Vacation time is upon us, woohoo! I’ve been flying around between Germany, Bali and the rest of the world so much in the last few years that I got a nice little routine of getting as comfortable as possible on the plane by now. Here are my favorite long haul flight essentials you need as a traveling yogi! Get ready for a comfortable flight, ensuring that you arrive already relaxed, ready for a wonderful trip full of adventures and new experiences.
1. ALWAYS DRESS COMFORTABLE ON A LONG HAUL FLIGHT
Yes, I too admire celebrities who arrive at the airport all stylish and pretty. But the truth is, they change as soon as they are on the plane. Whatever you decide on wearing, don’t make the mistake and wear shorts or a short dress on a long haul flight. Not only can it get uncomfortably cold on airplanes, I think it’s also really yucky sitting practically naked on those airplane seats.
I like to wear comfortable clothes like leggings and layer those with long shirts and a cardigan. I also always pack some fluffy socks so my feet don’t get cold and carry a big scarf to snuggle in.
2. BRING YOUR GADGETS
In-flight entertaining on long haul flights can be fantastic but I don’t rely on it. I carry my iPad with my own movie selection (now you can also download shows on Netflix and watch them offline, woohoo!), a notebook, my Kindle and magazines. Yep, I’m pretty packed…
Recently I discovered podcasts and now I pre-download new episodes of my favorite shows in advance too. One of the best investments I ever made are noise-cancelling headphones that block out the engine noise. Yes, they are pricey, but I loooove them! The best are from Bose but cheaper alternatives work too.
3. SLEEP TIGHT ON YOUR NEXT FLIGHT
No matter if it’s an overnight flight or not, earplugs and a sleep mask are definitely essentials for a long haul flight for me. You could also invest in one of these travel pillows they always sell at the airport.
It’s also nice to carry some essential oils with you like peppermint or lavendel. With restrictions placed on carrying liquids on the plane, the easiest way to take aromatherapy on board is to just take essential oils that have already been absorbed into a tissue or handkerchief.
4. EAT HEALTHY AND STAY HEALTHY
Never rely on airplane food is one of my essentials on a long haul flight. Whenever possible I try bringing some healthy snacks with me such as energy balls, nuts and some cut up vegetables and fruits. If you have the option to select your airplane meal, I think the Asian vegetarian option is the best choice.
To stay healthy on a long flight, I bring a little pack of sanitizing wipes and thoroughly wash my hands as often as possible. Something I want to try for my next long haul flight us making my own hand sanitizer with aloe vera gel, water and antibacterial oil plus some lavender, lemon, or peppermint. That way I’m prepared to keep hands and surfaces clean and add some nice smell to my surroundings too.
5. STAY HYDRATED
This has to be the most important factor in staying healthy in the air. After security check, I always try to buy a big bottle of water and take it with me on the plane, so I’m not dependent on the tiny cups the flight attendants are handling out.
Or even better and more environment friendly – bring an empty water bottle with you to the airport and fill it up in the bathroom before boarding or ask at a restaurant (obviously, this only applies for countries where tap water is drinkable).