Whenever I browse travel blogs (and that is often) there seems to always be a post or video on how to look your best when stepping off the plane.
We all know how relevant those posts are to travelers. Who doesn’t know the feeling of going to the restroom just after landing and seeing a pale, dry and tired looking travel goddess staring back at her? I’ve been there over and over.
While make up, products and gadgets work as cover up, there is an even better way to step of the plane looking like a million bucks.
My No. 1, fool-proof tip and secret to looking and feeling fabulous during and after any flight is to be and stay hydrated. To accomplish this you must do more than just drink water. Here is how you perfect this secret:
When you wake up in the morning, before going to the airport, drink 1 liter of fresh water.
Pack fruit to take with you in your carry on as the bulk of the items you will be eating on the plane. You want to eat fruit because it is very water rich and will hydrate you while you eat. Wash dry and pack the fruit neatly in ziplocks or collapsible travel containers. Some great fruit to bring are cherries, tangerines, already-cut watermelon and pineapple chunks. Bananas and other soft fruit are fabulous, however, you must baby them so they do not become squashed.
Bring other low salt, low protein foods such as dried fruit, healthy snack bars and nuts without salt or additives.
Do not — and I repeat do not — eat airplane food or drink coffee, alcohol or soda if you want to look and feel your best. Airplane food is overly salted and loaded with unidentifiable ingredients. Coffee, alcohol and sodas are dehydrating. Your body will work overtime to process these items and could become bloated and dehydrated from them. None of these items are beauty foods.
Buy water and fruit juices at the airport. Many airports offer fresh juices nowadays and if they are not fresh, pasteurized will do. The point is hydration and satisfaction to make it through your flight looking and feeling your best.
In between eating, drink more water than you normally do. Do not rely on the small amount of water the flight attendants offer you. I bring my own water and make sure to have 1 liter every few hours. If you’re on a long flight, bring three liters and ask for more when you need it.
Before and during my two-hour flight from Nice, France to Liverpool, UK, I consumed cherries, plums, watermelon and two liters of water.
At the Liverpool airport, I purchased 750 mls of Innocent Smoothie, salt- and additive-free nuts for the car ride and a large bottle of Evian.
It may sound like a lot, but if you wait until you are thirsty to drink water, it’s too late. Here’s how to know when you’re getting dehydrated:
Your lips and skin are dry.
You feel sluggish.
You become constipated or have diarrhea.
You feel irritable for no obvious reason.
You have dark circles under your eyes and you look tired.
You feel hungry. (Try drinking water first; chances are it’s only thirst.)
Beyond water and snacks, here are a few products I do recommend on flights to help you feel great by the time you land:
A travel pillow (Sleep is just as important as water on long flights, so do what you can to get some shut eye.)
Dr. Bronners travel size soap (less drying and no harsh chemicals)
Toothpaste and toothbrush for when you get off the plane
Socks to keep your feet warm
A clean shirt if you’re not feeling so fresh
Angela Orecchio is a chief stew and certified health coach. This column was edited from entries in her blog, The Yachtie Glow (www.angelaorecchio.com), which offers tips for crew on how to be healthy, fit and happy on board. Comments are welcome at firstname.lastname@example.org.