Recently I went on a trip abroad – hence my 1 month blog hiatus – and boy was it the best vacation of my life. I was skeptical of taking my entire annual leave in one go, but it was a spontaneous decision I made in for a much needed break. I was going on a long journey, with 10-12 hours of travel time and this meant making some good travelling decisions.
Usually this would mean stretched skin, dry hands, frizzy hair and crumpled clothes – but now this time! I arrived at my destination in not only a good mood, but feeling fresher than ever. So what if you are flying economy, doesn’t mean that you can’t look first class! How did I do this? Here are my secrets on how to travel in style:
While it is tempting to arrive at the airport with full make-up and perfect clothes, this is one of the reasons that people look haggard by the end of the journey. My advice is that you go to the airport in jeans and perfect shoes, but an average top. This is because jeans can go from casual to glam with the right top – so pack that top in your handbag! It doesn’t take too much space, especially if you pick the right material. Something flowy and that doesn’t need ironing – and now you’ve hit jack pot!
As I said before, wear your preferred shoes – whether heels, boots or flat. Just go for it because for the majority of the journey you will take them off. Yes, that is the secret – take socks in your ever-dependable hand bag. Once the seat belt sign comes off and you’re in the air, take your shoes off to enjoy the journey without the hassle of shoes. Most women who travel in heels end up walking like camels by the end of their journey – but not you!
One of the worst things about flying is the dryness you feel in the cabin. The air pressure and lack of circulation makes your skin dry up, so the best thing to do is have a very good moisturiser with you. No need to go splurging at the Duty Free, you can easily find Vaseline at your local shop – which is probably the best and most effective moisturiser around. I like their hand and nail cream, as well as their lip tins. Secret tip: take some vaseline gel from the lip tin and apply it under your eyes (on the bags), this will make your skin feel blissful while in flight.
Many people forget to drink water while in flight. Maybe its because of the inconvenience or lack of routine, but you should always try to keep hydrated to keep your body regulated. I recommend buy a large bottle at Duty Free (this is where you need to splurge!) and aim to finish at least 2-3 of them during the flight (depending on the length of the journey).
My hair is long and straight, and most of the time I have to do nothing to manage it – unless I am flying. God knows what happens, but it goes frizzy and unmanageable. So as soon as I sit at my seat, it is goodbye beautiful long locks and hello braid. I just do a simple braid, finishing on my shoulder, which can be easily undone at landing.
And Time to Land…
Around 30-40 minutes before landing, go to the rest room in the airplane and put your glam on. Change your top, pack up the socks and apply make up. You can fix your hair and voila! you’re the most stylish traveler on the airplane! While everyone gawks at you at immigration, you’ll be looking effortlessly chic and rested – something that cannot be achieved if your make up is running down your face while you camel walk through passport control!
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