Zero Hour: In-flight Set Up

In-flight set up can be just as important as your pre-flight wellness routine. Make sure you select your seat early if possible so you don’t get stuck in the dreaded middle seat. Before boarding, make sure you have the following easily accessible: water, eye mask, earplugs, scarf, neck pillow, and magazines. (If you've ever traveled with me, you know I have my Yoga Tune Up® therapy balls handy too.)

Board your flight as early as possible to make sure there is room for your luggage. (The worst is a full flight that makes you check your hand luggage when you were planning to skip baggage claim completely.) Feel free to wipe down the arm rests and tray tables with a lavender scented cleaning wipe – really they don’t clean these areas!

Once settled apply a balm made of clove, cinnamon, and other anti-viral and anti-bacterial boosting properties to your upper lip, wrists, and chest. This helps to ward off the stray germs floating around the cabin. Unfurl that long lush scarf to use as a blanket not only over your body, but also as a barrier between your head and the airplane pillow – again, these items are not washed often.

With everything you need in easy reach, decide how you want to use your my flight time – sleep, catch up on a favorite magazine or book, write, etc. Make sure you get up to move, use the restroom and ask for a water refill. Just before landing I pull out my travel size treatment oil and slather my face, neck, and hands, which helps battle the dreaded skin dehydration.

By consciously constructing this in-flight wellness routine, you will arrive feeling better, less stressed, and less affected by jet lag. Trust me, I’ve been doing this for years and have lived through the positive results. - Linden Schaffer