I have had this post in the works for a while but this weekend’s trip to see my sister in Minnesota made me remember that I hadn’t finished it. Thankfully NOT taking a redeye flight, but whenever I visited her in Portland (they just moved) I would take the redeye home, which made me think about this! Red eye flights are sort of the worst. But they are also great in that they let you have that extra full day wherever you are, so that you can get the most out of your trip. I’ve taken many a redeye (especially when I worked a traditional day job and didn’t get a lot of time off and this summer when I was all over the place)… so have learned a few things over the years. Today I’m sharing my best tips for red eye flights!!!
What is a red eye flight?
Just in case you’re not aware, a red eye flight is an overnight flight. The pro is that you wake up and are where you want to be… the con is an easy one: sleeping on the plane! I will be honest, I’m not the biggest fan, especially as a light sleeper overnight flights can totally suck and I’ll get such bad jet lag BUT sometimes they are a necessary evil!
Life Saving Tips for Red Eye Flights!
Alright, alright, let’s get into it! I would also highly recommend checking out my carry-on post… this was a popular post and there will be quite a bit of overlap, especially with what to pack!
Pre airport, act like you’re getting ready for bed.
I am a big fan of acting like I’m getting ready for bed before I head to the airport. If there’s time, I’ll take a long warm bath.. do my full skincare routine, wash + condition my hair, the whole thing. It helps to get you in the mindset for bedtime. By the time you board the plane, you are sleepy and ready for bed. Just make sure you leave yourself a good long while to get through security, etc. If you are stressed this will just cancel out that blissed out/ready for bed feeling!
You definitely want to wear comfortable clothing! I’ve talked about my go-to travel uniform and traveling in style and comfort. The main point is that you want to be comfortable but not sloppy… those two posts should give you some good inspiration for what to wear on a red eye (or just long) flight.
Don’t forget the essentials.
I’m listing out my favorite red eye essentials below, but if you do one thing just remember a toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, and deodorant. There is literally nothing worse than waking up and not having these things. I’ve done it before… you just feel awful and gross.
Sleep aids can help.
I’m such a light sleeper so if I have a longer red eye will take half an Ambien… I’m a super light sleeper so it helps me to sleep and beat jet lag. Talk to your doctor about that though. HUM nutrition also makes a beauty sleep supplement that I really like, and I have friends who swear by Z Quil!
Get a window seat!
This is such a big one for me. It honestly makes such a difference… the middle seat is really hard, and the aisle is rough too as I always get bumped in to. Window seat = the best. If I’m booking a red eye flight, I always always get a flight where I can select my seat.
Red Eye Flight Essentials
- Hand sanitzer + wipes because planes are dirty, duh. I really love this organic lavender hand sanitizer and these Ursa Major wipes!
- A big cashmere blanket scarf. It can double as a blanket in a pinch.
- Toothpaste + toothbrush. Don’t ever forget them. I have accidentally packed mine in my checked luggage and there’s nothing worse than that.
- Deodorant. Also don’t forget this! My favorite is Kopari and I love that they have a two-pack of space saving minis which is perfect for travel.
- The best travel pillow of all time. This pillow can be used in a bunch of different ways, it’s lightweight and doesn’t take up too much room; it’s a game changer.
- A silk eye mask. Slip makes my favorites. It will block out light and protect your delicate eye area from dry airplane air.
- Headphones. Love my airpods but for long flights you may want to invest in a nice set of noise cancelling headphones.
- Cashmere socks. My feet definitely swell quite a bit on the plane. I always pack a pair of cashmere socks as they’re super luxurious and soft!
- This “deep sleep” essential oil rollerball. Love, love, love. Not sure if it actually helps me sleep BUT it smells absolutely amazing.
- A pre-flight skincare routine. I love a face mist + either a super thick face cream or an overnight mask! Top with face oil for extra credit. Note DO NOT WEAR MAKEUP on a red eye flight. Just don’t do it, it’s terrible for your skin!!!
- Probiotics. One of my yoga teachers got me onto this. I used to get so bloated when I fly – these help A LOT. These are my favorite and don’t need to be refrigerated.
- A post-flight arrival skincare routine. I love Kiehl’s Youth Dose Eye Treatment and always apply upon landing (it’s tinted and contains light reflecting particles. Great for dark circles!). I also love this Olio Osso stick (it’s very nourishing and doubles as blush and lipstick) and a slick of lip balm and a swipe of Glossier lash slick. (Honestly, this Glossier set is pretty perfect for travel. It has everything you need for when you land!)