Seven Tips to Stay Refreshed on Your Next Flight

There’s nothing like dry, recycled air and cramped, close quarters to feel tired and grubby after a long flight. It has become the norm for airlines to shortchange passengers on snacks and space, but that shouldn’t stop you from bringing a few amenities of your own on board.

Here are some tips to help you walk off the plane feeling more refreshed and well-rested:

– If you’re a light sleeper, a pair of ear buds or ear plugs will be your best friend. Play some white noise through your mobile device to help you drift off. You might even invest in a pair of noise-cancelling headphones for the ultimate quiet ambiance. Bose produces high quality earbud and headset styles. For your eyes, check out this mask rated No. 1 by Good Housekeeping. It is made of featherweight, light-blocking molded foam. The contoured design also eliminates eye pressure and claims to leave your eye-makeup untouched.

– Nowadays, airlines rarely offer pillows or blankets on domestic flights. It can be difficult to sleep without these comforts. Pack a lightweight blanket or a soft pashmina shawl in your carry-on, along with a supportive neck pillow. This one from REI comes with responsive memory foam. Your neck and shoulders will thank you later.

– Don’t underestimate the power of in-flight stretches and breathing exercises, or even just walking up and down the aisle. Foot rolls, arm and back stretches and yoga postures can do wonders to help with circulation and stiff muscles. Aircraft manufacturer Boeing and CNN’s travel section provide some useful techniques to keep you relaxed and comfortable.

– One of the biggest drains on energy is actually dehydration, and the dry air in planes only makes things worse. Bring an empty refillable water bottle with you, and fill it up after clearing through security. These canisters by Contigo are BPA-free and spill-proof. To stave off hunger, load up on nuts and fruits with omega-3 fatty acids and potassium. Protein-rich almonds are a better choice than the airplane’s salty peanuts.

– Dehydration also affects your skin. Neutrogena’s Norwegian Formula heavy-duty moisturizer and lip balm will prevent skin from feeling rough and cracked. For an extra surge of moisture, bring a small misting spray and some gentle facial wipes. It’s the next best thing to an in-flight facial.

– Aircrafts are a breeding ground for germs. To avoid catching your neighbor’s coughs and sneezes, bolster your immune system with some travel-size packets of Emergen-C, a fizzy dissolvable powder high in Vitamin C. Portable sanitizing wipes help keep hands and surfaces clean, including armrests and foldable trays. Those by Clean Well are all-natural and biodegradable, and come in travel-size packages.

– There’s nothing like brushing your teeth to feel awake and refreshed. If you don’t want to pull out your toothbrush, a great alternative are some portable Colgate wisps. They’re small enough to fit in your pocket, and come in a variety of flavors.