How To Survive A Long-Haul Flight In Style


Don’t you just hate pictures like the one of Miranda Kerr above? I don’t know about you, but when I’ve been on a long-haul flight I don’t feel anything like glamorous, and I sure don’t have the money to pay for the first class ticket that will ensure I feel rested and fresh when I reach my destination. However, after a number of lengthy flights I have learned a few tricks to ensure I don’t look like a zombie when I land. As I am about to embark on the longest flight of my life (London – Melbourne direct), I have had to remind myself of these things so that when my family sees me for the first time in 18 months, I’ll at least feel presentable! Here are my top tips:

Be well rested & well hydrated. I don’t just mean on the flight. Although it would be great if we could all get 8 hours’ sleep on the way to our destination, not all people can sleep on planes, so make sure you’ve had enough rest leading up to the day of your flight. Drink plenty of water before & during the flight, and you’ll find yourself much fresher when you arrive.

Pack essential toiletries. Here are the most important things I take with me on a long flight (in no particular order): toothbrush & toothpaste, cleansing wipes, oil blotting sheets, deodorant, dry shampoo, moisturiser, mascara and lipgloss. Of course, you need to remember to take travel-size items, or buy them in the terminal when you are through security. Brushing your teeth and cleaning your face a few times during the flight will help  you feel better at the other end.

Stretch. Not only is it better for your health to stretch regularly on a flight (it will help reduce the risk of DVT), it will also make you feel more alert and invigorated. Do the silly-looking stretches from the in-flight magazine (no-one’s watching), go for walks up and down the aisle and roll your neck and shoulders to keep the blood flowing. It’s not quite a spin class, but it’s much better than being stationary for 24 hours straight!

Change your clothes. Miranda Kerr did not get on her flight 24 hours before that photo was taken in that exact outfit. The secret to looking fresh when you get off a plane is to be fresh when you get off the plane. I like to wear a nice outfit to board the plane, then once we’ve taken off I change into yoga pants and a t-shirt, and right before we land I get back into my original clothes. Easy.

Don’t overdo it. These tips are to help you feel and look rested and refreshed at the end of a flight, not look ready for a night on the town. Everyone knows you’ve just been on a plane and you don’t need to look like you’re expecting the Paparazzi – leave the makeup bag in your checked baggage; a sweep of mascara and some lip gloss will be enough to make you look nice without being over-the-top.

Relax. How many times do you get to spend hours with no internet access, no phone, nothing to do and nowhere to be? Sure, you’re not lying on a sunny beach in Barbados, but why not make the most of the time and do some things you don’t usually have time for: read a book, watch some films, write a letter or snooze.

Unfortunately we can’t all be Miranda Kerr, but that doesn’t mean we can’t try to emulate her cool post-flight look! Do you have any tips for staying fresh on a long-haul flight?

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  • When I was in Southeast Asia, I started seeing many of the local girls bring these disposable face masks onto flights. They’re like face toilets but shaped to your face and you lay it on like a mask, leave it for a few minutes, take it off and voila! refreshed! I wish I could find them in the states…

  • Nickyveysey says:

    Far too glamourous!  I love your blog.  Who designed it for you?

  • Lila_fox says:

    i totally do ankle rotations when i’m seated on a long-haul flight, and i also take advantage of water each time the attendant offers it! good post, have fun back home!


  • Stacey Wilson says:

    I thought that was a picture of you at first Elle!  Haha!  Great tips – especially for travelling from our side of the world!

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