So I’m writing this on the plane and felt inspired to share with you some of my travel tips so that you can arrive at your destination after a long haul flight feeling as fresh and energised as possible! Being on a plane in small spaces, breathing in recycled air for a long period of time can take its toll on your mind and body.
So here are some of my tools and tips for getting through those flights blissfully and healthily. The key to this is in the preparation, and for me, the process begins well before I even leave my home.
Here we go:
1. Abhyanaga: No this is not an Italian pasta. This is an Ayurvedic oil massage that I do at home before I leave the house to go to the airport. My body type is vata, which is a lean build, and the appropriate oil for my body type is organic sesame oil. If you have a strong athletic build use organic coconut oil and if you are prone to being heavy set, use sesame oil. So for abhyanga, I massage the oil into my skin all over my body, including face, then have a warm bath or shower. This creates a protective layer from the harsh air-conditioning of the plane and also soothes your nervous system during the long flight. Flying, changing times zones, and checking in and out of the airports can all be an intense time on your nervous system and this is a great starting point to soothe your body through this process.
2. Before boarding be sure to stock up on your water. Two large 1.5L bottles for flights over 8 hours would be recommended. Rehydrating your body through the flight is critical to arriving refreshed. Even if you don’t feel like drinking any more water, just keep drinking! (Some airports like Kuala Lumpur and Bali don’t allow you to buy water after customs and take it on the plane which makes this not possible unfortunately.)
3. Stock up on your healthy snacks. Lets face it, most meals on the plane are not going to be the healthiest. You’ll get a little tub of sweet orange juice, a tub of yoghurt, some crackers and cheese, a hot dish of something, to be washed down with coffee or tea. So if you avoid gluten, dairy, sugar and caffeine, things might be little tight for you. Pack things like tinned tuna or wild salmon, bags of vegetables like carrots, celery and cucumber, avocados and nuts.
4. Multi-vitamins and supplements. I might look like a chemist when I go through bag check however these bags of goodies are one of my essentials when it comes to flying. One bag has fish oils, vitamin C + B, zinc, probiotics and the other has my raw green powder from my good mates at Amazonia. Both help keep my body highly efficient through the long haul flights and thereafter.
5. When you finally get to your seat on the plane, the very first thing I do is meditate. Let’s face it, from the time everyone boards to the time the plane is up in the sky and you are able to access technology or drop back your seat to rest, it’s going to be a good 30- 45 minutes. No movies, no using computer, no music on your phone, so the best option here is to meditate. If you are on a long haul flight I would recommend meditating a number of times. This will help keep mind and body aligned and reduce symptoms of jet lag.
6. Noise cancelling headphones, eye patches and earplugs. Once you fly with noise cancelling headphones you’ll never want to fly without them. A good pair that covers your whole ear will cost between $200-$400 however it is a worthwhile investment. They reduce white noise in the plane and reduce the constant over-stimulation of the nervous system. When it comes to sleeping, I use a full eye and ear patch from The Sleep Master . These are heavenly and it feels like your whole face is in a cosy sleeping bag. I love them! molded earplugs that are like blu-tak that block out a lot of the sound when sleeping.
7. Set a schedule. Ok, I know this is going to sound very specific and structured but I found that setting a schedule and following it for the flight has made a huge difference to my flying. This may sound strange, but there have been many flights where I have had flight attendants tell me to put my things away as we are about to land and I would be not only surprised but disappointed that I didn’t get everything done that I intended to on the flight. So my flight schedule would be in blocks of 1-2 hours with things like reading my book, cleaning up my computer and phone (i.e. desktop, documents folder, unwanted photos and old emails), writing a blog or upcoming book, movie and of course sleep. Give it a try and you’ll see how productive those hours can be!
Flying can be a real drain on your body or it can be a productive and relaxing time without internet to take time out for yourself. A little bit of planning and structure to it and you’ll relish sitting in that confined cabin for many hours. If you have any other tips please feel free to share them below as we’d love to hear more suggestions!
One thing that has also helped enormously on flights is meditation. Let’s face it, you will be confined to a chair for a considerable amount of time and one great healthy way to use that time is to meditate. It has been proven that meditation has numerous positive effects on the mind and body from lowering high blood pressure, improving sleep to increasing serotonin and oxytocin. If you would like to learn how to meditate then try our meditation program called Faster Deeper Bliss. This program will have you meditating deeply anywhere anytime.
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