Long-haul flights are tiring and can weigh you down physically, even if you're the fittest of the fit, like Kayla Itsines. Your sleep patterns and normal eating habits are disrupted, and way up there at cruising altitude, conditions are less than ideal for your skin and body. Dehydration or swelling, anyone?
No doubt fitness star Kayla travels a lot for work, and before her next flight to LA today, she shared how much travelling takes a toll on her body (Kayla Itsines: she's just like us). "My skin gets dry, I get a blood nose EVERY time (not badly), my eyes go dry, I don't eat the foods I normally eat and I am in and out of sleep," she wrote on Instagram. So, what does the BBG creator do for a healthier, easier flight? Her six tips, below:
- Bring your own pillow. The small, overly thin pillows you're given on airlines tend not to be the most comfortable for ideal ZZZs. And as for how many heads have dealt with it before you, well, we shudder to think. Kayla said she always travels with her own pillow, tucked into the cases new ones often come with. "I also bring spare pillow cases so my pillow is always clean," she added.
- Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Ensure you're getting plenty of fluids throughout the flight, and don't forget to feed your skin externally, too! Kayla mentioned she packs some eye drops and a hydrating serum so her skin doesn't dry out. We love Ultraceuticals' B2 Hydrating Serum.
- And then hydrate some more. If you're feeling particularly run down, your body's likely not getting enough fuel. "I now pack a electrolyte/travel drink with me so my body doesn't get dehydrated," Kayla said. Electrolytes allow many bodily functions to operate at optimum levels, so it's important to ensure your body's getting an adequate supply. Try Hydralyte Electrolyte Effervescents that can easily be dissolved into a glass of water throughout the flight.
- Get comfortable. There's nothing worse than feeling like your knees are about to bust out of your skinny jeans mid-air. So if there ever was a time to invest in some seriously comfy lounge-wear, this would be it. Kayla said she always wears a strapless bra so it can easily be removed on the plane.
- Gum it. While the descent of any flight means you're pretty much at your destination, it can be rocky and painful, as rapid altitude changes mess with your ears. To keep her ears from getting blocked and achy, Kayla said she always carries a pack of gum with her to chew on. Try Pur Gum for a healthier alternative.
- Invest in good headphones. Don't underestimate how big a difference a pair of noise-cancelling headphones can make, especially when it comes to clocking in decent hours of sleep.