The Ten Ways to Make your Flight More Glamorous

The Ten Ways to Make Your Flight More GlamorousUnless you’re travelling first class, flying, particularly on the no-frills airlines, can be almost as unglamorous as it gets. You often leave horribly early in the morning, you spend ages in queues at the airport and then you’re squashed into an airline seat for hours on end.

But I want my flight to be less like this…The Ten Ways to Make your Flight more Glamorous

And a lot more like this…

Fortunately there are things you can do to make your flight more glamorous than grim.

Ever had one of those moments when you realise that you’re doing it all wrong?  A few years ago I was queuing up to board an Easyjet flight with two small children. The kids were whining and mucking around, I was feeling stressed about getting us seats together on the plane and trying to balance a cup of coffee with one hand and wipe a child’s nose with the other. Then I looked up and noticed the immaculately dressed woman at the front of the queue. She was carrying a Longchamp bag and flicking through a copy of Vogue, looking as if she was about to walk into a first class cabin, not onto a budget airline.

It got me thinking. She clearly didn’t see the flight as an ordeal to get through. She was acting as if she was travelling first class. And why not? Since that moment I’ve realised that you can make your flight as glamorous as you want it to be. You’ll feel less stressed and enjoy the flight a lot more if you follow these ten tips to make you feel as if you’re flying first class when you’re stuck in standard.

Pack a gourmet picnic

Packing a variety of foodie treats is guaranteed to make your flight feel a lot more luxurious, especially when everyone else is either gazing mournfully at their plastic tray of airline food or ordering an overpriced sandwich from the air hostess.

Bring along a selection of your favourite sandwiches, some fresh fruit, carrot sticks and dips as well as pudding treats like mini cheesecakes or chocolate mousse. If we’re flying over breakfast time I’ll always buy some juices, yoghurt pots and pastries from one of the cafés at the airport. Setting it all out once we’re in the air makes breakfast feel so much more special.

Be stylish but comfortable

Wear clothes that look good but make sure that they’re comfortable enough to wear for a long period of time. I usually opt for smart, but not tight, trousers, with a long-sleeved top and a jacket I can put in the overhead locker. Avoid wearing fabric that’s easily creased.

Create the perfect in-flight toiletry bag

The Ten Ways to Make Your Flight More GlamorousWhen you fly in business or first class, you’re given a wash bag filled with a couple of toiletries, usually a toothbrush, lip salve and hand cream. Why not go one better and create your own personal toiletry bag complete with all those things designed to make you feel special? I always pack hand cream, a hydration spray, tinted lip balm and eye gel in a nice wash bag. Make sure you don’t bring anything bigger than 100ml and transfer it into a clear plastic bag to go through security at the airport.

Stay hydrated

The low humidity inside an aircraft cabin means that moisture evaporates from the body more quickly when you’re flying and this can lead to dehydration. You can help combat this by drinking lots of water – it’s best to avoid alcohol and caffeine. Buy a big bottle of water in the airport lounge after you’ve gone through security.

You can help keep your skin at its glamorous best by applying a moisture serum on your face before you travel and regularly using hand cream, lip balm and a hydration spray during the flight.

Wear a scarf

The Ten Ways to Make your Flight More GlamorousI always wear a scarf when I’m flying, usually a pashmina or a scarf big and soft enough to double up as a luxurious blanket if the air conditioning is too fierce. It can even be folded up to use as a pillow if you want to go to sleep.

Bring along a small make-up bag

The cheapest flights often leave horribly early in the morning so if I’ve had to get up really early I won’t put make-up on. You can get away with tinted moisturiser, a tinted lip balm and an under eye concealer with a light reflector, like the YSL Touche Éclat pen at that time of day.

It is nice to look a big more glamorous when you arrive so I always pack a mirror, mascara, a small eyeshadow palette and a cream blusher that doubles up as a lipstick to apply before landing.

Pack it all in a gorgeous bag

Carrying a beautiful bag always makes me feel more glamorous so I pack everything I need for the flight in a handbag large enough to fit it all in but stylish enough to make me feel good. It’s helpful to have a bag with compartments in which you can slot your passport and ticket. There’s nothing very glamorous about being that person in the boarding queue who has to empty out the entire contents of her bag in order to find her boarding pass. I speak from bitter experience.

Be as comfortable as you can on the flight

It’s really important for me to feel comfortable if I’m going to be stuck in a small space for a long period of time. I always take my shoes off as soon as I get on the flight and put on soft, comfy socks. Cashmere socks are the most luxurious choice.

