Upcycle your Economy experience: 7 tips for feeling comfortable on planes

21st Aug 18 | Lifestyle

Make sure you look and feel your best when you land in a new destination.

Plane journeys are uncomfortable at the best of times – even more so if you’re travelling during peak periods. Sadly, not all of us can afford to travel in Business Class, but there are ways to make an Economy journey much more comfortable. From your choice of outfit to the snacks you take onboard, small details can transform a flight.

Asquith, makers of super soft eco activewear, share their essential tips for flying (and landing) in style…

1. Pack plenty of healthy snacks

While it’s tempting to load up with sweets, crisps and other junk for the plane, it’s important to keep well hydrated and to try and prevent sugar crashes mid-air – especially if kids are involved. Pack Bumblezest’s hand-luggage-friendly-size health shots (£3.01, vitaminbay.com) to perk you up en route; the health drinks are made with herbs and natural ingredients, stripping out any unnecessary sugars. A few packets of Nairn’s On The Go Mini Cheese Oatcakes (£1.40, Sainsbury’s) will also stop stomachs rumbling.

2. Travel in breathable clothing

The Asquith Be Grace Batwing Tee (Asquith/PA)
The Asquith Be Grace Batwing Tee (Asquith/PA)

Make sure you wear comfortable, non-synthetic clothing to travel in. Fabrics like organic cotton and bamboo are naturally breathable and sweat wicking, so will keep you feeling fresh all flight.  Asquith make a selection of organic cotton and bamboo t-shirts and leggings. Try their Be Grace Batwing Tee (£59).

3. Stock up on vitamins

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Getting sick is the last thing you want to happen on holiday, but so often our immune systems become vulnerable as soon as we step off the office treadmill and relax. Taking probiotics is a great way to avoid tummy troubles caused by eating different food and drinking local water on holiday.  UnBEElievable Health’s Daily Defence Immune Support vitamins (£7.99, from £9.99, planetorganic.com) are also recommended to help keep cabin colds at bay and fight jet lag.

4. Invest in compression socks

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If you are flying long haul, compression socks are essential. You can pick up a pair in most airport chemists. Make sure you keep moving around the cabin during the flight and stay hydrated. It’s best to avoid alcohol and save your holiday tipples for your destination.

5. Get set for sleep

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Earplugs are a lifesaver when travelling, cutting out all those screaming babies and engine noises. Use them in combination with an eye mask and you’ll find it much easier to doze off – even in an upright economy seat. If you are flying overnight, pack a pair of pyjamas (or comfy night clothes) and prepare yourself for “bed”. The ritual of changing clothes, cleaning teeth and switching off might help you sleep better. Plus, you’ll have a fresh-smelling outfit for landing.

6. Opt for multi-functional pieces of clothing

Asquith's harem pants (Asquith/PA)
Asquith’s harem pants (Asquith/PA)

If you’re flying hand luggage only, multi-functional pieces are essential for your suitcase – and for wearing in-flight. A great sarong is a must-have – you can use it as a scarf, a wrap-around and a head-tie – and harem pants are perfect beach-to-bar wear, paired with  flip flops during the day and heels at night. Asquith’s (£65) are made with super soft bamboo meaning they don’t really crease – saving you extra time on ironing.

7.  Get in the zone

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If you’re flying to a different time zone, adjust your watch to the local time at your destination before you land. That way when you arrive, you are already thinking in local time and (hopefully) avoiding jet lag.

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