People call me crazy, but I actually love long-distance flights. Growing up flying back and forth between Korea and the United States, I’ve become accustomed to 12- or 14-hour flights and use that time to unwind and recharge for the trip ahead. There are many benefits to long-distance flights, such as free meals, and access to an entire library of the latest movies and TV shows. I usually catch up on all the shows I’ve been meaning to watch during my flights to Korea! In addition, while having zero access to the Internet for 14 hours can be a scary thought, it actually forces you to take your eyes off the tiny screen and rest.
However, not all long-distance flying is created equal, and there are some ways to make your next in-flight experience even better. Here are some of my tips and tricks I’ve learned along the way:
Pack something to keep you warm: When you’re flying at an altitude of 39,000 feet, it can get a little chilly in the airplane cabin. While most airlines provide you with a blanket, it’s not always the softest, so bring your favorite scarf, sweater, or even a small blanket. Also, I highly recommend packing a pair of soft, fuzzy socks like these to keep your feet comfortable.
Hydrate your skin with your favorite products: Being on an airplane for more than 10 hours can be tough on your skin, so bring small samples of your favorite skincare products to reapply every few hours (if you wear makeup, don’t forget to pack some face wipes, too). While some people like to use sheet masks, I think they are a little too messy to be used during a flight and prefer face oils and moisturizer. Also, if you have extra dry skin like me, I recommend using a facial mist.
Make sure your favorite gadgets are charged: This is a no-brainer, but it’s always important to make sure that your devices, including smartphone, tablet, and laptop, are fully charged before you take off. With on-air entertainment options, you may not even have the time to use them, but it’s always great to have them charged just in case.
Embrace the unplugged experience: After your phone and laptop have been switched to airplane mode, you won’t be able to check Instagram or Snapchat, so pack your purse with books, magazines, or even journals to keep you busy! If you’re all about keeping a digital record, Moleskine’s Evernote Smart Notebook lets you sync your handwritten notes with your Evernote account seamlessly.
Remember to take breaks and stretch: Sitting in a cramped chair for many hours can be a miserable experience, but you can make it better by taking short walks around the airplane cabin (without disrupting your neighbors) or even doing a few quick stretches while waiting for the bathroom. Airplane cabins are cramped no matter what, so you have to make the best use of the limited space!