At La Maison Pacifique, we have often welcomed guests from overseas to our beautiful beachfront property in Casuarina NSW. For these guests, long haul flights can be just that – a long haul – but we have done some research (and with a little help/inspiration from A Luxury Travel Blog) have come up with an Australian-ised version of the must haves for your long haul flight.
The titles for longest flights goes to (1) a Qantas route between Sydney and Dallas – which at about 13,700 kilometres is the longest route – and (2) a Delta flight between Johannesburg and Atlanta, which at 17 hours will hold the title of longest duration.
Cashmere travel set
Airplanes are notoriously cold, and there’s nothing worse than shivering for eight hours when all you want to do is sleep.
Why risk an airline blanket (if your airline even supplies one) when you can invest in a cashmere travel set from Ralph Lauren? The luxurious Cabled Cashmere Travel Set (pictured) contains a blanket and eye mask which come in a zippered bag that doubles as a pillow. The set comes in grey, navy blue or black and can be personalized for free. US$395.00. We also like Banjo & Matilda’s Travel Blanket and Eye Mask Set at US$275.00
Both are perfect – especially for frequent flyers!
Noise-canceling Headphones and Ear Buds
The brand new Studio headphones from Beats by Dre are a traveler’s dream. Lightweight, durable and comfortable, the Studio headphones are built for the most active road warrior. Frequent fliers will love the precision sound and Adaptive Noise Canceling capabilities, but what makes these headphones a requirement for long haul flights is its 20-hour rechargeable battery. The Studio headphones are compatible with mobile phones and feature inline remote control, allowing the user to adjust volume, play/pause, skip forward/back, change playlists, as well as answer/end phone calls and switch between calls on an iphone. Beats Studio headphones are available in black, white, red and blue. AU$299.
We found these tips on Conde Nast Traveller’s Beauty Tips: How to stay fresh on a red-eye or long haul flight.
Prep your skin with exfoliation
Keeping your skin hydrated actually starts at home, not on the plane, says, dermatologist Dr. Marina Peredo, associate clinical professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. “Exfoliating your skin is important because it gets rid of the top layer of dead skin cells that prevent any moisturizer from absorbing into the skin,” she explains. Swapping out your daily facial cleanser with a gentle exfoliating scrub with smaller granules the morning of your travel date will do the trick.
Moisturize—the right way
Having a moisturizer with ultra-hydrating hyaluronic acid is essential for a long flight—but Dr. Peredo has a trick that’ll make it even more effective. “Ask for a cool, wet cloth to pat onto skin before you apply your moisturizer,” she says. “The lotion will absorb and retain better in the skin when your face is damp.” As for eye cream, look for ingredients like retinol to plump and smooth, peptides like amino acids which help produce more collagen in the skin, and antioxidants like Vitamins A, C, and E that have significant preventive and repairing effects to the skin.
Sit up and circulate
If you can handle it, avoid lowering your seat all the way back, says Dr. Peredo. “Fluid may retain in your eyes, causing bags to develop.” And regardless of how you sleep, make sure to take a stroll a couple of times throughout the flight when the “fasten seat belt” sign is off. The blood circulation you’ll get walking around will do wonders for holding off bloat and keeping your skin rosy and “awake” looking after you de-board.
A shameless plug I know – but you won’t find many Aussie households who don’t know about this fantastic ointment – locally produced by an Australian owned company! In his 1906 handbook, after years of research, botanist T.P. Lucas stated that he believed the papaw was the finest natural medicine yet discovered. The papaw ointment that T.P. Lucas went on to develop is still a proven remedy used world-wide for its therapeutic benefits. It is perfect for dry lips on long haul flights, great for Minor Burns, Sunburn & Scalds, helps heal Gravel Rash, Cuts & Minor Open Wounds, reduces inflamation in Nappy Rash & Chaffing, eases the pain of Splinters & Thorns and perfect for the temporary relief of the symptoms of dermatitis and eczema. What more could you want? Found at chemists and supermarkets around Australia, you can get it by the tube or pot and is perfect for travelers.
Sleeping on a plane isn’t the easiest task in the world, so you may need the help of a light sleep aid. We are loathe to recommend particular ones, but do consult your local health care professional, naturopath or doctor for the one best suited to you. Remember to ensure that whatever you choose does not clash with any current medication you may take.
Speaking of sleep, one of the best ways to get as much of it as possible is to be as comfortable as possible. If the idea of wearing the same clothes for 24 hours grosses you out, consider packing a pair of lightweight pyjamas. The loose fit of sleepwear will help with your circulation, as well as help stabilize your body temperature so you can fall into a deep sleep. We love the classic look of the J.Crew Vintage Pajama Set for women, and the Cotton Poplin Pajama Set for men. US$79.50 and US$69.50 respectively. Alternatively, you can’t go past Peter Alexander’s fabulous range of pyjamas with a style and size to suit everyone! Can be fun too!
Ansco Toothbrush Travel Kit
Having fresh breath is directly related to feeling refreshed. Toss one of these handy Ansco toothbrush and toothpaste travel kits in your bag so you can brush before and after sleeping and you’ll feel much better. We’re sure your seatmate will appreciate it too! AU$3.99.
Ok, so now you have your must haves for your long haul flight kit together you can do the final preparations!
Preparing for your flight
Found this “how to” for travelers leaving Australia on flights… Just a little extra for you and for travel novices, a guide to ensure your traveling experience starts off well.
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