11 no-nonsense travel hacks for when you're going by plane
Like the widely-known refrain, we're focusing on the journey rather than the destination. Here, find our no-nosense tips to make flying by plane a cinch from beginning to end.
#1 Roll your clothing
We’ve all been there: You precision packed, only to open your suitcase post-flight to find that your things are splayed everywhere, and well-folded clothes are now crumpled with creases beyond the help of a gentle shake-out.
Luckily, the way to wrinkle-free clothes requires equal amounts of precision: tight rolling. This works best with small to medium garments, rather than bulky sweaters which may require more traditional folding techniques to save space.
#2 Put makeup brushes in a toothbrush holder
Down-sizing your makeup bag can sometimes mean that your carry-on brushes press liquid and powder residue into the sides of the carry case, making for damaged bristles and grime all over your other cared-for products. The solution? Pack clean makeup brushes in a portable, fully-closable toothbrush holder.
#3 Utilise shoe bags
Instead of stuffing delicates and socks into any remaining crevices – inside shoes, between bottles, wedged against the peripheries of the suitcase – or having them tumble around in a large zip-up pocket, put them into clean shoe bags. You’ll save yourself from loosing track of loose items, and ensure they don’t pick up fetid smells from the inside of well-worn sneakers.
#4 Swap liquids for solids
A serious space-saver: Where possible, swap liquid products, such as shampoo and mouthwash, for solid alternatives or versions.
#5 Seal liquids with tape
Veer away from using a stockpile of zip-lock plastic bags when it comes to spill-prevention. In their place, use pieces of tape over the lids of bottles to stop them from bursting open when the air pressure in the plane causes them to condense.
#6 Invest in fabric freshener
To rid clothes of that all-to-persistent musk that seems to be part and parcel of having them in a suitcase at-length, spritz a few sprays of fabric freshener or linen spray throughout your garments when packing. Then, take it with you for when your clothes need a refresher.
#7 Wear underwire-free lingerie
It goes without saying that when it comes to flying, comfort is key. For long-haul ease suited to whatever position you choose to sit or sleep in, wear underwire-free lingerie. You'll prevent any wire digging into or constricting you, no matter if you're crouched against the window at odd angles or sprawled across two seats.
#8 Have a multi-purpose moisturiser on hand
The re-circulated air on-board can wreak havoc on skin, making it dry, even flaky. For this, pack a quality moisturiser that you can use for your face, hands and feet, or anywhere else that may need a slew of hydration.
#9 Avoid alcohol and caffeine on board
Alcohol and caffeine impair your sleep in different ways, making their consumption on-board a big factor in how rested you feel after a long-haul flight. If you want to treat yourself to either, try to limit your intake.
#10 Take a melatonin supplement
To help your circadian rhythms settle into your new time-zone and get a good night's sleep, take a melatonin supplement before you go to sleep in your new destination, leaving at least 30 minutes for it to kick-in. It’ll reduce the effects of jet lag by acting as a ‘darkness signal’ for your body.
Note: Always consult your general practitioner or seek medical advice before taking this supplement.
#11 Try to double-wear
When it comes to your outfits, try to wear the clothes you’ve packed at least twice during your trip. You’ll limit the amount of items you need to bring, and leave room for souvenirs and other spontaneous purchases abroad.
What’s your best travel tip?