If you have some vacation plans over next few months, then you’re bound to have accompanying travel adventures, both good and bad. While you may already consider yourself a flying veteran, there are still a few things that can help ease your trip from start to finish. Blogger and Instagrammer Cindy spends nearly 240 days of the year on the road, so she knows a trick or two about stress-free travel. Scroll below to read all of her savvy tips.
1. Adjust your schedule to your new time zone immediately. For a smooth transition upon arrival, Ko recommends adjusting to the destination’s new clock as quickly as possible. “I always stick to the time zone I land in for my sleeping patterns and meals. I push through to avoid jet lag and to get my body clock on track,” she says.
2. Have a packing plan. According to the jet-setter, suitcase organization is key to keeping everything from sunblock to a sundress within easy reach upon arrival. Ko leans on travel cubes ($10) to keep things structured. Then, for bulkier items, like hats, Ko applies a simple trick. “I layer clothes within and around them to keep their shape,” she says.
3. Stay hydrated. It’s no secret that the dry airplane air can wreak havoc on skin, hair, and, well, everything else. Instead of relying on the pint-sized water cups the airline provides, Ko encourages travelers to come prepared. “Bring an empty bottle of water with you or carry a thermos and ask the flight attendants to fill it up for you once you’ve boarded,” she says. “I also like to bring along my own tea bags and healthy snacks.”
4. Protect your face. Harmful rays can still get at your skin while you’re 30,000 feet up. “It’s a well-known fact that you can get a sunburn onboard, so to protect from UVA rays, it’s important to wear sunscreen,” says Ko. The blogger also likes to keep some other fresh-faced items in easy reach. “I always have makeup remover wipes with me, and I take off my makeup if I’m wearing any while boarding and apply a face mask sheet while I sleep. My favorite face mask is the Korean brand Nature Republic, in Green Tea or Rose. They help to refresh and moisturize my skin while traveling [for] such a long period of time,” she adds.
5. Maintain key parts of your beauty routine. Whether you have dinner plans after touchdown or you simply want to freshen up, Ko likes to keep a couple of key things from her beauty routine for last minute touch-ups. “Before landing, I will apply my makeup, brush my teeth, and use a facial mist or rose water to freshen up,” she says. Favorites for the traveler include brands with travel-sized products, like Lancôme and Chanel.
6. Double up on frequently used products. As someone who’s continuously on the go, Ko abides by one thing to cut down on packing time — doubling up on products. “I own two of every product; one is kept at home while the other is left in my luggage ready to go, so I don’t have to continually repack my toiletries and makeup pouch,” she says. Then, to ensure there are no leakages along the way, the blogger stashes her items in ziplock bags or plastic makeup pouches.
7. Bring multitasking items like… baking soda. Ko relies on one unexpected item to get her through her long flights — baking soda. “Whether it’s for exfoliating, adding to a warm bath to soften my skin, used as a deodorant, or even as a dry shampoo, it’s the perfect carry on item, just like baby powder,” she adds.
8. Have essentials within arm’s reach. Keeping your essentials close by will help make those transatlantic flights feel so much smoother. Ko’s must-haves? “I can’t travel without earplugs, eyes shades, a travel pillow, moisturizing lip balm, or hand cream,” she says. “I also bring an extra pair of headphones, an extra charger, and a power bank for my electronics.” Consider all of these items on our packing list for our next trip!
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