HOW TO MASTER THE ART OF FLYING!
BECOME A TRAVEL WIZARD WITH THESE 10 TIPS
So you’re about to embark on a life changing journey, and you have an incredibly long flight ahead… You may be feeling anxious about the stress and discomfort flying often brings, but no worries- we have you covered!
What if we told you that your vacation can begin the second you step onto the plane? Believe it or not, it’s totally possible! These 10 tips will help you to master your experience in the air. Once you put these practices to the test, flying will never be the same (in the best way!)
Hydration is key! Make sure to hydrate like you’ve never hydrated before- starting a day before your flight. And keep the clean water intake flowin’ throughout the plane ride to keep your body humming and ready for adventure! The air in your plane is dryer than ever, so it’s extremely important to replenish your body with some good ‘ol H2O. This way, you don’t feel depleted by the time your off-plane adventure begins! You can put some lemon essential oil or Vitamin C packets in your water to spruce it up. *Aisle seats may be helpful for those bathroom breaks ;)
Nourish your body with the good stuff. Be sure to pack healthy snacks to bring with you on the flight. Most of the options on airplanes are pretty unhealthy and might upset your stomach. Skip the bloat (and a pretty penny) by bringing your own healthy food aboard. Great snack items are nuts, fresh fruit, veggies with hummus, dark chocolate, etc... get creative! You can also experiment with fasting to give your body a break from digesting while you restore before your trip!
Ease with the essentials. Essential oils are incredibly healing and calming for the body and mind. Peppermint is an amazing oil to help ease and alleviate nausea. Lavender is a great calming oil that will help you to sit back and totally relax. Put a couple drops on your palm, rub your hands together, place them in front of your nose and take a couple deep breaths, and then rub the rest on the back of your neck.
Supplement naturally. Both Kava and Valerian Root can help treat anxiety, promote relaxation and may help you fall asleep. You can find these in the form of teas, tinctures, or supplements. CBD (the non-psychoactive form of cannabis) is also great for stress reduction and relaxation, but you may not be able to travel with it, so take it before heading to the airport.
Make it a Tea Party! Sip on something soothing like hot chamomile or lavender tea. If you’re looking to increase your energy, go for green tea! You can bring your tea bags with you and get hot water on the plane.
Move that body! Try to stand and walk around as much as possible while waiting to board your plane. Take yourself through some body-lovin’ stretches or yoga flows before you board! Also, be sure to get up every couple hours while on long flights. Take advantage of the open space in the back of the plane, and get those stiff bones, muscles & joints movin’! If your feet tend to swell, roll out your ankles and wear compression socks.
Get lost in literature. Bring a light selection of books, magazines, or your Kindle to immerse yourself in a story or some new knowledge. Reading is a perfect way to get your body in a calm, relaxed state, and can put your mind at ease.
Don’t forget your Airplane Armor! Dress in layers to adjust to potential temperature changes. Wear comfy clothes, and bring items to keep you warm (socks, sweater, neck pillow, etc). Make it a spa experience, and bring an eye mask to help you relax and unwind. If you want to get funky you can even bring an easy-to-use sheet face mask for some mid-flight facial hydration.
Tune ‘em out and turn it up! Earplugs are must-haves to block out background noise… especially when you’re trying to rest, and your neighbors are throwing a plane party. A good pair of headphones are also essential. Jam out to your favorite tunes or listen to some audiobooks, podcasts or guided meditations!
Write it out while you ride it out. Whether you journal often or not, writing your thoughts, ideas and intentions for the trip is a great way to start your getaway. Think about how you were feeling before boarding the plane. Dig into why it is you chose to take the leap, then set your intentions and desired outcomes for your trip.
Now you have all the tools you need to start your adventure the second you step on the plane! Flying can be a fun, relaxing experience… as long as you prepare ahead. You know what they say...if you fail to prepare, you prepare to fail. We hope to see you on our next retreat and we wish you a truly enjoyable flying experience!