In the Air: Wellness + Style + Tech
A couple of months ago you may have read In the Midfield and Pana Brenner's tips for jet setting to Bangkok. With some air travel coming up, we turned back to Pana, our resident travel guru, for her advice on how to fly like a pro, with style and comfort. (Click images for details.)
Trip Prep Wellness: Before a long haul flight I try to catch a Pilates class a day before. I go to Booster Pilates in Zurich where they use the Megaformer™ machine developed by Sebastian Lagree. It's my favorite workout at the moment.
Fitness Gear In My Suitcase: I always pack a TheraBand™ (resistance band) with me. It doesn’t take much space at all and is so versatile. I toss in my normal Nike free run shoes, Lululemon wunderpants, some t-shirts (these can do double duty in case I want to wear them if I don't hit the gym), running shorts and swimwear by Zimmermann and Seafolly.
Apps I Swear By: Whatsapp, Instagram and Line are not necessary travel apps, but I use them every day for staying in touch with family and friends. Before I fly, I download local travel apps for public transport. A good language app that you can speak into and translate with is Say Hi. A must on my phone is WeatherPro. I use Passbook as much as possible for my boarding pass etc. I always check my airline seat on SeatGuru before I book my ticket – always pre-reserve a seat. Oh, and one must not forget Uber! Also, it's not an app, but I have my travel itinerary in PDF form in ibook so it's easily accessible if I have no data roaming or wifi.
Travel Tech: My iPhone 6 is my camera, and my iPad is a space-saving must. I use it for my music, games and books, and it replaces my laptop for trips that are under ten days. If I'm listening to music I love my Bang & Olufsen A8 earphones. But, for a long-haul flight I take Bose SoundLink® on-earBluetooth® headphones. Also, once I'm on the ground, the Lifetron bluetooth speaker produces great sound for such a little device.
In Flight Beauty: I always take some antibacterial hand-wipes while traveling. In term of in-flight beauty, I don't wear foundation before a long-haul flight. If needed, I'll throw on a little concealer and take my compact powder, anti-puffiness eye gel and lipstick with me to freshen up before I land. While I'm in the air, I moisturize: eye gel - Ole Henriksen Truth Is In The Eyes, lip balm (anything organic, no fruity smells) and hand cream - L'Occitane Shea Butter.
Luggage: My carry-on and checked luggage usually coordinate. I have a set of Rimowa Salsa Air; they are light, strong and have zippered partitions in the larger luggage. My carry-on luggage always has four wheels so I can put my handbag on top to wheel it around the airport. The cabin multi-wheel model is particularly well designed because you have easy access to travel documents in an outside zip pocket. I also like the look of the Victorinox Spectra!
Handbag: My handbag is usually medium to large; mostly I travel with a dark handbag. My 32” Black Hermes Birkin goes with everything. The Bottega Veneta Hobo is an easy shoulder bag option. I keep the inside very organized so I will not end up with my hand swimming in my bag for 5 minutes every time I need something.
Fashion: My usual in-flight outfit includes leggings (not too tight) and a long shirt. I also usually have a hoodless cardigan and my shawl. The shawl is so important to keep warm, cover your nose if you encounter unpleasant odors or to shield your entire eyes/head if you want some privacy! For footwear having something easy to slip on and off is important. In the winter, I wear my Jeffrey Campbell ankle flat boots and for the summer I wear Toms. The most important thing is to wear loose fitting clothing to stay comfortable.
Happy travels! #SmartWanderlust
Lead Pic: Flight 001 F1 Seat Pack - $28