So it’s June 1st, aka the official start of vacation season! But, today I’m talking about the ugly side of summer break: travel troubles. Whether it’s organizing your suitcase or making it to the airport in time, traveling can be quite the ordeal. With hopes to take the edge off of your journey while maintaining good health along the way, I’m sharing practical travel tips that always save me from stress and anxiety. From a basic packing list to airport snacks, our totally doable travel hacks will ensure that you’re never late or flustered before a plane or train again.
Seal Your Liquids
There’s nothing worse than unpacking after a plane ride to find your favorite tee soaked with face wash. As we all know (but often forget), the pressure from air travel causes unsealed liquids to explode. One way to make sure that your liquids remain leak-free is to unscrew the top, place saran wrap over the opening of the bottle, and then tightly screw on the cap over the saran wrap seal. Ta-da!
Have a Basic Packing List
It might sound cliché, but knowing exactly how much of each basic clothing item you’ll need on your trip is key to stress-free traveling. I always make a note on my iPhone that includes everything we’re going to bring, which simplifies the packing process and prevents over-packing without fail. For a week-long trip, be sure to have at least one top per day, one pair of bottoms per every 3 days, a pair of socks & clean lingerie for each day, and at least 2 different types of shoes. Don’t forget essential toiletries like makeup remover, sunscreen, a toothbrush & toothpaste, face wash, and a light face moisturizer.
Bring Snacks for the Ride
From burgers that are gray in color to salty pretzels and butter cookies, plane food pretty much reigns above all else when it comes to unhealthy and ultra-processed eats. But forget the plane food; most temptations lie before the gates. A typical airport terminal or train station is filled with fast food joints, from Cinnabon to Panda Express. That being said, I always bring 2-3 snacks with me when travelling, even just for 2-hour long flights. Our favorite travel snacks are raw nuts, olive oil popcorn, RX Bars, or a chopped apple with lemon juice on top. Last but not least, always bring a water bottle on the plane with you!
No, not you… your skin! Wearing makeup on an airplane is one of the worst things you can do your for pores and complexion. For one thing, the arid and stale air dries out your skin and makes your eyelashes brittle. Not to mention, airplanes have much greater amounts of recycled germs and bacteria in the air than our skin is used to, which makes us prone to breakouts. The conditions our skin is put through when traveling via airplane are harsh even without makeup, thus the oils and chemicals from foundation and mascara won’t be doing our faces any good. From humidity levels, to air pressure, to copious amounts of bacteria, do your skin a favor and go naked.
This is by far our number one travel tip. As we stated above, staying hydrated is especially good for our bodies, appetites, and skin when traveling. Drinking water is essential to having healthy, glowy skin in normal conditions; but, with the dry and aridness of plane travelling, we have to double up on our water intake to prevent damage to our skin. Second, our bodies naturally bloat after plane rides due to the pressure of flying. Fueling our bodies with water helps us to prevent and reduce bloating. So, be sure to drink up before your arrive to the airport, during the plane ride, and after your get off the plane.