7 ways to make a long-haul flight fab

These tried-and-tested tips will have you arriving at your destination looking fresh and feeling like a superstar.

There are easy ways to make a flight more comfy.
  • Sudeshna Ghosh
  • April 2019

It’s the little things that make all the difference to your comfort on a long-haul flight, so make sure to pack these extras into your carry-on bag, and follow these smart tips, to luxe up your journey.

Prep an amenity kit

Pack a pouch with a travel-sized face moisturiser, hand cream, lip balm and facial spritz. Remember to use them frequently and generously during the flight – this will leave your skin feeling pampered, not parched.

Make sure to look after your skin while in the air.
Make sure to look after your skin while in the air.

Invest in high-quality headphones

Tune into the in-flight entertainment or tune out the sound around you with a pair of noise-cancelling headphones. The latest innovations in headphone technology effectively block out ambient noise and provide crystal-clear sound, which means you can create your own little universe listening to whatever you want to.

Wear a face mask

It may not be the most stylish travel look but dermatologists recommend using a sheet mask on your face while flying to lock in moisture and deliver much-needed nutrients to your skin. If it’s good enough for celebrities like Chrissy Teigen, it’s good enough for us!

Bring a good book

Studies have shown that reading promotes relaxation, helping you to switch off and fall asleep. Swap screen time – the blue light on electronic screens keeps you awake – for a good old-fashioned paperback.

Bring your own in-flight slippers

Carry a pair of disposable slippers (the sort you get in hotels and day spas) in your hand luggage – they’re handy for flight-swollen feet when you want to get up and walk around.

Create a snooze pod

Lack of sleep is associated with lowered immunity and other health issues so get plenty of rest. Bring your own travel pillow on board and pop a few drops of lavender oil on it to doze off easily. Warm socks and a luxurious eye mask also help.

Drink water to stay hydrated

According to the Aerospace Medical Association, the amount of water you need to drink to combat dehydration during a flight is 240 millilitres for every hour you’re in the air, plus an extra 240 millilitres for every alcoholic drink you consume. It’s always best to limit alcohol and coffee when flying, as they are both diuretic substances.