How to Recover After a Long Flight

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I’m finally back in LA after a week-long trip to New York City. Traveling is always fun but recovering from the trips are a different story. My flight for this trip was 5-1/2 hours one way, which to me is super long and tiring! Plus, getting used to the three hour time difference is also a challenge. To be honest, I sometimes feel like I don’t want to leave my house for days after getting settled in, but that’s impossible because there are always events and meetings. I have to be ready to get back to real life after every trip. If you have a hard time recuperating after vacations or work trips, I have some tips for how to recover after a long flight.

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Never leave with a messy house

I know how hard it can be to keep your house clean when you’re getting ready for a trip. The packing process, opening packages you just received, and moving luggage around will always result in a mess. However, I learned that the worst feeling is coming home to a messy house. I used to think that I could just clean up once I get back, but after a few cycles, I know I won’t have energy or time to tidy up my apartment. What I would end up doing is leaving the mess around longer. This stressed me out so bad and made it harder to get settled in. Now, I always try to keep my space clean before I leave that way I can return calm and ready to recover.

Practice self-care in flight

You might have seen on stories some of my favorite skincare products I take on flights. This is so important to me because it helps my complexion look hydrated and radiant after long hours of no humidity. Face mists, sheet masks, makeup remover wipes, and a rich moisturizer are my inflight must haves. I also always remember to drink a lot of water so I don’t have to deal with dehydration and swelling. If your flight is long, I also recommend packing healthy snacks like granola bars or nuts (something protein heavy) so that you’re not worn out by the time you land.

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Keep the energy going

I’ve learned through traveling that once I sit down and rest, it’s really hard to find the energy to get going again. My best tip to combat this is to not stop especially if you know you have things to do that can’t be put off. Most of the time, that’s work related things. As for shifting to time zones, do your best to fall asleep and wake up at the local time and not what your body has adjusted to. I know how hard it can be to fight naps and stay awake, but it’s the best antidote for rest and work.

Exercise even if you don’t feel like it

I don’t really know anyone who truly enjoys exercising as it is. I enjoy the benefits but def not the process. However, I always try really hard to get to the gym no matter where I am to get the blood flow going, heighten my awareness, and regulate my sleep. I know that this works and there’s no other way out! The day after I got back from NYC, I went running!

Make time to recover

Making time to rest after traveling sounds impossible, but it’s much needed to ensure a productive recovery. You don’t need to put off weeks, but try to arrive at least 24 hours in advance of full work days and activities so that you have time to get energized and freshen up. I really enjoy simple activities like lighting a candle, long, warm baths, a cup of hot tea, slow music, and books!

What are some of your recovery tips after long flights?

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How to Recover After a Long Flight
  • Briana Nicole

    Great tip! Just landed in London so this was perfect!


    • Enjoy your trip Briana, and I hope you find these helpful!

  • Wonderful tips and ideas … traveling is so tiring, but it is so necessary to get anywhere. Merci for sharing your lovely ideas. 🌷👍🏼🌷

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  • I couldn’t agree more with these tips – especially giving yourself time to recover and not leaving with a messy house! If you leave with a messy area, you are much more likely to feel stressed and won’t be able to enjoy your trip, or flight as much. Also, if your home is cluttered, it’s much more likely you will forget something and that is never fun! A lot of people don’t give themselves time to recover after their trip, just stepping right into the usual routine. However, this is not beneficial at all and will lead to extra stress and fatigue. Fantastic post and terrific idea!

    • That is so true Isabella. I’m usually not too bothered when I leave but when I come back, it’s a completely different story.

  • Blu

    I always try to plan my outfits 4-7 day in advance and at least take them out so my packing process isn’t hectic and I have time, and less anxiety cleaning up! Coming home to a clean house is one of the best feelings ever!

    Tip: order groceries so they’re delivered about the same time you arrive! One less thing to worry about :)

    Blu | wellness & healthy living

  • Sarah Downing

    Great article. My tips: try to get as much work done ahead of time. As a freelancer, I find that once I get back, even more work has come in, and it becomes even harder to catch up.
    Take a day off if necessary, so you are not working again the next day.

    Unpack your suitcase as soon as possible – whilst it’s tempting to leave it for a week, that won’t make you feel like you’re home.

    I used to regularly take transatlantic trips (which are a bit more than 5.5 hours) and here are some tips that I personally found helpful and compiled for my blog followers:

    • Love these tips Sarah, thanks so much for sharing!

      • Sarah Downing

        My pleasure, Pam. Thanks for your article!

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