Monday, 17 October 2016

8 tips for flying short haul

Oh hello! So with five flights before the end of the year I thought I would dedicate a blog to flying and hopefully impart some wisdom to make your flight a little more enjoyable. Sometimes I feel like an airplane is my second home! My latest flight was with Air France to the beautiful, Paris and with a little over an hour it is one of the shortest, short haul flights you can get. Air France have fab flight times if you are planning on not taking any extra holiday off work for just a weekend getaway. The Friday flight was at 8:30 pm from Heathrow and we headed home at 8 pm on the Sunday which was just perfect and you can get flights from £78 return from Heathrow. 

Okay so let’s get to the reason for this article: Tips to make your short haul flight more enjoyable.
Air France Paris
1. Be Comfortable
It’s still a flight babe, not a fashion show! Get comfy, it may be your Abercrombie comfy pants or a cute comfy t-shirt dress; I wore a t-shirt dress from Primark with tights and ankle boots (because its finally autumn in the UK) and remember a jumper! TIP: Take a pair of slipper socks. Flights usually have the air-con blasting and it is always nice to be cosy whilst sitting down for an hour.

paris2. Make use of the free WIFI
It is not just on the plane you have to keep yourself busy, the majority is waiting around for your flight at the airport and you want to save your pennies for Paris. So make use of the free WIFI, (it also uses less battery). For me I spent my time eating and planning my trip in Paris with the Air France city guide, which is so easy to use and has heaps of useful tips, so you can plan your perfect weekend.

3. Choose the perfect seat
When picking your seats go for where you are most comfortable I find for short haul, window is best as I can rest against it or Adam. I find the seats at the front and the back of the plane are a NO NO, you get people loitering near the toilet and staff going back and forth and the back row is usually smaller so that is a definite NO GO AREA.

4. Hand luggage
If you are going on a short haul flight just take hand luggage – but don’t go OTT. Most people will have some type of hand luggage and the overhead storage is usually full if you are last to get on the plane. Also if you are lucky enough to take a handbag which is not considered as hand luggage (thanks Air France) then take something compact so it does not take up all your precious leg room, and that you don’t put shoe marks over your lovely bag.


5. See if there are any cheap upgrades
With your flight being in the next 30 minutes there may be some extra leg room seats or VIP spots that didn't end get snapped up and you might end up getting something a litter cheaper – it is worth a cheeky ask. Also listen out whilst I was flying home there was a call out for a flight to Japan for £250. I didn’t realise airlines still offered last minute flights anymore, it’s a shame I had to get back to the UK.
6. Do not buy a Samsung Note 7
If you are a frequent flyer you may have heard that the Samsung Note 7 has one major flaw it blows up whilst on charge and it has to be turned off on an airplane, I am surprised they even let people on! If you have one, change it now – they say any PR is good PR but not sure every flight announcing this can be considered good PR…

7. Key beauty essentials
You will know what key beauty essentials you need for an airport visit and a short haul flight but I take my Nivea tinted moisturiser as the flight can dry out your skin. I also have an obsession with hand cream for me it is an essential for any flight, a roll on, I actually brought a newbie is Sephora and it smells divine. You can never go wrong with a good lippy to make sure you look on point when you step off the flight, even if you are in joggers.

8. Entertainment
The flight is short so you don’t need too much to keep yourself entertained, it could be write a blog post, read a book, colour in or have an hours nap.

What are your tips to flying short haul?
8 tips for flying short haul
8 tips for flying short haul
8 tips for flying short haul
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