Long-haul flights can often leave you feeling worse for wear, but fear not, we’ve enlisted the help of Priyanka Chawla, a Jet Airways flight attendant, to give her top tips on how to survive a marathon-worthy plane journey, ensuring that you look and feel your best when you finally reach your destination.
1. Stay hydrated
Air travel can sometimes be incredibly dehydrating so it’s important to drink as much water as possible. Whilst there’s not a recommended number of litres you should drink whilst onboard, it’s suggested that you should exceed your recommended daily amount. Don’t be afraid to grab your nearest flight attendant and ask for a glass or two!
2. Keep your skin hydrated too
On the subject of hydration, not only is it important to keep your thirst at bay, but you also need to keep your skin full of moisture too. With the air in cabins being recycled, pressurised air can leave your skin feeling rough and dry, so be sure to carry all the essentials, such as hand lotion and lip balm.
3. Avoid coffee
Getting as much sleep as possible on a flight is a sure-fire way to making sure you’re alert and awake when you reach your destination, allowing you to begin exploring as soon as you touch down. Caffeine is a stimulant, not only will it keep you awake, but it can make you irritable, so swap your regular Latte for a Green Tea, which will calm any pre-flight stresses and help make your journey even more enjoyable.
4. Don’t forget noise cancelling headphones
There is nothing worse than the roar of an aeroplane engine, the sound of a crying baby or the chit-chat of passengers around you when you’re trying to get some downtime. To avoid unwanted interruptions to your well-deserved beauty sleep, make sure you bring noise cancelling headphones. While they won’t drown out all noise, they’ll certainly help you on your way to the land of nod.
5. Bring on the eye mask
Although they are not the most attractive accessory, an eye mask will protect your eyes from any unwanted light and help you sleep. Don’t keep it on for the whole flight though, you wouldn’t want to miss a beautiful sunrise or stunning sunset en-route to your destination.
6. Dress for the journey
In the words of Coco Chanel, ‘Every day is a fashion show and the world is the runway’, and selecting the right outfit is key, so plan ahead! Look stylish in the departures lounge without being uncomfortable on the plane by packing your favourite loungewear in your hand luggage. Once on board and ready to relax you can opt for a quick change to make sure your nine-hour flight as comfortable as possible.
7. Go minimal with makeup
As the saying goes, less is more and this certainly applies to your make-up look when flying. Minimal makeup will leave you looking polished whilst feeling fresher for longer onboard. Concealer, tinted lip balm and a swipe of waterproof mascara and you’re good to go.
8. Choose your in-flight meals carefully
You’re four and a half hours into a nine-hour flight and the temptation is there to opt for a rich, carb filled meal, but DON’T! This will make you feel tired, sluggish and full of regret. Instead, opt for a healthier option with minimal salt, your skin will thank you after. Don’t forget your travel-sized toothbrush and toothpaste kit to keep your breath minty fresh throughout your journey too.
Jet Airways, India’s premier international airline, flies daily from London Heathrow to Delhi, three times daily to Mumbai. Visit JetAirways online for more info.