In spite of all the craziness happening in the world, travel is still popular. Companies are continuing to send employees off to complete training and attend meetings. Vacations and family reunions are being planned, and real adventure seekers cannot be stopped. Airlines are busy as ever.

Flying is one of the safest ways to travel, but not always the most enjoyable. Having flown in a plane more than a few times, I have a love/hate relationship with this mode of transportation. No matter how many times I board a plane, there’s always a certain amount of anxiety that accompanies me. For this reason, I need to find ways to make my time in the air as bearable as possible.

Below are just a few things that I do or make sure I have while in flight to keep things clean and classy. My actual list is quite longer–I even carry throw-away socks.

Plastic bags.

Have you ever been on a full flight that has minimal storage space? If you bring along a large purse, unless you hold it, it may end up having to go on the dirty floor–this is a no-no for me. Plastic bags are perfect for this situation. I just place my purse in the plastic bag, put it on the floor and then trash the bag when it’s time to disembark.

Noise canceling headphones.

Having headphones on flights is an absolute must for me. I do love babies, but the crying? Not so much. Often, it’s not even the babies, but the person who insists on talking during the entire 12-hour flight. My pair of Bose saves me every time.  I’ve tried other popular brands, but these are my favorite and I never head to the airport without them.

Antibacterial wipes.

You know what’s nasty? The armrests and that little drop-down tray to place your food on. Wipe them off before using because no one else did before you took your seat. I also like to wipe off the remote control when I’m on international flights.

Breath fresheners.

Having these are crucial and may be in the form of mints, mouthwash, gum, or breath strips. Whatever your preference, please be sure to bring some along. For international flights, these items won’t take the place of a good old toothbrush and tube of toothpaste though. Some people are unable to stomach brushing their teeth in the lavatories on the plane. In this case, be sure and head to the nearest restroom in the airport to get it done.

Face wipes.

Not only are these perfect for getting rid of the white stuff that accumulates on your face while sleeping, but they are also refreshing. Depending on the length of your flight, some airlines will hand out wet cloths, and sometimes they are warm, ahh.

Lip balm.

Dry air creates dehydrated skin and my lips are usually the first to feel it. I always keep a lip moisturizer within reach during long flights. Cracked lips are no fun and not cute.

Drink water.

Proper hydration before and during your flight is essential. It may be tempting to request an alcoholic beverage or soda, but opting for H2O instead is a better choice. Hanging out at high altitudes for an extended period dehydrates your body, and this isn’t good for your inside organs or your skin. Downing water while in flight has certain health benefits such as helping to cut the risk of heart attacks.

Walk around periodically on international flights.

I do this because my legs have a tendency to swell when I sit for extended periods of time. Be safe, however. Always take heed of the flight attendants’ instructions and pay attention to the seatbelt signs. Sometimes, turbulence is no joke and can do a lot of bodily harm. Another way to help reduce swelling of the legs/ankles is to wear compression socks. I don’t have any yet, but will be purchasing a pair soon.





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