I love traveling by airplane. It’s one of the few opportunities I have to be in my own world. If I’m traveling for fun, I can use the time to catch-up on reading or watch a movie I meant to see in theaters. And when I’m traveling for work, it’s an opportunity to decline meetings and actually tackle long-term projects or knock-out overdue tasks. I have a fastidious airplane routine that helps me get settled in and comfortable before take-off.
- Clean the tray table. Airplane turnover is notoriously under-staffed and done at a bare minimum. While I’m not a germaphobe, I do wipe down my tray table of any leftover stickiness. I especially like to travel with these Herban Essentials wipes for cleaning tray tables and my hands.
- Put essentials in the seat-back pocket. With the exception of my laptop (which has to stay stowed for takeoff), I like to pull out anything I might want during the flight and place it into the seatback pocket. I don’t like having to repeatedly rummage through my bag throughout the flight, especially once my seatmates arrive.
- Braid my hair. Seriously! If I put my hair up in a French braid, it’s more comfortable to sleep in than a ponytail and it gives my hair a little texture upon landing.
- Moisturize. The interior of an airplane is arid. I’m prone to dry skin, so I make sure to put on facial moisturizer and hand lotion before takeoff and again before landing.
- Layer. I’m always cold so being on an airplane is no exception. Depending on where you’re traveling to or from, your clothes might not match the plane’s interior temp. Before taking off, I layer. My go-to plane outfit is a jacket over a sweater over a tee + pants or a maxi skirt + a wrap scarf.
- Keep my shoes on. For red eyes, I do like to switch out my shoes for slippers, but I wait until after take-off. Why keep my shoes on? In case of emergency. Should you need to de-plane, you don’t want to be barefoot and running across the tarmac. Similarly, if you in heels, consider switching into flats during boarding – you cannot wear heels on the emergency slide.
- Drink water. Most of my flights are long haul so I try to stay hydrated by drinking a liter of water throughout the flight. It also forces me to get up and walk around. I like to bring my own (empty) bottle to fill-up post-security screening.
- Introduce myself. Finally, I like to say hello to my fellow seatmates. And since I have to have an aisle seat, I let the other people in my row know that I’m happy to get up whenever they need to move about, too. #karma