A seasoned traveller, an air hostess knows all the tricks for avoiding the negative effects of a long flight and jet lag on the body and mind. As the summer holiday season approaches, Sarah P., an Air France long-haul flight attendant, shares her tips to let you make the most of your trip.
8 tips for a stress-free flight
When travelling, it's best to wear loose-fitting clothes, and avoid tight trousers. For optimum comfort, it's a good idea to put on support stockings on the morning of your flight. A stole slipped in your bag is also a good way of protecting yourself from cold air conditioning.
It's essential to choose a comfortable position. Avoid crossing your legs, which relaxes the muscles and promotes blood circulation. A travel cushion is the ideal accessory to adopt a good sleeping position and reduce neck ache.
Listening to relaxing music or watching a movie from among the in-flight selection enables you to relax your mind after take-off. NEW! The MIND programme offers you a meditation session with Christophe André, author of Mindfulness day after day.
During your flight, it's better to eat light meals and drink more water than usual to compensate for the low humidity levels on board. Did you know that drinks are available throughout the entire duration of the flight? Try to limit your consumption of tea, coffee and alcohol, the effects of which can be stronger on board.
As far as beauty is concerned, it's best to remove make-up before departure and take along a small cosmetics bag with a few essentials such as hand cream, lip balm, moisturizer, a toothbrush and refreshing wipes.
To avoid irritation, remove your contact lenses, wear glasses instead, and consider taking individual doses of physiological serum for the flight.
Don't hesitate to get up regularly to walk around and stretch your body. The Air France in-flight entertainment programme also offers a video with simple exercises you can do to stay in shape during the flight.
Finally, to avoid any administrative hassle, remember to send yourself a copy of all your travel and identity documents by e-mail, just in case you lose them at your destination.