You’re booked on a long haul flight somewhere fun or exotic, but you’re sitting in economy, or perhaps premium economy, and you don’t want to arrive looking, and feeling, less than your best. So what can you do? Besides resting, sleeping, eating lightly, drinking plenty of water, and limiting your intake of alcohol and caffeine, there isn’t much else. But there are a few essentials you can take on board with you to make a difference to your appearance, and how you feel on arrival. Top of our list, especially for light sleepers, is a pair of quality ear plugs or noise-cancelling headphones; blocking out peripheral noise, which can include crying children, snoring, and general aircraft noise can help you to rest or even sleep. Usefully, some ear plugs are also designed to relieve ear discomfort, the annoying clogging and popping some people are really prone to when flying. Another essential which can make you feel fresh on arrival is a disposable toothbrush; some are a combination toothbrush and toothpick in one, coming with a freshening bead you can swallow so you don’t need water to use it. Feminine wipes and a change of undies can make a big difference to personal freshness, also spritzing yourself with a loved fragrance from a mini perfume spray is guaranteed to make you feel more human on arrival.
When it comes to your skin, gentle facial wipes are essential for removing any makeup, and for refreshing your skin en-route. Pop a couple into a mini sized zip lock bag, and when you are ready to use one they’ll remove makeup as well as cleanse and tone your skin in one step. Once you’ve removed makeup, keep your skin well hydrated and moisturised with a quality moisturiser; some you can even leave on as a boosting mask if you don’t mind getting some strange looks! To keep your skin hydrated, or if you don’t want to be bothered with removing makeup, or using a moisturiser, spritz your face regularly to help keep it better hydrated; pick something with rosewater in it, which is extra hydrating. And finally treat your lips to a luxury lip balm. It’s not just your complexion which can become dry on a long flight, as your lips can also be prone to chapping and tightness. Just make sure you pick something natural such as coconut oil which won’t make your lips drier in the long term.