Airplane Essentials

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Snacks– I’ve never been a fan of plane food (show me someone who is!) even more so now so I usually make sure to stock up on a bunch of snacks I can tuck away in my carry-on. This time I’m taking coconut chips, paleo granola bars, popcorn, homemade granola, and my favourite, chocolate! I also really enjoy grabbing my own meal at the airport from the best place I can find and taking that on board. Flying out of Gatwick, I usually head to Pret A Manger and grab one of their superfood salads and a green juice.

Water– I like to buy a big litre bottle of water once I’ve cleared security so that I can stay properly hydrated before flying. Airplanes play so much havoc on our skin and we dehydrate quite quickly so it’s always good to have water on hand at all times.

Lip Balm– I usually have more than one kicking about in my handbag and the same goes when on airplanes. I love my Nova Scotia Fisherman lip balm and I also love to take a little of May Lindstrom’s Blue Cocoon on board which not only smells heavenly but also doubles as a moisturizer and eye cream.

Rose Water– I really love rose water at the moment. It’s been really great for calming inflammation on my skin and keeping it hydrated before applying a moisturizer. Plus it smells really lovely and the size is acceptable to bring onto the plane.

Anti-Bacterial Spray/Gel– Hundreds of people, several hours, all cramped in one small space does not make for the most hygienic place! It’s good to carry something extra and I love this Dukha To Sukha spray (actually a yoga mat spray) because it’s multi-purpose and makes a great hand sanitizer.

Oregano Oil– Without fail, around this time of the year I tend to come down with a cold and I’ve been fighting this off by taking oregano oil. It doesn’t taste that great but it really is one of the best things I have found to take for the immune system. Any sign of sniffles or sore throats disappears when I take this and I’ve been having it everyday in the lead up to flying.

Essential Oils– I don’t wear perfume but I do love the scent of many essential oils. I find them a lot subtler and they’re really lovely to have either to relax before a flight or freshen up with just as you’re landing. I have a blend for stress and anxiety that I love from this little apothecary shop I found in the New Forest.

Eye Mask– I can’t always sleep on planes but I make sure to pack one of these anyway just in case! This one is from Saje Wellness and smells of lavender and chamomile.

Big Comfy Socks– I usually find myself getting super cold on airplanes so I always pack a big warm pair for the journey.

Books– If I don’t already have one, I really love going into the bookshop before boarding and seeking out a book I know nothing about to read with all the spare time I know I’ll have. If I don’t find a book, I often grab some magazines and even a word search puzzle book (which I secretly really enjoy!)

Notebook– I also take along a notebook to write down anything and everything that comes to mind. Being disconnected from technology and having so much time on your hands is a really good reason to keep this on hand.

Headphones– The in-flight ones just aren’t the same as pulling out my own pair that I know are guaranteed to work to watch movies and listen to my music.

Gum– This tends to already be in my handbag so I just pack some more for a longer journey; I love Pur gum.

Scarf– I love scarves and always have a hard time choosing which ones to take with me when I go anywhere! I always pack a bigger, warmer, cozy one like my cashmere one which doubles as a blanket.

Sunglasses– Always pairs well with jet lag and even works to hold up messy hair before you get the chance to grab a shower.

Tili Bag– I loved these bags from the first time I saw them. They come sized and ready to go through security and come in really cute patterns to carry all of your liquids. You can find them here.

Travel Documents– Of course you can’t go anywhere without these and they are the most important. I have a travel pouch that I keep my passport and tickets in so they’re easy to access.

I know all of this seems like a lot but it really isn’t when it’s all packed and in your bag. Traveling between the UK and Canada no longer feels like a huge trek to me and I find having these items tides me over and keeps me happy on my journey until I arrive at my destination.

 

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Jet Lag Remedies

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If you’ve ever travelled on a plane, to another country, or another time zone, you’ve likely experienced jet lag!

I’ve just been for a visit back home to Canada and got back to the UK this past week. When I head there, I can usually ease myself into adjusting much quicker. However coming back I always feel lethargic and constantly fighting sleep! I have a few things I like to do that make the transition a bit easier:

  1. I always stick to whatever time zone I’m currently in. If it’s daytime when I arrive, I stay up until nighttime and go to bed as I usually would. I never take any naps as I find this disrupts my sleeping and overall how I feel even more. Of course, trying to then get a good night’s sleep is always helpful as well!
  2. I don’t usually feel that hungry when I arrive somewhere so I try to stay hydrated with water and herbal tea and wait until breakfast the next day. Then I make sure to have a proper meal including something like a green smoothie with lots of veggies and nutrients and/or some eggs with avocado on the side.
  3. Instead of having a quick shower, I like to try and take a warm bath with Epsom salts and essential oils. The Epsom salts contain magnesium, which is great for your muscles (when you have been sitting in the same place for a long time) and helps you to sleep better. I choose an essential oil such as lavender, which is calming and relaxing for body and mind.
  4. Finally I like to do some yoga. Nothing too strenuous on the day of arriving, I keep it simple. A Sun Salutation or two, taking my time in Uttanasana (Standing Forward Fold) and Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward Facing Dog) stretching out my calves and legs. Viparita Karani (Legs Up Wall) is great for lightly stretching out hamstrings and for any lower back pain. Balasana (Childs Pose) is very grounding and relaxing before bed. I also personally like to add Pigeon Pose to relieve tension in the hips and thighs.

These are the main things I try to incorporate when travelling to avoid the symptoms that tend to arise from jet lag. They help to make the whole transition a bit smoother when settling into your destination!