Travel tips from Helena Flynn, British Airways Ambassador

Published on : Thursday, February 14, 2013

For many people,myself included,a trip starts with booking a flight.Then it’s all about the anticipation, asking friends for must-see places, restaurants and museum recommendations and then suddenly it arrives – the day of the journey! For those who start panicking about what to pack, our packing guide is readily available here. And now, here’s my tips for travelling in style that will guarantee you look and feel your best, no matter how long your journey may be.

On the Ground

If you feel like spoiling yourself, Terminal 5, London Heathrow, has a great selection of shops; my favourites include Harrods, which has an amazing selection of bikinis, wraps,sun hats and beach bags all year round and Reiss for a last minute sun dress. I can also be found in Jo Malone and as I am away from home a lot, I love to buy my favourite candles from there and take them on my trip so wherever I am it always smells like home.

As the air is dry when you fly, a good moisturiser is crucial, I always use Crème de la Mer face cream (which can be bought at Terminal 5 for £158.30 or in flight). It is a luxury but tends to last for about four months, so is a good investment. Pile it on the night before you fly, and if you can avoid wearing makeup on the day of travel even better, if not, keep it light and avoid long lasting lipsticks, which  are drying. Once onboard, I remove my make up with Johnson’s facial wipes, and drink lots of water to stay hydrated. I always carry a cashmere poncho with me as I tend to get chilly inflight, and it keeps me nice and comfy when watching my favourite movies. I also take my Evian water mist spray onboard and spray my face throughout the flight to keep my skin soft.

If you are lucky enough to be in our First cabin, you will be given comfortable pyjamas and slippers, and in our other cabins, I recommend you bring your own pyjamas so that you can fully relax. You may get some funny looks but it’s important to be comfortable, I change immediately after boarding. Have you ever wondered how the cabin crew always look refreshed even after a longhaul flight? This is due to them moving around and not lying in one position for hours. I recommend that you should try to move around, stretch out and have a look at our onboard well-being tips video on the inflight entertainment system. To ensure your hair looks good when you land, take some dry shampoo with you, which you can spray in just before you depart the plane.

Often when I travel, I avoid eating in flight and prefer to maximise my sleeping time as I tend to be heading straight to a meeting when I land. Onboard I rarely drink alcohol and I mostly sip on peppermint tea – moreover, I always drink a carrot and ginger juice from Giraffe at Terminal 5 in arrivals when I land, I find it helps me with the jet lag… not a medical fact but just one I swear by!

source:-British Airways

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