Working as Cabin Crew at British Airways 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, there are so many places out there but of course there a plane ride away. Doing the job I do I’ve been lucky to see & experience the benefits of travelling in all classes, an yes I’m sure we all would love to travel in First Class every time but I for one don’t have extra amount of cash in the bank.
With Spring around the corner many of you I’m sure are planning your holidays I wanted to share some of my tips. This is what I tell people when they ask me about conquering the flight. they work for me & do make you feel more refreshed when you land in your destination.
How To Get The Best Out Of Your Ticket:
Know a rough price & dates of when you want to go & book them ASAP. 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.
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. Use sites such as SeatGuru, to show you the layout of the plane & secure your seat. An emergency exit row gives you extra leg room, so can sitting at the bulk head but this is 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, airlines will not let you do this on the plane as they cannot take any payments.
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 comfortable. Sometimes I travel in an outfit but just change into leggings in flight, I wear these one from The White Company, they are super soft. I wouldn’t recommend jeans as they are uncomfortable & rigid, not what you want for a long flight.
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.
Hand Luggage Essentials:
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.
Beauty & Skincare:
- Nars 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.
- Elemis Cleansing Balm- I have this in the larger size at home & this travel size is brilliant for holidays. Exactly the same, it takes up little space but I love using the same products when I’m away to keep up with my skincare routine.
- Origins Eye Cream- This is my newest eye cream, it’s light & smells of cucumber which I love. You only need a dab but it brightens up the eyes perfect after a long flight.
- 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.
- Bose Quiet Comfort 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 quality but also block out any airplane noises or noisy passengers.
- Cashmere socks, my feet are the first part of my body to get cold so I pack my favourite cashmere socks & they do the trick.
- Kindle Oasis, I’m not a Kindle girl but I am really contemplating getting one in the next few weeks. I’ve learnt from years of overweight cases & flying with work it’s not easy lugging around a pile of hardback books so a Kindle is definitely the easier option to still read when your on holiday & in-flight.
- 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 in the cabin or someone hasn’t closed the window blinds.
Shop my In-flight essentials below: