6 simple ways to make a flight more bearable
Flying short or long haul can be comfortable - with a little preparation. By Sarah Marshall
Plane journeys are uncomfortable at the best of times - but there are ways to make an economy journey much more comfortable. 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, vitaminbay.com) to perk you up en route, or a few packets of Nairn's On The Go Mini Cheese Oatcakes (£1.40, Sainsbury's).
2. Travel in breathable clothing
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 (above, £59).
3. Stock up on vitamins
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
If you are flying long haul, compression socks are essential. 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. Opt for multi-functional pieces of clothing
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.
6. Get set for sleep
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.