Travel Hacks: Expertly Navigate Long Flights with These Pro-Tips


In Flight

If the idea of being in a metal container thousands of feet off the ground for long periods of time stresses you out, you’re not alone. Stash a small bottle of lavender oil in your bag and try rubbing some under your nose during the flight. Lavender has been known to help with anxiety and there is some evidence it may have antibacterial and antiviral properties, so it may help prevent picking up germs while in flight.

Speaking of germs, the airplane is pretty much covered in them. From the seatbelt buckle to the overhead vents and the flush button in the bathroom, there’s really no escape. Antibacterial wipes are a great line of defense, and it doesn’t hurt to wipe down things you’ll be spending a lot of time touching like the screen in the seat in front of you or the armrest you’ll be jockeying for with your seat mate.

Another key to staying healthy on your journey is water. Planes are notorious for leaving passengers dehydrated, and the complimentary beverages you’ll receive in flight aren’t enough to combat the negative effects. Try traveling with a collapsible water bottle and filling it up at a water fountain — just make sure you’re through security first.

Noise cancelling headphones are a godsend for long flights. Though most brands offer a wireless product, make sure you have the option to use them plugged in so you can take advantage of the in-flight entertainment system. If you’re planning on using them to help you sleep, pair them with a fun eye mask.

Most planes now come equipped with USB charging ports built into your seat, but chances are you may be taking other forms of transportation during your trip, and trains or buses may only offer an electrical outlet. A universal adapte is an obvious necessity, especially one with multiple usb ports. It’s probably smart to have at least two of these, should you find yourself needing to charge a laptop, phone, those wireless headphones, and hairdryer all at once. And if you’re on the go with no outlets — USB or otherwise —keep a portable charger stashed close by.

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