Planning to travel via commercial air this summer? We have some tips and tricks to help you out!
#1) Bring a Power Strip
Trust me, you'll be glad you did. Many airports, hotels, resorts and cruise ships lack an adequate number of power outlets, which is why it's a good idea to bring a power strip with you. Don't just choose a generic strip with half a dozen plugs, but instead look for one with both standard and USB plugs.
#2) Snap a Photo After Parking Your Car
Once you've gone through the monotonous task of trying to find an open parking space at the airport, use your smartphone to snap a photo of where you parked. Rather than searching aimlessly for your car when you return, you'll know exactly where to go.
#3) Stay Hydrated
Flying can leave you both exhausted and dehydrated. The pressurized cabin air contains very little moisture vapor, further depleting your body's water supply. Combined with the stress of traveling, this can bring on some intense headaches. This is why it's a good idea to drink plenty of H2O before, during and after your flight. I also always carry our Beauty Water and apply a spritz or two once we land. It keeps my skin hydrated and my makeup refreshed after a long flight.
#4) Wear Vans
Aside from the fact that they are stylish and super comfortable, Vans are the perfect shoes to wear when traveling on an airplane. When it's your time to walk-through the dreaded TSA checkpoint at the airport, you won't have to worry about untying and re-tying your shoelaces. Slide off your Vans, toss them into the tub, and proceed through.
#5) Pack a Silk Pillow Case
A silk pillow case will transform otherwise uncomfortable hotel pillows into a plush, heavenly dream. Cotton pillows actually draw moisture away from your skin, but silk will allow your skin to stay hydrated. This is very important considering your skin tends to dry out when traveling. Furthermore, it creates a barrier between your head and any germs lingering on foreign pillows. You can buy a silk pillow case for as little as $25 bucks, so don't leave home without one!
#6) Bring a Silk Eye Mask
A silk eye mask will allow you to get some much-needed shut-eye by blocking out light in the surrounding environment. Granted, most airports sell similar eye masks, but they are cheaply made and uncomfortable to wear. Spending a couple extra bucks on a genuine silk eye mask that will help you wake up feeling more refreshed will prove to be well worth the investment.
#7) Noise-Canceling Headphones
Even with a silk eye mask, you may have trouble falling asleep if you're seated on a plane next to a family of screaming children. But this is where a pair of noise-canceling headphones comes into play. Placing them over your ears will allow you to escape into a state of blissful peace.
#8) Bring a Makeup Palette
Palettes are the ultimate tool tool for those spur-of-the-moment touch-ups. While the exact contents vary depending on the particular brand you choose, my favorite contains a blush, lip gloss, bronzer, mascara, and a variety of eye shadows. I guess you could call it the Swiss Army of makeup.
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