The 5 ultimate tips for air travel.

As I just embarked another international long-haul flight (my trip to Southeast Asia started last week!!), I thought I’d collect my best tips for air travel.

Source: http://www.thisisglamorous.com/2015/04/travel-always-window-seat/

Source: http://www.thisisglamorous.com/2015/04/travel-always-window-seat/

1. Fly overnight
It might be a personal preference but I’d definitely rather fly overnight when I’m boarding an international flight. It is much easier to sleep when it’s actually dark outside. Also, you arrive at your destination early in the morning which gives you all the time to freshen up and enjoy a full first day at your destination.

2. No stopover in the US
If you can, try to not have a stopover in the US. If it’s inevitable, try to schedule at least 4-5hours for your layover. 3 hours as a layover often isn’t enough as the lines at immigration are super long and airports like Atlanta, Miami or Chicago are just massive.

3. Always check in online
It might not save you a lot of time at the airport since most of the people tend to check in online now but I still do it for one simple reason – I can choose my seat. On long flights I prefer to select an aisle seat. This way I don’t have to disturb my seat neighbours whenever I want to get up to walk around or go to the bathroom.

4. Pack your carry-on smartly
It is always worth to pack some underwear, a toothbrush and some moisturizer into your carry on. Also take your valuables with you! If your suitcase gets lost you don’t have to worry about feeling like yourself during your first days.

5. Get comfortable
This simply means – wear sweatpants, take a big scarf, socks and drinks lots and lots of water. You will thank yourself later when you actually manage to get some sleep during the flight and wake up rejuvenated.

carry-on essentials.

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Hand Luggage. Always my number one issue when travelling on a plane. Why? Because I tend to be an overpacker who tries to pack every extra kilo into her handbag so that the suitcase won’t be overweight. That’s how I sometimes end up having an 10-12kg hand luggage. So whenever there’s only 8kg allowed on a flight I try to appear nonchalant at the security check and hide how much my shoulder hurts and how freakin’ heavy my big bag is. Another issue is that I always seem to travel with bags that don’t zip properly so there’s always the chance of me having to collect all my things from the baggage claim after the bag has gone through security check. So what’s so important that I have to carry it around with me?

Lip balm and moisturizer: Eeek, I hate the air in planes. Especially on long-term flights I like to keep my face moisturized for it to feel a little less disgusting when spending hours and hours on a plane.

Book: Although I like to spend my time sleeping on planes, there’s always some little extra time where I like to read.

Water: Recently I started carrying around a Camelbak bottle with me everywhere I go. This way I can always fill it up whenever I feel thirsty.

Scarf, socks and extra sweater: For me, planes always feel too cold. So a little extra clothing helps. Especially when you like to bundle up during your sleep!

Toothbrush, deodorant and hairbrush: Simply makes me feel less nasty.

Travel guide: Of course. That’s a must. Always checking if I am as prepared as I would like to be!

Small perfume sample: Especially when you’re going on a short trip, simply take the small samples that you get as a gift in a perfumery. They last a few days!

Jewelry and my valuables: If my suitcase gets lost during the journey, I don’t have to worry too much about the things I care about most.

Glasses and case for contact lenses: During a long flight, I like to remove my contacts and wear my glasses instead.

Sunglasses and umbrella: I like to be prepared for whatever weather awaits me at my destination!

Well, let’s pack this hand luggage then. Luckily Santa brought me a backpack for Christmas so I at least don’t have to keep up a straight face at the airport tomorrow when my bag ends up being super heavy again. Athens, here I come!