1. Before you travel
Most people now realise the advantage of checking in online before flying to secure a good seat but do you really know which one is the best? Before you log-on, go to SeatGuru and get the lowdown for each particular airplane.
If you haven’t update your luggage for a while you might want to consider getting a lightweight hard case. Look for cases with four or six wheels making them more flexible and easier to wheel about and rather than black, consider getting a bright colour that stands out on the luggage carousel reducing the risk of mistaken luggage. If you prefer standard black, you can get a luggage tag that stands out from the crowd to make sure you pick the right one.
2. Load up your phone with helpful apps
TripAdvisor (free) – These great city guides can be downloaded when you access to wi-fi and then you can use the maps and the attraction/restaurant finders without 3G or wi-fi – so handy to keep those mobile costs down when abroad
aagCurrency (free) – this provides a currency cheat sheet from your home currency into the currency of your holiday spot so that you can do conversions at a glance without messing about with calculators.
Translator (free) – not only translates phrases but it can also ‘do voice translations of many of the languages
PackTheBag (free) – create packing lists from their suggestions and mark off what you have already packed so that you don’t forget anything
3. Making flying comfortable
What you pack and wear for on board the plane can make you life easier. Wearing something comfortable on a plane doesn’t mean you can’t look good. Cigarette leg cropped trouses, a Breton top and a navy jacket looks instantly coordinated. A sleeveless midi jersey dress is not only comfortable but teamed with a matching cardigan, is also very chic.
Cashmere is your friend for long flights. I like to pack a cashmere wrap to keep warm and Brora cashmere harem trousers, their linen and cotton t-shirt and their cashmere gauzy long-line cardigan, which also looks great belted over the jersey dress. To finish off I pack cashmere slippers, an Holistic Silk eye mask, £46 and a personal travel pillow such as the Danish Duck Down Travel Pillow from The Feather Pillow Company, £27.40 with Egyptian cotton case.
Packing the right things in your wash bag can also ensure a better flight. A moisture mask, moisturiser, eye cream, cleansing wipes, facial mist and lip balm will keep your skin hydrated. Mascara, nude coloured lip gloss and a cheek gloss will give you a natural look that will ensure that you look refreshed on landing. Leave the heavy stuff in your main luggage.
Finally load your iPad up with your favourite movies, TV shows and a few of latest best-selling books to keep you entertained with your own personal favourites.
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