Since I started working as Cabin Crew at British Airways nearly a year ago (how has it gone so quick) I have been asked so many questions not just about travel but about flying in general, primarily how to make the most out of it. It’s fantastic to travel it’s a true love of mine, there are so many places out there but of course there a long plane ride away. Doing the job I do I’ve been lucky to see & experience the benefits of travelling in all classes from Economy to First & yes I’m sure we all would love to travel in First Class but I for one don’t have extra amount of cash in the bank.
So with Summer here & many of you I’m sure heading off on your holidays I wanted to share some of my tips. My tips are always what I tell people when they ask me about flying, or conquering the flight & so far have worked for me & do make you feel more refreshed when you land in your destination, ready to enjoy that holiday you’ve been looking forward to.
How To Get The Best Out Of Your Ticket:
Know a rough price & dates of when you want to go & book them ASAP, websites know if you keep returning & flight prices go up. Go incognito (I know this sounds like a spy statement) but type it into Google & it will help you get the best price.
Try & fly mid-week, flight prices tend to be lower, it’s the quietest time in the week to fly. Also flying mid-week can sometimes mean the flights aren’t always full, so you may end up with a seat next to you or even a row so you can get some extra space.
Reserve your seat, I can’t recommend it enough. It can happen that if there are 2 of you on your booking, your seats may be separate & that’s not something you want on a long haul. Use sites such as SeatGuru, to show you the layout of the plane & secure your seat. Sitting at an emergency exit row gives you extra leg room, so can sitting at the bulk head but this is also where families with babies will be placed so if your wanting a quieter flight then maybe also avoid this area.
If your thinking of upgrading, then the last stage you can do this is at the airport, a lot of airlines will not let you do this on the plane as they cannot take any payments, so once your on the plane it’s too late.
What To Wear:
Two words that I think of when planning an outfit for long haul travel is classic/ comfort. You are on a plane for hours, sat in a small space so you want to be as comfortable as possible, so simply no jeans. Jeans are a big no no, they are restricting plus you bloat when in the air, I never wears jeans when I’ve landed. So instead I try & wear some style of jogger, you can pick up stylish ones on the High St, the softer the material the better.
Next tip, layering, I get freezing on planes & it’s really common for it to get chilly so I tend to wear long sleeve tops, a cashmere jumper & a scarf that I can also use as a wrap. This way if your landing in a warner climate you can peel away your layers.
In Summer I wear light weight shoes I can slip off & in Winter my heaviest shoes to save space & weight in my case, then add a pair of socks to my hand luggage as my feet are always cold.
With your outfit sorted it’s now about packing the essentials in your hand luggage,
I always use to throw everything in my hand luggage bag but now I like to think I’m pretty practical about it. I still have that worry that my case won’t make it or may be delayed so because of this I pack a mini version of my main beauty bag, essentials that I will need for my holiday but that I can also use on the flight.
- Rodial Tinted Moisturiser – I use this for work as I find it is light on my skin & doesn’t block up my pores, so perfect to wear on holiday in warmer climates.
- Paul & Joe Blusher –
- Liz Earle Face Wash – I have this in the larger size at home & whilst they don’t do travel sizes they do, do samples which are the perfect size for your hand luggage.
- Lip Balm –
- Oil / Moisturiser
- The Body Shop Face Mist – This is perfect once you’ve taken off your make-up & want to freshen up your skin, I keep doing it regularly & it feels great.
With my beauty & skincare essentials sorted then it’s on to what I need to get me through the flight.
- Noise cancelling headphones, my Dad got me this Bose set a few years ago & they are the best I always take them on holiday as there super clear but also block out any airplane noises or noisy passengers.
- Socks, my feet are the first part of my body to get cold so I pack my favourite The White Company cashmere socks & they do the trick.
- Book, I’m not a Kindle girl I love having a book even if my case is full of them so my current read is always on the plane with me.
- Bottle of water, flights are notorious for dehydrating your skin so the best way to conquer it is really to keep drinking as much water so take a large bottle or 2 with you on the plane, you only get glasses of water on the plane & that’s not enough.
- Eye masks, I’ve only recently started using one for when I nap in the day after a flight home & I now take on the plane as there is nothing worse that trying to get your beauty sleep & lights are on or someone hasn’t closed the window blinds.
- Snacks, airplane food is getting better but still sometimes you wake up on a flight & your just peckish so I tend to pack protein bars or some fruit to munch on.
Now with your ticket booked, your seat reserved in the best area, your comfortable in your outfit & your essentials are packed in your hand luggage, then your good to go!