Whether your travelling first class or coach, a travel kit with all your favourite essentials is a must for any long haul flight. With the usual inclusion like toothpaste, deodorant, hand sanitiser and hair brush, don’t forget lip balm, dry shampoo, body lotion, micellar wipes, mouthwash and moisturiser to make it easy to freshen up .
Jetlag begone. Crossing time zones and sitting in the airs for hours can disrupt the body’s natural rhythm so the key to minimising jet lag is staying hydrated, eating light, moving around the cabin as much as possible and getting as much sleep as you can. A silk eye mask, travel cushion, warm scarf and a lavender essential oil mist can help to relax your body and may improve sleep quality.
It’s not enough to pay to offset your carbon when you fly. Eco-concious travellers should pack a sustainable water bottle in their carry-on to actively avoid having to use the single-use plastic bottles doled out during the dinner service. Choose a bottle that is good for both hot and cold drinks and you can ask the flight attendant to top up your leak-proof tumbler with water so you don’t have to buzz them to stay hydrated.
With personal space restricted on board it definitely pays to be organised with your belongings, and a packing cube can help with keeping everything super-organised. Additionally, if you are travelling with a family you can assign each person a different coloured cube which can all fit in one bag.
Noise-cancelling headphones don’t cut out all the noise of a crowded plane but they will certainly reduce the droning sound of the engine and the bloke blathering on in seat behind you.