Keep the children entertained with quiet activities

Dos and Don'ts of Flying with ChildrenThere’s nothing less glamorous on a flight than having to cope with bored, hungry and irritable children so be sure to bring along healthy snacks and plenty of activities to entertain yours. We really like the Usborne sticker books, wipeable activity cards and plenty of books.

For more ideas, take a look at The Dos and Don’ts of Flying with Children

Treat everyone to new magazines

I always buy a magazine to take on a flight, sometimes two if it’s a long flight and I want to save one to read beside the pool on holiday. The children always choose a magazine for themselves as well and they’re not allowed to peek at it until we’re on the plane so that they’ve got something new to look at. We all pack books too – flying can be a great time for a good long read.

What about you? Do you have any tips on making your flight more glamorous?

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I’m linking this up to this month’s Travel Link-Up with EmmaAngieJessi and Nano.

 

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89 thoughts on “The Ten Ways to Make your Flight More Glamorous

  1. I absolutely love this post Clare. I have never felt less glam flying with a couple of toddlers in tow but I am going to make room for the latest Harpers Bazaar and essential treats in my carry on from now on. Love it!

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  2. You’ve summed this up brilliantly, there is little to add! Having travelled around the world with five children, I can vouch for every one of these tips. My own tiny rule I stick by, don’t make the mistake of taking too much hand baggage. One large handbag/tote is enough. Wear the Pashmina as you say, buy a magazine and a book, but don’t schlepp endless carry bags with a bottle of duty free that probably only saved you two pounds in the first place. Nothing makes us feel more downcast than struggling with children and baggage and not having enough hands. One bag each, keep it light and walk freely

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    • You’re so right about not carrying too many bags. I’ve definitely been guilty of that in the past. My children now carry their own bag full of their bits and pieces which leaves me feeling a lot less downcast, like you so rightly say. Thanks so much for commenting.

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  3. Fantastic tips! I love the idea of a gourmet picnic, and cashmere socks. Like you I always thought of flights as something to be endured. This just goes to show you that a different state of mind can work wonders…

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    • Thanks so much, Nell! Doing all this has completely changed my state of mind about flights. I’m all about the glamour now – and part of that is making sure the kids are entertained and happy too.

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  4. “you can make your flight as glamorous as you want it to be” – what a refreshing thought! In order to go “full-glam” I too would require a fancy glass of champagne to celebrate the voyage. I also love the handbag idea and the new magazines for everyone tip. Great post! I’m now Pinning and sharing this on Twitter & Facebook 🙂

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    • Thanks so much, Ali. I really appreciate all the sharing! I’d just so much rather celebrate the glamour than moan about the grimness of the flight. Mind over matter – and a glass of champagne can go a long way to helping achieve that!

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  5. This is such a great post! Many of these ideas I already do myself although I’m always terrible about buying snacks for the plane. I wait until I’m at the airport and then I spend more money. I really need to get better at that! #WanderfulWednesday

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  6. I love this so much! It’s making the best out of bad situation. I always try to nice presentable in the airport– no sweats for me!

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  7. These are all such great tips! I find myself wishing that I lived back in the day and age when people dressed up to travel! It just felt so glamorous! I love your idea of wearing a scarf because that would totally help me to feel more glamorous!

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  8. I love the idea of packing a gourmet picnic! I’m mostly too lazy to pack more than a simple cheese sandwich but when I see those 4 layered healthy cheese-vegetable sandwiches they sell at the airport, I almost always buy one of those instead and loose heaps of money. I should really start treating myself by making and bringing good food on the go myself!

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    • Even if you buy something fancy from your local supermarket it’ll probably still cost a lot less than what they sell at the airport. I do love having nice food with me on a flight!

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  9. Great list! I love your idea of picnicking on the plane! How fun! When I was a kid, my parents would always let me pick out a new book, coloring book, car game (they used to have miniature versions of Hasbro games),or whatever, but I wasn’t allowed to touch it until we got in the car. (We never flew.) I definitely think the combination of fun snacks and new books or toys (even if it was only one) was more than enough to keep me and my brother excited about the trip (despite the long haul) and entertained enough to not bug my parents. I’ll definitely be keeping your tips in mind for my next flight. I don’t have kids, but I love the idea of feeling “first class” even if the flight itself isn’t. 🙂

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    • Thanks so much. Love the story of your travels when you were little – that’s exactly what we do now! Kids love the thrill of something new and mine get really excited about picking their ‘travel magazine’ before we go. Thanks for your lovely comments and for sharing.

