How To Pack For And Survive A Long Haul Flight
Things have really started to get real now. My flight leaves from London Heathrow and touches down at Los Angeles International in exactly 45 days. I have 45 days left in England. My leaving party is in exactly 10 days. I’ve started to collect travel sizes of everything, and literally the only things I have left to sort out is travel insurance and for stuff in my new apartment, and shipping boxes. Start to expect a lot more travel and packing pieces here and on The Glossy Guide over the next few weeks!
A few days ago I realised that one area I had not even started to think about was the flight (I love the details), just how I was getting to the airport and what baggage I’m taking, and how I’m going to get to my new apartment from LAX. So, I’ve decided to put together this post which is half my long haul travel tips, and half a wish list of things I wish I could have for the flight!
Acne Sheer Mix Jumper: £120, Patent Vivienne Westwood Pouch: £78.70, The White Company Cashmere Bed Socks: £30, Clinique All About Eyes Roll On Serum: £21, Marc Jacobs Daisy 25ml Aeroplane Size: £25, Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Lip Protectant: £17, Apple iPad: from £339, Benefit Posie Pal: £15.50, Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat: £25
Lets start with clothing. If you’re not the sort of person who is happy wearing sweats in public (remember you’ll be in your flight clothes until you reach your final destination) go for a slouchy long sleeve (the air conditioning on aeroplanes is sometimes brutal, no matter how hot your destination, and you can always roll them up when you get there), a vest layer or two underneath so you can layer on and off temperature wise, and your most comfortable jeans or a pair of leggings. Yes, I am willing, for flying long haul only to lift my rule that leggings are not trousers just this once. However, I still feel I will be travelling in a pair of my favourite black high waisted Topshop leggings, a jersey dress and my vintage Levis jacket as it will take up too much valuable room in my suitcase.
Footwear is of the utmost importance when you are flying. As my grandfather keeps telling me, don’t wear anything that laces up, as your feet swell on the flight sometimes and if you take them off you’ll have a terrible time putting them back on again when you arrive at your destination. Some might say flip flops, but remember your shoes have to put up with you walking through airports, up moving stairs, and wherever you’re going when your flight touches down. I’m going to be flying in my Havaianas Flash Urban sandals that I have been living in this Summer, as they are basically sandals made out of flip flop that I can even run in, and can hold up to all that extra walking in comfort. For the plane, once you’ve slipped these off take an extra comfortable pair of cashmere bed socks – I adore the ones from The White Company.
In flight entertainment is rather important, and just before I get on the flight I pick up a copy of The Times (my newspaper of choice, has lots of great extras and is only £1 on weekdays) and some weekly political journals. I was lucky on my last flight to San Francisco I also got a complimentary copy of The Financial Times as I got on the plane (though how they expected me to read a massive broad sheet in economy seating I don’t know!) However, so I have two issues to enjoy, a few months before I hang onto and don’t read my favourite fashion glossies; Nylon and Tatler so I can enjoy them cover to cover. Almost everyone these days has an iPod and we’ll have those with us, fully charged and chocked full of music and podcasts (I recommend the entire back catalogue of Joy The Baker), but on my last flight I really wished I owned an iPad like the guy next to me; fantastic battery life, your own TV shows and movies, games, what more could you want?
Touch down. What beauty products in 25ml aeroplane sizes should you take for both your in flight comfort, and for little touch ups before you touch down so you don’t look like you’ve been on a plane for hours (I don’t recommend wearing any makeup on the plane at all). In flight, a makeup remover wipe in a clear sealed bag to take off any makeup you may be wearing at take off, and a small clear plastic pot with a little of your favourite moisturiser, as the air conditioning and height really dries your skin out. I recommend Clinqiue’s Moisture Surge Intense for this. On the way back from San Francisco, I got one of those special duty free bundles on some Clinique products, and in it I got their All About Eyes anti puffiness roll ons, and I think it is the best in flight product I have ever come across in my entire life. It really does sort out puffiness, and it is super cooling every few hours – no bags on touch down! Finally, lips. I swear by Elizabeth Arden’s Eight Hour products, so the lip version is essential for dealing with chapped lips in flight. Makeup wise, YSL’s Touch Eclat solves all ills, and Benefit’s Limited Edition Posie Tint/ California Dreaming duo is a great multi purpose product to do cheeks and lips. Finally, Marc Jacobs have come up with an amazing anti break, 25ml bottle of the fantastic Daisy scent especially for aeroplanes, just a little bit of in flight luxury. I hate those clear plastic bags you have to put things in on flights, so once I have got through the security I’m going to tip my travel beauty essentials into this Vivianne Westwood patent pouch which was a gift from the shoe site Spartoo.
Finally, I asked on Twitter some of my followers what their in haul flight tips were, and here are a few of the gems:
Also for in flight tips, I just keep and keep on referring back to this great long haul in flight travel guide by one of my favourite bloggers, and ultimate globe trotter Gala Darling – her tips were very useful when I embarked on my first ever long haul flight!
What are your long haul in flight essentials?
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