Thereâ€™s one mantra I swear by – for travel and for life.
I cannot control everyone around me. I can only control myself.
Bad flights are among the most unpleasant experiences. There are crying babies, drunk businessmen, turbulence, and planes that havenâ€™t been thoroughly cleaned.
Bad flights suck. Period.
What makes it worse is that you canâ€™t do much about it. But you can control parts of your experience, and how you react.
These four essentials, which I pack for every flight, help. A lot.
The AKG N60 headphonesÂ fold up for easy packing, can be charged via a USB cord, and truly block out the chatter, crying, and chaos of your journey. Especially when Enya is playing.
Just get them. You wonâ€™t regret it.
Tata Harper Aromatic Treatments
Planes smell…not good.
TheÂ Tata Harper Stress and Irritability therapies smell divine – and work wonders for changing your mood.
I like to apply these at the beginning of the flight (and every couple of hours or so) on my wrists and my chest. Eyes closed, 4 counts of 4-7-8 breathing, and Iâ€™m significantly more relaxed.
Even in a middle seat, in coach, on a 15 hour flight.
Scent goes a long way. Particularly when there’s the lingering odor of banana in the air.
Your Favorite Tea (Or Beverage)
A cup of herbal tea is one of my go-to rituals to relax. Thereâ€™s something about holding a warm cup and feeling the steam on my face that helps turn off my brain – if only for a second.
I always bring a few of my favorite tea bags (Refreshing Mint if I have to work, Kava Anti-Stress if I donâ€™t) to brew and sip during my trip. A cup of my favorite tea helps me feel at home wherever I am – even if itâ€™s 30,000 feet in the air.
If a glass of wine or a Bloody Mary is what you need to unwind – do you, friend. Whatever it takes to get you to relax.
Sanitizer (Spray & Wipes)
Iâ€™ve always sworn by sanitizing wipes, but this new product is a game changer. The Birdie santiizerÂ by OLIKAÂ is industrial strength Â that you can spray directly onto your hands or use to wipe down a surface (thanks to the dry wipes dispensed at the bottom).
It also doesnâ€™t smell like hand sanitizer, which is a plus.
I have a whole spray/wipe routine I go through after I board the plane. I clean the seat belt buckle, the tray table and fastener, the arm rests, and the window and window shade. If Iâ€™m planning on sleeping, Iâ€™ll also clean the wall around the window to rest my head against.
You canâ€™t control who youâ€™re seated next to, or how theyâ€™re going to act.
But with a few productsÂ and a fast routine, youâ€™ll be oblivious to them.
And you’ll feel pretty relaxed in the process.
Do you have any essentials you pack to block out distracting passengers? COMMENT below and let me know!
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