How To Keep Refreshed on Red Eyed Flights

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Flying long haul can be the worst part of an otherwise amazing holiday to some far-off destination. Being cramped into a plane for over 10 hours or more can be frustrating, claustrophobic and can leave you feeling dehydrated, playing havoc with your skin and hair. Here are some tips to keep you looking and feeling as good as possible, so that when you touch down, you’ll feel fresh and bright-eyed like a celebrity walking off the plane.

Water spray
Due to the restrictions on what you can take with you on planes in terms of liquids, it can be tricky to prepare before your flight. A good way to keep fresh on the plane is to take an empty spray bottle with you in your hand luggage, and fill it up with water when you get past security. You can then spray your eyes and face with a mist of water to keep you alert and refreshed. Alternatively, you can pick up some make up remover wipes and use them to keep your skin feeling fresh.

It’s also a good idea to take a small tube of moisturiser with you. This way you can keep your face and hands moisturised at all times. Before you set off on your holiday, collect any make up or beauty samples in magazines. They’re the perfect size for using once and throwing away, and especially useful if you want to put some make up on but can’t be bothered to lug your whole make up bag on board in your hand luggage.

Drink lots… but not alcohol
If you’re a beauty addict, then you’ll know that drinking alcohol is bad for your skin anyway. However, when you’re on a plane you can get drunk more easily, so it’s best to steer clear of the vino if you don’t want to be bleary-eyed when you land. Buy a huge bottle of water when you get past security and be sure to ask the cabin crew for top ups.

Stay Comfortable
Make sure you wear comfy loose clothing – there’s nothing worse than being stuck in a pair of jeans that are a bit too tight for hours on end. If you have long hair, it’s also a good idea to tie your hair back as the air pressure can send it static.

Time your sleep appropriately
Depending on the length of your flight and what time zone you’re travelling to, sleeping can be a help or a hindrance. If you’re landing at night time, or in the early morning, then it’s probably worth trying to get a few hours’ sleep to get yourself in the habit of local time. Bring along some earplugs with you too – the noise of the plane can often be a real pain to overcome, especially if you’re not too tired. Paying more for an exit row or extra leg room seat is also a good idea if you like to stretch out a bit.

Stay Fresh
Finally, remember to bring some breath fresheners with you. As gross as it sounds, it might have been a long time since you brushed your teeth, so a Tic Tac or two wouldn’t go amiss. It might also be worth opening that bottle of perfume you got from Duty Free too. Just saying.

This is a guest post.  Bill Weston writes on a number of topics including how to save money by using flight comparison websites.

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