If you make a habit of flying with your own personal hair stylist, barista, massage therapist and warm blanket, then read no further. But if your usual landing look is bleary, frizzy, stiff, chapped and cranky, then a 23-hour flight to Bangkok might be a smidge intimidating. Fortunately, as an informed traveler you can avoid the worst effects of flying red-eye. Read on to learn how you can arrive in Bangkok revitalized and ready for your exotic vacation.
Choose Your Carry-on Wisely
The most important thing to do in preparation for your long-haul flight is to pack your carry-on bag. Most carry-ons are boxy in shape with one or two compartments that make getting anything out a complete unpacking and repacking event. Avoid this awkward scenario with a bag that is meant for travelers. The Züca Pro Travel is perfect for obsessive packers. Removable compartments make organizing outfits easy, and the aluminum frame functions as a seat when you’re waiting in long security and boarding lines.
While sweatpants and flip flops are fun to wear at home, they don’t really jive with the international crowd. Stay stylish without sacrificing comfort with smart layers in breathable materials like cotton and wool. Think pashmina scarves, jeans, ballet flats or loafers, sweaters and jackets. Visit Fodor’s Travel for more inspiration.
You may not relish using airplane lavatories, but staying hydrated is key to having a great trip. Harvard Medical School recommends drinking plenty of fluids before, during and after your flight to reduce jet lag, so bring along an empty, reusable water bottle and refill it in the airport. Forbes recommends Square by Clean Bottle because it will not roll down the aisle. Or try the KOR Nava Water Bottle for pure water no matter where you are.
Sleep Like a Baby
Only the truly mythic travelers sleep well in an upright position. However, decent rest can be achieved with a few amenities that are totally worth the real estate. A soft, contoured eye mask blocks out light and ear plugs keep your neighbors’ snoring from interfering with your dreams. Your neck will also benefit greatly from a travel pillow if you choose well. The Wall Street Journal recommends the Comfy Commuter or Kushi Comfort for optimum sleep, packability and minimum embarrassment.
Pack the Right Device
Can’t sleep? Entertain yourself for hours with movies, games or e-books on a smart device. Check out the Kindle Fire HD 10 for a wider screen experience, or bring a smartphone with enough expandable storage and battery life to last you the whole trip like the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. Water- and dust-resistant, a beautiful 5.5-inch display, up to 256GB of expandable microSD memory and up to 14 days of battery life make this device a perfect choice for travelers.
Unfortunately, flying halfway around the world usually results in at least one tortuously long layover. Rest up in style and take advantage of one of the many available lounges in airports like Chicago, Denver, LA, New York, Shanghai, Tokyo or Hong Kong. Many of these lounges include complementary refreshments (including alcoholic beverages), Wi-Fi and even showers. Purchase temporary luxury with a one-time pass to the United Club or the Centurion Lounge (if you hold an American Express card), or consider buying a pass to several different lounges internationally through Priority Pass or Lounge Pass.