- Stay hydrated – drink lots of water! They say to avoid alcohol and caffeine on flights because they’re dehydrating … but given my flight anxiety, having some wine with dinner really helps me relax. So I bring along a full water bottle and ask the flight attendants to refill it for me when empty.
- Moisturize – hand and face moisturizer are always handy if your skin dries out. But I’m talking about moisturizing your nasal passages (fun!) For any flight longer than 5 hours, I’ve started using a simple saline nasal spray hourly during the flight. Might look weird, but it makes my nose feel so much better. I didn’t even realize it was so dry until I started doing this.
- Be extra germ aware – wash your hands frequently, and don’t touch your nose or eyes.
- Bring comforting items – this is unscientific, but a personal belief – I think our immune systems are stronger when we’re relaxed, comfortable and happy (ie, not stressed). So bring some items to improve your flight experience – my travel kit contains: fuzzy socks, a good book, noise-cancelling headphones, my ipod, and warm scarf/wrap.
As a last touch, being the product junkie that I am, I now bring a homemade facial mist. In my less-green days I used an evian facial spray, or even more expensively, one of the fancy face spray products made for plane travel. But now I make my own. It’s super simple, you can customize the scent, and packs a double-punch of being antibacterial AND relaxing.
Jet Setter Facial Mist
Rosewater (or distilled water) – Rosewater is moisturizing and soothing, so it’s perfect in this recipe. But you could also use orange flower water or distilled water.
Essential oils (lavender, geranium, rosemary, or whatever you prefer)
Small pump spray bottle (under 100ml for airline regulations!)
How to: Add 50ml or slightly less than 1/4 c. of rosewater to your spray bottle.
Add 10 drops of essential oil (I used 5 drops lavender, 3 drops rosemary, 2 drops geranium).
Shake. Spray on your face or in the air in front of you on the plane (avoiding your seat-mates!!)
Note: The ratio is 20 drops essential oil per 100 ml of water. Use any combination of essential oils that you want. I would include something purifying like eucalyptus, rosemary, tea tree, lemon etc. plus something relaxing like lavender, geranium, clary sage etc.
How do you stay relaxed & healthy while travelling? Share your tips below.