Air Travel Hacks to Arrive Looking like a Red-carpet Star

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Air travel can be one of life’s true joys. In the decades since the Boeing “Jumbo” 747 made it feasible for even ordinary folk to affordably travel the world, many millions have been able to do so. We now think little of sitting inside a pressurised metal tube and whizzing across continents, oceans, and time zones, disembarking for a holiday, sports event, wedding, or business meeting.

Air travel has never been easier, but some of us still feel the impact of long-haul flights, jet lag, and hours of relative inactivity, especially as modern airliners can stay aloft longer than ever. It needn’t be that way.

Serving more than 160 destinations worldwide from its award-winning Doha hub, Hamad International Airport (DOH), Qatar Airways’ crew get to go to lots of places, often. They share some hacks for arriving at your destination looking and feeling like a star on the red carpet at the Oscars.

Hydrate

Unless you live in, say, Chile’s Atacama Desert, the air in a pressurised cabin is generally drier than the air you’d breathe on the ground. Nowadays it’s less of an issue because of the use of space-age materials – such as the carbon composites used in the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and others – which enable cabins to have more humidity than before. It is still a good idea to sip plenty of water and for the same reason, applying a little moisturiser can stop your skin from drying out.

Go easy on the martinis, 007

It’s nice to enjoy a drink or two when the seatbelt lights go off and the drinks trolley comes around or to savour a glass of good wine with your meal. But too much of it can have a dehydrating, diuretic effect. In case you decide on non-alcoholic alternatives.

Qatar Airways serves a variety of beverages as part of their welcome drinks, including freshly produced juice, iced tea and coffee, popular cold beverages as well as an interesting variety of mocktails such as pineapple margarita, apple cooler, orangeade, pineapple punch, and spiced tomato with tabasco and a slice of lemon. Feel like a celebration without risking inebriation?

Try to sleep

Airline cabins are quieter than ever and conducive to some shut-eye once airborne. Several airlines now offer lie-flat beds and Qatar Airways crew recommends the airline’s Qsuite cabins, repeatedly voted the World’s Best Business Class offering. Qsuite features a revolutionary business suite design and the world’s first double bed in the class. Even a few hours of sleep can help you feel less groggy when you land.

Pack the right kit

Many travellers find that noise-canceling headphones, eye masks, neck pillows, and other gizmos work well. It’s worth trying them at least once. Although airlines offer blankets – and in many cases – pyjamas, regular flyers often carry a sweatshirt to cut the chill of the aircraft’s air-conditioning. Some travellers also find that wearing reading glasses rather than their usual contact lenses is more comfortable when flying.

Granted, it is difficult to remember everything for a trip, especially when it comes to packing amenities for the flight. Qatar Airways provides every Business Class passenger with an amenity kit specially designed by Diptyque to ensure pampering all flight long.

From lip balm to hydrating facial mist, anti-aging moisturizer, hand lotion, and perfume to a plush set of ultra-comfortable pajamas. The 100% cotton pajama set from The White Company is a favourite amongst frequent flyers, providing a comfortable outfit on a long-haul journey.

Freshen up

Depending on which airline and class you’re travelling to, you may have access to showers or spa facilities at a transit airport. You can swim some laps at the Oryx Airport Hotel’s Vitality Wellbeing and Fitness Centre, located at the airport’s South Plaza, near the yellow Lamp Bear, or take a steam-bath and even play a game of squash before boarding your flight for the next leg of your journey.

The state-of-the-art Hamad International Airport was designed with passenger comfort and convenience in mind. The airport’s South and North Plazas have facilities that offer showers as well as signature services such as table massages, facials, and nail care. Many passengers find a massage helps rejuvenate body and soul, and a variety is available at Hamad International Airport.

See the light

Long-haul flights that cross one or more time zones can cause jet lag, which is a disruption to the body’s circadian rhythms – essentially, your body clock. Symptoms can vary from mild insomnia and feeling drowsy during the day, to anxiety, headaches, and unsettled digestion. Flying from west to east generally triggers more serious symptoms than flying east to west.

Suggested hacks:

  • Spend some time in the sun when you reach your destination.
  • Some countries that have extended periods of winter darkness have “light cafés” or “light lounges” to help alleviate Seasonal Affective Disorder, a depressive condition resulting from lack or exposure to sunlight.

Either way, getting some light in your life will help “reset” your body clock. Hamad International Airport goes above and beyond ‘stress-free’ travelling. Don’t miss out on the ORCHARD, an indoor tropical garden, nestled at the heart of the airport, offering a space to relax, rejuvenate, catch some much-needed sunlight, and recharge or stretch out your muscles with a yoga routine.

Incorporating these routines into your travels is likely to help you arrive refreshed and ready to enjoy whatever awaits you, whether it’s a holiday, closing a business deal, contributing to charity projects, or accepting a golden statue.