Tips for Comfortable Layovers and Air Travel
(Or a guide to being a traveling powerhouse)
After our recent trip to Spain, we became all too acquainted with airport and planes. (It’s a love-hate relationship, a necessary evil, if you will) We had 2 flight delays going to Spain and 1 long layover coming back. When we plan a trip, we often forget about the flight and airport part. We are so focused on our destination that the journey getting us there is often full of discomforts. I know, I know, I am a travel blogger and should know better. Hey, I get lazy and forgetful before a vacation, too! Oh and here are some tips on packing like a pro, you know before you even get to the airport!
I jotted some notes down while in the Philly airport, in hopes that I can help make your next travel experience even more hassle-free and remind you to bring items that I often forget! (where art thou, eye mask?!)
8 Tips for Comfortable Layovers and Air Travel:
1. Wear comfy clothes and shoes: Unless you’re on a business trip, there is no need to dress up in blazers and heels! I wear my elephant pants or broken in jeans and a loose-fitting top. Wear slip-on shoes or sandals for easy TSA check-ins. Also, do not be afraid to rock the granny panties for that added comfort…ain’t no shame in that game!
2.Pack the contacts and rock the four eyes: If you are superman or my husband, with your perfect vision, this tip doesn’t concern you. For the rest of my sight impaired travelers, skip the contacts and wear the glasses. There is nothing worse than waking up with your contacts glued to your eyes, except maybe the constant pink-eye look you are now winking with! Hey, it deters strangers from chatting with you so if you are a fellow introvert, this may be a new technique to try! For me, glasses are so much easier to remove when you are washing your face between flights.
3.Stay hydrated: “But Maegan, I don’t want to have to pee 1.5 million times in that tiny airplane!” I understand but NEWS FLASH that coffee and soda you are chugging are diuretics, meaning they pull fluid out of you. I drink water each time the hostess offers and get coffee every other time on long flights. Combat those travel headaches, literally, by staying hydrated!
*PRO TIP: Save money on water by bringing an empty water bottle from home and refilling at the water stations throughout the airport.
4.Be a germaphobe: Be mindful of what you touch! Seats, armrests, tray tables, handles, and side rails are LOADED with disease-carrying germs! Wash your hands whenever possible and use hand sanitizer when it’s not possible. Keep your hands off your face! (your nose itches now, doesn’t it?) Your face has many internal entry points (orifices) that can cause you to get sick FAST. Stay inside of your bubble and lay on your jacket if you must sit on the floor of the airport. Being sick can ruin a vacation!
5.Bring comforts from home: Okay, I am not talking about bringing your mama’s meatloaf or your ginormous quilt with you, here aare some smaller comforts I had in mind. I always try to bring a jacket or scarf in case the flight or airport is chilly and they double as pillows. I carry my chap stick and cough drops to fight the moisture loss from the piped-in air. If I have a layover, I will wash my face and brush my teeth to feel “normal” again. Remember to keep your medications with you in your carry on. Flying can cause headaches and other icky-stuff so have what you need handy. Sometimes checked bags get lost! (another travel plight I have faced on my recent Spain adventure!)
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6.Bring headphones and eye masks: Headphones are great for watching a new movie and even better for blocking out noises or ignoring unwanted conversations. Eye masks are my most valuable item! I have used them in airports, on flights, and in my shared Airbnb spaces. Also, click that airbnb link for a discount on your first booking!!
I need DARKNESS when I sleep. It never fails there is a serial reader near me with the damn light on the WHOLE 8 HOUR FLIGHT! “Maegan, what about neck pillows?” Hey, I’m not a neck pillow gal but give it a shot for yourself!
7.Sleep as much as possible: This handy trick helps you to combat jet lag. When we arrive in a new city, we hit grab espresso and hit the ground running. However, we ALWAYS try to sleep on our overnight flights to readjust to our new time zones. Also, just keep moving to fight jet lag!
8.Keep the blood flowing: Stand up, bounce your feet and legs, stretch often, and walk when possible. Any layover you have, move around and get that heart rate up versus sitting at your next gate. The older we get, the easier it is for DVT blood clots to develop. Blood clots are painful and can be deadly if they migrate to your heart and lungs! Yes, I do work in a hospital at my day job, how did you know? Also, this link takes you to some of the better compression socks available on Amazon!
For more tips on surviving long haul flights, this post will hook you up.
Did these give you any new ideas? What are some things you would add to this list?
Be Well and Travel Often!
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