I am so excited to write that I have arrived in London! I am here to join the Fashion for Conservation team for London Fashion Week, and explore what the iconic city has to offer in between LFW events.
I’ve never been to Europe, so this two week trip is so exciting. I plan to write multiple blog posts on my experiences, where to eat and explore, and even instagrammable photography spots in the city.
Firstly, I wanted to give my advice on how best to take care of yourself on a long flight, traveling abroad. None of us like to walk off the plane feeling like we’ve aged 5 years in appearance, and traveling can be both stressful and wearing on the body and mind!
So I’ve put together what I found to be essentials for an almost 9 hour flight to London. I hope you all enjoy these tips and apply them next time you have a trip planned yourself. Also see my London Day 1 details. xx
I can’t say this enough, even as someone that needs to up her game on daily water intake, hydrating is so crucial when you are both on a plane, and prior to your trip.
Start drinking lots of water two days before your flight. Carry a reusable water with you to the gym, to your work, everywhere. In general, if you physically have a water bottle with you, you are more apt to keeping drinking water.
Limit the use of coffee on the day you fly.
I will never cave into the talk that bringing moisturizer and skincare on the plane is “extra.” I will always be that girl. Specifically, I brought three skincare items on the plane, which I reapplied three times. As excessive as it sounds, you’re saving your skin from being super tight and distressed looking by hydrating it in a moisture stripping environment.
The items I brought:
❤ Mario Badescu cucumber and green tea face mist
❤ First Aid Beauty 5 in one face cream (this doubles as a sunscreen, which you do need on a plane)
❤ Juice Beauty Antioxidant Moisturizer (this is a new addition to my skincare regimen, and I adore this product. Antioxidants are exceptional at aiding dehydrated skin)
Ladies: Do not wear foundation on the plane. It will just sink into your skin and prevent your skincare from doing its work, and if you really think about it, who do you need to impress on the plane? I dab on a bit of concealer on some redness and call it a day.
3. Have a designated place for your passport, boarding pass etc
I don’t personally like to have everything loose in a purse or bag, and that’s why I’ve used my expandable wallet ever since I purchased it in Melbourne at a lovely store called Typo. I can fit money (both American and whatever currency I need), boarding pass, passport, and anything else I want to have at hand. I carry this through security and customs, so I don’t have to fumble through anything last minute.
I would highly recommend purchasing one of these for peace of mind. Staying organized, especially with items as precious as a passport, is key to reducing possible stress while traveling.
4. Plane food is not your only option.
Unfortunately, airports overprice their food items, knowing you can’t bring food easily through security and customs. However, planning ahead and grabbing healthy snacks and meals is totally possible. My sister and I purchased a vegetable plate, a hummus pack, as well as tuna sandwiches for some added protein.
Since you are sitting for so long on the plane, eating plane food or fast food makes you more sluggish. Trail mix is another great option for protein and a healthy way to fill you up.
5. Wear a comfortable outfit while flying.
Props to the women who wear heels on flights or those who wear tight flattering jeans, however not all of us are willing to go that extra mile. Being uncomfortable on a flight is adding to the stress of traveling. If you’re more comfortable in yoga pants or sweatpants, wear that.
6. Bring a few freshening products.
Floss, gum, deodorant, hygiene wipes…. these may sound like a TMI, but it’s always a relief to be as clean as possible when going through the sluggish feeling of plane travel.
So we flew into Gatwick Airport, and we first noticed the lush green rolling hills as before we touched down. Finding local transport was a bit of a scuffle, but we managed to get tickets and find the train station to our stop near the flat we’re staying in! Success.
A tip about the trains here: do not wait too long to press the button to open the side doors. If you wait until the button is no longer lit up, the train will skip the stop. We found out the hard way.
I’m going to be honest, the jet lag was difficult. It was rough when my body was totally down for the count and my eyes kept closing when we were trying to adjust to the schedule! The key is not to go to bed beyond a short nap. I’m going to be real here, I fell asleep in the spa we decided go to to detox our skin from the dehydrating effects of the plane. And a deep tissue massage and a steam room was just what a trip to London should start with. Coffee helped a bit, for about an hour or so!
We even stopped at a late night market for some breakfast essentials. I of course insisted on almond milk.
We came back to the flat of a friend’s, and you better believe it, we had a cuppa tea before bed. English style with Tetley’s. That’s where I leave you now, refusing to unpack my suitcase until morning.
I hope you all have a lovely week, and stay tuned for my updates on my London adventures! There will be plenty. xx