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5 Simple Life-Changing Flight Hacks

By Earnest Collective
09 May 2019

After 5-6 hours of mediocre mid-air sleep, it’s pretty much impossible to walk off the plane looking anywhere near presentable. If you’re a champion upright sleeper, then well, overnight flights were made for you. But for the rest of us, the red-eye is synonymous with misery. And that's the problem. You most likely need to look presentable right off the plane.

We hope these tips can help you get through your next red-eye experience and arrive looking more well-rested and functional.

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Get on the plane, well prepared

What does it mean to be well prepared for a flight? It differs from one passenger to another but in general, you should have a prep kit that includes - 

  • An eye mask - one to block out light so that you can sleep better 
  • Earplugs or a playlist with soothing music to block out cabin noise or angry babies
  • A lightweight blanket (optional), many people find that it can help trigger sleep even in an aircraft environment 
  • Dry Shampoo Powder - somehow, in mid-air your hair inevitably gets greasy and limp no matter if it's a short or long-haul flight. For a post-flight fix, sprinkle some dry shampoo powder through your hair for lightweight texture, separation and control.
  • Sebum Control Wipes - Freshen up your face and remove all that grime without over-drying your skin. You'll look rested and presentable, even if you didn't manage to get some shut-eye. 
  • Mouthwash - There's a high possibility that you've had a cup of coffee or 2, some midnight snack or even booze. Whatever the case, if you think that brushing your teeth is way too troublesome (yuck?) on a plane, rinse your mouth with a strong mouthwash. Stinky breath? Not presentable. 
  • Eye-drops - Go from red-eye to bright-eyed, duh. 


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Step away from fancy clothes 

Comfort is key when you're running to gates and cramming yourself into tiny seats unless of course, you're in business or first class. No, we’re not suggesting a pyjama-clad walk of shame to catch your next flight, but choosing a flight outfit built around comfort can go far in helping you sleep once you’re onboard. Try some comfy jeans, a tee, and a hoodie.

Layering your clothes

Especially during long-haul flights, or flights from Singapore (because it's summer all year round), you'll most likely sweat buckets and freeze solid the moment you touch down. By layering pieces, you'll be able to take them on or off easily. And even better, you can mix and match pieces for a lot more outfits (say, if you're the kind that likes to dress up).

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Minimize carry-on baggage

Struggling with a heavy luggage full of things you don't need? Not cute. Prepare a checklist and go through it - do you really need them? It's best to have a light-weight carry-on backpack or even better, check-in everything if that's an option.

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Move around 

Being cramped up in a tiny seat for hours is an absolute nightmare but what's worst is the after-effect like backaches or cramped legs. Make sure to move around to get the blood flowing. It's best to get the aisle seat if you're one who experiences muscle spasms often so that you do not have to bother your neighbour who's fast asleep. 

What are some other hacks that you've mastered? Share with us in the comment section below! :) 

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