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Health & Wellbeing / Claire Blackmore

How To Prepare Your Body For A Long-Haul Flight

There’s nothing better than a trip to a far-flung destination, but getting there can be hard on the human body, especially if there’s a long flight involved. To make your travels as easy and stress-free as possible on your skin, soul and everything in-between, check out our top tips for flying long-haul.

Hydrate, hydrate, HYDRATE!

Sure, you don’t want to be the person making everyone in your row move once an hour while you hit the bathroom AGAIN, but it really is important to drink water before and throughout your flight. Grab a two-litre bottle at the airport, or the biggest one they have, and get to work. And, if you’re planning on drinking any alcohol in the air, make sure you have a cup of water for every cocktail.

Additionally, hydrating snacks like fruits and vegetables will help, as will laying off the salt in-flight. We know crisps and wine go really well together, but maybe wait until you land to indulge, and go for carrot sticks, celery or grapes instead.


Use an ultra-moisturising lotion after your pre-plane shower, like Balance Me’s Rose Otto Body Cream, and make sure you carry lip balm and a small tube of moisturiser in your hand luggage. Your face and body will thank you for it.

Consider a natural sleep aid  

While you’ll want to try and do your snoozing on the time zone of your destination, in order to beat jet lag, it can be hard to force yourself to nod off. Scentered’s Sleep Essentials Set includes a silk eye mask far nicer than any airline-issued ones, plus Sleep Well Balm, which contains palmarosa and lavender to encourage sleep. Dreamy.

Take your vitamins

Always catching colds on planes? Prevention is better than cure, so consider adding a multivitamin to your daily routine, as well as Echinacea. The herb is known for its cold-preventing benefits, but always check in with your doctor if you’re unsure about taking a new supplement.

Stay fresh

That groggy feeling after sleeping on a plane can easily be shifted with a brush of your teeth, a baby wipe bath and a change of undies. Make sure you pack your hand luggage with everything you’ll need to feel human, like deodorant, toothpaste, clean pants and socks, and enough sanitary products to see you through if you’re on your period.


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