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  10. This is such a fun and unique post! And, just in time for my trip home on Friday. I’m already imagining how I’m going to feel after a day at work then heading straight to the airport for a 20hr flight… a little less than glamorous so these tips will help me out 😉 I love the idea of the picnic – nothing like picking up some tasty treats to make the hours go by quicker.

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  11. Great tips! It really is all in your mindset. I love your list of what to bring on the flight. The one thing I always bring is my neck pillow – it definitely makes me more comfortable when sleeping.

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  12. Clare, what amazing tips. Just because it’s a budget flight doesn’t have to make you feel like you’re in cattle class. Dressing the part and taking quality items is a great way to feel first class and maybe even a way to get upgraded if an upgrade is available. Thank you for linking this with #TheWeeklyPostcard, I’ll be sure to bookmark for my next flight.

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    • Thank you so much! I got so fed up with feeling like cattle class on a flight that I decided to do something about it. Mind over matter! It really has made a difference – even when I’ve got the children with me. Thank you so much for sharing.

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  13. I’ve this idea – I feel more like a pack horse than glamorous traveller these days. I do always take a scarf though and lovely (useful) document holder but maybe that’s a good excuse to get a new bag 🙂

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    • Thanks so much, Cathy. I know what you mean – all that paraphernalia you have to bring with you when you’re travelling with kids definitely makes you feel more like a pack horse. Now I put the kids’ stuff in their Trunkis so they can bring those along themselves. I like the sound of a lovely document holder. It might make finding my passport easier instead of rummaging in my bag…

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  14. Some great tips Clare, many are great for those without kids as well. I try to just drink water on long flights and just zone out watching movies, reading a book, and sleeping. I don’t sleep well on planes though and have not really found a way to sleep comfortable on economy flights. ~ Jessica

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    • Thanks so much,Jessica. It’s really difficult to sleep on flights, particularly the economy ones. I think zoning out by doing something you enjoy is often the best answer. Thanks so much for commenting and sharing.

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  15. Excellent advice, Clare. I so hate the long haul flights and no matter how much I try to make them more comfortable, I still feel worn out and dead tired at the end. But since there’s no other faster way to travel than the airplanes, we have to put up with them.

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  16. This post is absolute gold, Clare! I love the scarf, picnic, and fancy bag advice especially. I know I started feeling nicer on flights when I stopped wearing sports clothes all the time! You should get this post published by other websites, it’s really a winner!

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    • Thank you, thank you, Christy, for your really lovely words and support! I do definitely have better flights now that I’ve made the decision to go for glamour rather than gripe at the grimness of the whole experience.

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  17. What brilliant recommendations, and I agree with packing a scarf – keeps me warm as the cabin conditions can be so variable. I’d also add, take a pair of socks in case you have to take your shoes off at airport security

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  18. Awesome tips! I definitely agree that you need to be as comfortable as you can, otherwise, the whole flight will be torture. For my next few flights, I’ll just load some tv shows on my phone to make the time pass faster, haha.

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  19. I wear either trousers that stretch and just pull up but look smart business like or non crease dresses that are knee length (don’t want too short as end up at your waist as you squirm in your seat – not a good look, or too long end up in puddles of water in the loos). Add a pair of smart slip on shoes – easy to get on and off without having to bend down. Then as you suggest pack a magazine, you always get interrupted by the kids, or flight attendants – a magazine doesn’t require the attention span as a book does.

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  20. Love this post Clare! I agree with most of your points too. My hubby has always dressed up for a flight whereas I’ve usually gone for comfort but he’s rubbed off on me a bit. I always have a lippy or tinted lip balm with me…a scarf usually adorns my neck (although more so in winter) because it does get chilly on aeroplanes. I often wear a dress with leggings or maxi as legs get cold and a hat for hot hols…stops it getting crushed in luggage and makes me look vaguely cool. I have my longchamp bag (a fab gift which is ace for travelling) filled with new sarnies/snacks (easy jet food is disgusting and pricey), new mags for my daughter and lots of water PLUS sunnies for stepping out on the tarmac. Haha. Eat your heart out Victoria Beckham! #mondayescapes

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    • I’m so happy that you like it, Elizabeth. It sounds like we’ve got very similar views on making the most of flying – even with children in tow! I’ve not done the hat thing yet – I always feel a bit self-conscious and end up crushing it into my suitcase. I’m off to Greece next week and you’ve reminded me I don’t have a stylish sunhat. Clearly I need to go and get one now and perhaps I’ll even be brave enough to wear it onto the plane, sunglasses and all!

