Of all the things modern air travel is — convenient, fast, a technological marvel — what it rarely feels like is stylish.
Between the harsh airport lighting and the indignities of full body scans, it’s hard to feel put together when you’re rolling through security. But that doesn’t have to be the case. With a little prep, you can keep calm, comfortable and stylish in lieu of personal space.
Skip the in-flight meal, pack a picnic
While packing liquids remains prohibited on major airlines, stocking your carry-on with fresh fruit, a chunk of cheese (not too stinky!) and a mini-baguette will beat whatever in-flight horror your airline calls a meal. Your tray-table picnic will make you feel like you’re already on holiday. Pair with our next suggestion if you want to achieve full blissed-out vacation mode.
Have a proper drink
Don’t bother with the airline’s terrible wine — you’ll likely be left unsatisfied and probably a little hungover when you land. Instead, hit up the flight attendant cart. If you need to steady your stomach, keep it simple with a whiskey ginger.
Feeling overheated? A gin and tonic always keeps you refreshed. Otherwise, get creative: Order a beer, mix in ginger ale (or soda water) and juice (pineapple if they have it, lemonade if they don’t) and poof: You have a sweet bubbly cocktail to get you through turbulence in style.
For high-achievers, splurge on an On Cocktail Kit ($24) for a well-crafted Old Fashioned, gin and tonic, or Moscow Mule.
Invest in your luggage
Comfortable flying is all about eliminating variables, and anything you can control will keep you saner in the long run. Invest in a luggage case that works with you, not against you, and a four-wheeled cruiser will help you glide through check-ins with ease, like one of these. Grab a scarf and tie it to the handle so you’ll know it’s yours as it rides the carousel.
Certain luggage brands can be fashionable, but you’ll feel calmer moving in and out of airports with a bag that rolls smoothly, has useful pockets and a handle that feels good in your hand (and you can always personalize it later).
Stay hydrated with face mists
The epitome of beauty science has to be the moisturizing face mist. Not wipes (you’re left with a towelette you need to dispose of), not creams (your greasy palms will be all over everything): The face mist. So simple, so French.
When the dry cabin air attacks your skin, leaving you parched and looking tired, spritz on one of the many amazing face mists on the market, like Aesop’s rose petal-infused spritzing hydrator, Caudalie’s Grape Water or Glossier’s soothing face mist, to stay fresh. You’ll step off that plane feeling dewy and sweet, like you just spent the last four hours frolicking in a spring meadow — not crammed between a woman in pajamas and dude with restless leg syndrome.
Pick a seat by the emergency exit
Even with the added fee — most airlines charge to pick your own seat — the extra leg room of an exit-row means you'll deplane rested, not rumpled. And let’s face it: There’s nothing stylish about falling over your seatmates trying to get to the bathroom.
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