Flights are rough. Especially When you need to do 2x festivals on opposite sides of the globe within one week. Although global travel for work is eye opening, it’s not always the most luxurious. Unless you are an influencer being flown out for an event or a senior executive, reality is, you’re in economy.
The worst flight I have ever taken was from Montevideo (Uruguay) to Perth (Australia). We had our festival in Uruguay on the first Saturday of January and then the next morning our team hopped on a flight to do it all over again the next weekend….on the other side of the world.
So the flight went like this.
We left Montevideo and flew 3.5-hours to Sao Paulo, because of a refueling issue we then needed to go 2 more hours to Buenos Aires and have a 5-hour layover. Then, once the plane was all fueled up, we flew 14-hours to Dubai and had a 11-hour layover in the airport. We tried to leave but realized we couldn’t without a Visa so we made the most of it by seeing what the airport offered. Evidently, Dubai had a lot. A hotel, a spa – you name it, they had it. Once those 11 hours were up we had ANOTHER 11-hour flight from Dubai to Perth. Left on Sunday – Arrived on Wednesday in Perth. Phew. We were dead. My body had no idea what time it was so my eyes shut even before my body hit the bed.
Because of flights like this, your body breaks. I vowed to do everything in my power to keep my body, skin and mind healthy when taking any flight. For the past 2-years I have tried everything under the sun and finally have it locked down to a science. This is how I do it –
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Zzzquil – Made by the same company as Dayquil and Nyquil – this pill strictly helps you sleep. This knocks me out on flights and I always bring enough so I can take it for the first few nights of wherever I’m going. New time zones can be tough when you need to adjust so quickly – Zzzquil helps with that.
Airborn – Did you know Airplanes are one of the most germ-infested places on earth? Yeah. Not cool. This product helps support your immune system in probably the easiest place to pick up germs. I’m a fan of the gumies because who doesn’t like taking gumies as an adult
Zicam – Feel like you’re already getting sick? Nose running, slight cough? TAKE ZICAM. I like the nose swabs but the dissolving tabs work as well.
CeraVe Face Wipes – This can be any type of face wipe. I particularly like this brand because they are no nonsense. They don’t try to add crazy scents; they just do the job at hand – keep my skin clear. They also make it in a face wipe form. This can sometimes be a bit stingy in the eye area so consider yourself warned. Side note: NEVER travel on flights with makeup. You are just asking for a crazy breakout on your face.
Sephora Eye Mask – Sephora now sells these awesome 1x time packs of eye masks. I always get a few before I travel to use to keep crazy dark circles from appearing. They’re about $5. The Pearl and GreenTea are my two favorites because always leave me feeling fresh and my skin tight.
Eye Cover – Something to invest in. The ones that airlines give you on the flight work. But if you travel a lot, investing in one of these is a must.
Neck Pillow – Invest invest invest! I can’t say it enough this is the single most important thing to be comfy on a long flight. I’m a big fan of J-Pillow Travel Pillow but it really all depends on how supportive you want it.
Water bottle – always grab a water bottle in the airport. They never give you enough on long flights and you come off the plane very dehydrated.
Socks, Sweatshirt, Sweatpants – If you’re like me and you get cold easily, always make sure to have things to keep you warm on the plane. This also helps you fall asleep easier.
Recharge battery (Mophie) – For the most part, planes have USB chargers now but I still always come with my Mophie charged. There is nothing worse than you’re phone dying mid-flight and then not knowing the address to your Airbnb.
Spotify playlist – Better safe than sorry. Download what you want to listen too. Wifi does not always work and then you’re shit out of luck.
Your Bank/ Credit Card Company – Tell them you’re leaving! I used to make this mistake all the time and my card wouldn’t work which would then leave me on hold with my bank for 30 minutes trying to get everything back up and running. For most banks it’s as easy as applying your travel plans on line.
Phone Plan – Get data before you leave! Although in most places now you can get free wifi – having some data as backup when you really need it can be the difference between a 2 hour journey and a 6 hour one.