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Friday the 13th / Travel Tips

on May 13, 2011

My black cat, Ebony

Well kids, it’s Friday the 13th. I own a black cat. Am I doomed? πŸ™‚Β  In the past it’s actually been a good day…so I’m hopeful. I weighed in this morning and was happy to not see 311. Instead, 310. OK, I lost a pound. Jewels and I talked last night about celebrating every victory, no matter how small. So, I will take that one pound with a smile! I won’t weigh-in again until after my trip and I am hopeful that I’ll be closer to getting under 300. Slow and steady baby, slow and steady!

I’ve got to pack for Cali this weekend, which includes my suitcase and my carry on. This got me to thinking about travel tips and I wanted to share some things I do, and get feedback on stuff you guys do.

I used to hate flying because I would arrive bloated and grouchy. Then I started talking to frequent flyers and got the skinny on have a successful flight. Oh sure, you could still have delays/turbulence/flight neighbors so annoying they could be from Jersey Shore…but you can’t control everything! πŸ˜‰

I always wear sneakers – flip flops might be good when you have to take your shoes off for security, but they are AWFUL for your feet, and dangerous! I sprained my foot a few years back in the airport wearing flip flops and it was horrible. It took months before I felt better. I travel in yoga pants and a t-shirt with a hoodie for when I get cold/need a pillow. I might not look amazing, but I’m comfortable and I feel great when I land! πŸ™‚ I used to wear jeans, but let’s face it – sitting for that long will leave you with a button indent no matter how loose your jeans might be. Yoga pants seem more breathable and less constricting.

I try to avoid salt for a few days before (nothing like flying while already bloated!). The night before I fly I make sure I get a really good night sleep (when possible!) and use lots of moisturizer. I am also a fan of taking allergy pills for a few days leading up to the trip (I have seasonal allergies and I don’t take Allegra every day, only as needed). This ensures that if I land and something in the air doesn’t agree with me, my sinuses won’t be in total shock.

I also always pack Neutrogena face wipes ( I might be alone here, but planes make my skin feel yucky), hand lotion and a sleep mask. I never wear makeup when I fly, and I try to wear my glasses instead of contacts when possible. I also prefer to fly at night/on the red-eye because then I’ve had all my meals. Sadly during this trip the prices didn’t work out to take night flights. So, I’m leaving Boston at 9am on Tuesday and landing in SF at 12:30/1pm. This means my body will think it’s 3:30/4pm and I will be famooshed (worse than famished!). I plan to pack a banana, some Kind bars and some almonds to hold me over until we can get some food.

Anyone have ideas for portable, non-perishable snacks I can bring?

Flying home we leave SF at 7am (which means we are getting up at 4am…let’s not even talk about how thrilled I am, K?) and landing in Boston at 4pm (damn you jet stream!). This means I will be eating breakfast and lunch on the plane. I’m thinking of packing a peanut butter sandwich for lunch, along with snacks. But, I’m open to any other ideas!

Someone just happened to post this article in my FB news feed and there are some more interesting tips! I wish someone would invent a way to teleport you and your luggage to a destination. Flying is such a pain! πŸ™‚

What things do you guys do ahead of time/in flight to help you feel great when you arrive at your destination?

Have a great weekend everyone!

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5 responses to “Friday the 13th / Travel Tips

  1. Christine says:

    Freeze dried fruit!

  2. Christine Durand says:

    I can’t believe how much your Ebony looks like my sweet Chico… he’s like a perfect twin. I miss him so much still 😦
    snacks ideas: get the Laughing Cow cheese wedges. You have them in Light and they don’t need to be in the fridge. I also like the WW snack multigrain crackers (I find those at my meeting location). Dessert: Applesauce cup with mango or rasberry or/and a tablet of 72% and up of black chocolat… hey you’re on vacation, indulge yourself!
    travel tip: to go along with the dehydration issue buy a large bottle of water after security. might be overpriced but you’ll have water whenever you want on hands without having your tray open to support your plastic cup and turbulence spill.
    Hope you have a nice trip. πŸ™‚

  3. Beth says:

    Please be careful bringing peanut butter on to the plane. People with allergies can have a reaction because the peanuts can get into the air. 😦 That’s why they did away with peanut packets on flights. I was on a flight with a small child whose allergies were so bad they banned ALL peanuts on the flight – even Snickers bars. ANYTHING with peanuts had to be consumed in the terminal or thrown away.

    Having all the allergies I do, I can usually do pretty well on flights. I take dried fruit and seeds, breakfast bars (the gluten-free types), and fruit and/or raw veggies. Usually you can buy salads (or you can get away with a veggie wrap) to eat for lunch on the plane. If the salad doesn’t have meat or a creamy dressing, it can hold a few hours on the plane. Cheese can be questionable, but ymmv. Also protein bars might help get you through the flight until you can get lunch on the ground.

  4. D says:

    Famooshed- HAHA classic.

  5. OMG… I was reading your blog thinking I was flying somewhere as we have some of the same philosophies on flying. I used to wear the exact same outfit every time I flew. Then, I lost weight, couldn’t wear my previous clothes and wore something different. I was miserable. I wore jeans and a shirt, trying to be “cute.” I thought it was because I was so big that I didn’t like jeans and that I wore a sweatshirt to hide the fat (I know, stupid huh). Anyway, I realized that sweatpants or yoga pants as you state are comfortable and allow for ease when I have to use the restroom. Also, planes are always cold so the sweatshirt keeps me warm. I made sure to purchase suitable attire for my trip home and now have a new outfit I travel in. Comfort trumps cute always. Have a safe trip.

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