. My standard outfit are comfortable jeans, a black shirt and sneakers. The only makeup I’ll wear is mascara. I hate going to the bathroom on planes so I try to not drink too much before boarding.
Wipes, Wipes, Water
I’ve read a lot about how disgusting planes are (I spare you the details but Quora has some really insightful answers from airline staff), so the first thing I do when I get to my seat is wipe everything of with antibacterial wipes. I keep these wipes close by because they’re always handy. I make sure to fill up an empty water bottle before boarding so I don’t need to rely on inflight service to serve drinks. Which brings me to my next point.
I’m a vegetarian and eat mostly plant-based, so I always select the vegan meal. I rarely eat it though because if you’re flying economy, the food is just meh and not worth it. Instead, I stock up on snacks like energy bars and vegetable crackers. It’s not the best choice either, but at least I know what’s in it.
Entertainment and Work
A lot of people seem to be able to work while on a plane, but I’m just not one of these people. Instead, I make sure I downloaded enough podcasts, magazines and books on my tablet and smartphone to get me through the flight. Also, I always keep my ear plugs in, even when I’m not listening to anything. It helps avoiding communication with others and cancels out noise. I have to say ear plugs are probably the most important item that I bring on a plane.
Some people like putting on face masks on flights, but I try to avoid touching my face at all. I wash and moisturize my face and brush my teeth before and after the flight at the airport bathroom. Lastly, I figure out a game plane for my arrive before the trip like finding out how to get to the place I’m staying and what my schedule for the rest of the day is going to be. Usually on longer trips I don’t make any plans for the day of the arrival as I’m usually exhausted and craving a shower.