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  21. Great Tips Claire. Thank you. Big water bottle, scarf and comfy socks are my flight staples too. My savior on long haul flights is books and movies. I don’t go the cinema very often, so its a great way to catchup on the latest films. It makes the flights go a lot quicker! #MondayEscapes

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  22. A fun list of ideas for making your trip more enjoyable and bearable in some ways too. I admired the idea of wearing a scarf, it can make all the difference in the world! I also think it’s great to pack gourmet treats with you and packing a toiletries bag, not only for comfort but just in case you need them if your luggage is lost.

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    • Thank you so much, Brooke! Sorry it’s taken me awhile to reply – I just found your comment in my spam folder rather mysteriously. I think a few extras should now go in my toiletries bag – my luggage went missing on a flight last year and I was so happy to have at least some make-up with me for the few days I was without my belongings!

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  23. I love this! You are so right about feeling more glamorous when you have a lovely bag. I’ve treated myself to two new bags recently and feel a lot more organised too. Great investments 🙂 #MondayEscapes

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    • Thanks so much, Claire! There’s nothing quite like a lovely bag to lift the spirits and make you feel a bit more glam – good place to hide some of the baby and child paraphernalia too!

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  24. Although not really glamorous, we do try to dress “first class” when we travel, regardless of where our seats are. The carry on amenity kit you put together is a great idea! Ann carries some Bliss lotion (thank you, W Hotels!) with her, and that awesome scent adds a bit of glam and luxe to any situation. We’re also going to adopt the deluxe picnic idea – some wine and cheese in flight? Yes please!

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  25. Adored this post, Clare! I bet you’re one of those stylishly dressed travellers I’m always envious of! I always treat myself to magazines when I’m flying too – and I love creating the perfect in-flight toiletry bag, which always has Avene thermal water mist spray (feels SO GOOD on long-haul flights) and a mini toothpaste and toothbrush! Of course, a scarf is always essential, as you say – it has so many functions! Blanket, pillow, etc.

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    • Thank you so much, Jaime. I’m absolutely with you on that lovely Avene spray – I’m sure I freak out everyone sitting near me with my constant spraying! As for me, I do start out with the best of intentions to be that stylishly dressed traveller but far too often end up looking like some scatty, crazy lady…Thank goodness I’ve got the scarf to hide behind!

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  26. I love these tips and what a brilliant idea to just create your own in-flight toiletries bag. Normally I just thrown a few small bottles of shampoo and conditioner in my purse, and never any lip balm or facial creams. And a scarf does really look glamourous! True.

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  27. Hello Clare! Just discovered your blog via link-this month’s up and already love it! Thanks for sharing so many useful tips. I am all about choosing right accessories when I travel, especially a nice carry-on or tote to have all necessary things (including that bag of toiletries) nicely organized and easily accessible. I’m also a huge fan of those round neck pillows that help me keep my dignity when I fall asleep and tilt my head (and drool). Never tried bringing my own “lunch-box” with gourmet food though, that is ingenious! xoxo, nano | http://www.travelwithnanob.com

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  28. Interesting post, Clare. I have never really thought about making my flights more comfortable, other than wearing comfortable clothes and shoes and having access to a continuous supply of in-flight movies for the duration of the flight. The snack to go sounds a lovely idea.

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  29. I love this post Clare! I’ve recently invested in a gorgeous Michael Kors oversized travel bag which I can’t wait to try out on holiday next week. I also love to buy myself a generous selection of magazines at the airport, a small cheeky bottle of bubbly and lots of yummy food treats for once I’m on-board as unless you’re travelling business or first, the food on-board is never really that great.

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    • Thank so much for your lovely comment and for being such a fabulous Twitter sharer! Ooh a Michael Kors bag sounds heavenly. Love the idea of a cheeky bottle of bubbly!! Must try that…

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  30. I think I’ve gone a bit overboard with my personalised toiletry kit, because I kept reading such good recommendations and adopting them for my own that it now spans at least 3 (small-ish…) bags. Oops. Also, you don’t need to buy water, you can take an empty bottle through security and then fill it up at water fountains the other side. It’s not the most luxury option but it’s definitely the cheapest, and makes me feel less angry about the rip off airside water prices!

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