I’ve said it once, but I’ll say it again, I absolutely love to travel. It’s been a long time since Rob and I have gone on a big trip together, so I’m sure you can imagine how excited I was when we planned this one! If you’re tuning in for the first time in a while, we’re currently in Portugal and heading to Paris soon and you can see what we’ve been up to thus far on Instagram.
As much as I love traveling, getting there is not my favorite part. I’m not afraid of flying, but I get restless on long flights and have a hard time sleeping, even if it’s an evening flight. Normally, I sleep on my side or stomach, so I think that’s why I have a hard time sleeping in a sitting position. By the time we arrive, I’m completely exhausted and it’s 8am in the morning at our destination and my goal becomes staying awake for as long as possible to help get over jet lag. Sounds glamorous, right?! Ha! After a good night’s rest I’m good to go for the rest of the trip, but the start is always a struggle for me.
But over the years, I’ve found a few things that help me get some rest on the plane and actually feel decent when we arrive. The first thing is dressing comfortably. This outfit is my go-to because it’s cozy and comfortable. A striped turtleneck sweater, jeans, sneakers and a wrap is travel outfit perfection in my book! I always get cold on planes so I love having this Cuyana wrap on hand to use like a blanket. I always wear sneakers on flights because they make security quick and walking around the airport a breeze. I’ll pack a pair of thick warm socks in my carry-on to change into during the flight. I know some people would say that if I’m going for comfort that I should just wear sweat pants, but I hate arriving to a new place feeling and looking completely disheveled. This outfit lets me be comfortable during the flight, but look put together when I arrive.
The second thing I do is go about my nighttime routine as if I’m not on a plane. About thirty minutes to an hour before I want to try to go to sleep, I turn off any movies I’m watching—the bright light stimulates parts of your brain that make it harder to fall asleep. I’ll then grab my toiletry bag and go about my skincare routine like I would at home. I wrote a post about my in-flight skincare routine here. Lastly I brush my teeth and head back to my seat. If I’m still feeling restless, which I usually am, I’ll take a ZzzQuil and read until I feel sleepy. Keeping my routine as normal as possible helps prep my mind for sleep.
What’s your go-to travel outfit? Do you have any tips for making long flights more bearable?