Tuesday night I hopped on a red eye to New York City. It’s my first time here, so naturally I had a long list of places to see and wanted to get out and explore right away. To pull this off, I needed to make my rest time on the plane really count. Here’s how I did it:
- Dress comfortably. I wore my favorite pair of joggers, a light sweatshirt, and layered on a jean jacket. Layers are essential because planes always get so cold.
- Slow your mind and body down. Whether this is with a glass of wine, taking melatonin or packing some lavender essential oils, start the process of getting your body ready to sleep before you board.
- Prep your skin. Your body does some really important healing and rejuvenation while you sleep, so you don’t want to lose that time either. Pack makeup wipes and an overnight mask to apply once you’re in your seat. I like this mask because it makes my skin feel moisturized and bright, but goes on clear, so it’s a little more subtle.
- Close yourself off. Put on an eye mask (channel your inner Audrey), ear plugs, headphones…whatever you need to block out the noise and light from the rest of the plane. I like a good neck pillow, too.
- Hydrate. I pack a full bottle of water in my bag, and once the pilot announces that we are preparing to land, try to drink the whole thing. This helps with rehydration and will wake you up, too.
- Get moving. Even if you did all of these steps perfectly, you’re probably still a little groggy. To help wake your body up and to counteract any jet lag, get some exercise. A quick jog is a great way to sight-see and to get a feel for wherever you are visiting.