Follow These Flight Attendants’ Tips for Your Destination Wedding

From skincare to jet lag, these plane pros have you covered.
by Sophie Ross

Flying isn’t always fun or easy. (Actually, who are we kidding? It rarely is.)

But traveling is inevitable, especially if you have a dream destination wedding in mind. That’s why we asked the pros—aka real flight attendants from Hawaiian Airlines—for every tip and trick they have up their sleeves. And you know what? It actually made us want to pack our bags and grab our passports STAT. Read up below.  

1. Make sure your skin is ready for a long flight.

It’s no secret flying can take a toll on your skin, no matter what your complexion is. If your skin’s on the dryer side, the AC mechanism blowing on your face the entire flight probably won’t help, unfortunately, so bring a moisturizer or mask along to keep hydrated.

Got oily skin like flight attendant Heather Sanchez? She recommends bringing blotting papers or tissues to combat shininess and remove excess oil.

To get your skin fully back to normal after a flight, Sanchez suggests rotating some special products into your skincare regimen, like Mediheal, a two-step bio-cellulose and glutathione treatment. “It’s perfect for after a long flight to get my skin back to feeling fresh and hydrated again,” she adds.

2. Pack your toiletries tactfully.

We can all likely agree that there’s nothing worse than opening up your bag at the end of a long flight, only to realize a bottle of shampoo exploded all over your belongings.

That’s why Sanchez recommends a well-fortified makeup bag for any kind of liquid (like lotion, foundation or mouthwash) and to keep them in a well-sealed container. It’s also a good idea to pack them inside your carry-on bag or purse—not only so they’re accessible during the flight, but to reduce the risk of anything breaking as well.

If you travel often or you’re planning on going on a manymoon, flight attendant Mapuana Faulkner suggests keeping a small zip pouch of all your favorite travel essentials at the ready (like lip balm, lotion, sunscreen and so on) to grab, go and restock regularly.

3. Beat jet lag before it beats you.

“The best way to overcome jet lag when you land is to hydrate, work out and eat wholesome foods packed with nutrition and antioxidants,” Sanchez says. “I’ve been using this formula for over 17 years and it’s a surefire remedy to get my body acclimated to a new time zone.”

Of course, it’s always a good idea to drink water, exercise and eat well—and if you want some extra help combatting jet lag, you have plenty of options.

“I rely on essential oils to refresh my senses after a long flight, and also lavender oil to ensure a good night’s rest,” Sanchez says.”

When booking your flights before your destination wedding or honeymoon, consider padding in some extra days at the beginning of your trip so you can rest, recharge and get your body on track before your wedding festivities begin.

4. Squeeze in some seat exercises if you get bored (yes, really).

Yes, you’re limited on space, and no, not every airline has an in-flight exercise program.

But what you can do—no matter what airline you’re taking—is some pre-flight, in-flight and post-flight stretches to combat discomfort. Before your flight, take advantage of the space you have in the boarding area or at your gate to do heel raises or standing twists. March in place if you want.

During the flight, try to move every 20 minutes if you can. When seated, you can always clench and release your waist and glutes. When you get up to go to the bathroom, enjoy walking around and doing standing twists.

“We’re limited on space, but if I can find an area that isn’t too cumbersome, I’ll do neck and shoulder stretches,” Sanchez says. “I also have a tiny massage hand roller made specifically to work out small nuances in the neck muscles—it can do wonders for a 10-hour flight.”

After your flight, remember to return your body to a fully functioning mode. Walk with long strides and swing your arms and legs like a pendulum.

5. A red-eye flight can actually be enjoyable if you do it right.

According to flight attendant Kaipo Kauko, red-eye flights don’t have to be as terrible as we make them out to be. If you pick the right seat during the booking process, you can actually end up being—dare we say it?—comfortable.

“The best place to sleep is a window seat,” she says. “I like using the window as something to lean on, and if you wake up to noise easily, stay as far away from the galley as possible since it gets noisy when flight attendants are working.”

Of course, she suggests taking an aisle seat if you have a small bladder and know you’ll have to run to the bathroom a lot during the flight (so you don’t have to climb over your fellow passengers).

Book an emergency row if you enjoy having leg room (since they’re required to have more distance between the seats to allow for easy access during an evacuation), but don’t sit there if you’re always cold. “The exits allow cold air from the outside to seep into the aircraft,” she says.

Finally, if you get motion sickness while flying, it’s always best to stay at the front of the aircraft for the smoothest ride. “The farther forward, the better,” she says. Turbulence is turbulence, but most planes tend to feel the bumpiest to passengers in the back of the aircraft.

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