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Ah, the dreaded overnight flight: killer of restfulness, causer of leg cramps, and root of all irrational anger toward your neighbor. (We know, his phlegm-y breathing is basically salt in the wound). Sure, flying overnight gives you more time to enjoy your destination; but between your seatmate’s pulsing earphones and the crying baby onboard, there are a whole lot of variables after takeoff that can determine how you’ll feel once you land.

Luckily, there are a few things you can do to make your trip a little less painful and a little more restful. We asked our staff of seasoned globetrotters how they ensure they’re in their best shape once they touch the ground.

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No Coffee (Maybe All Day) & Stay Hydrated


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“Avoid caffeinated beverages to maximize your ZZZ’s.” — Josee Lindner, digital sales manager

“Most people don’t realize a major cause of tiredness after an overnight flight is dehydration. Keep a large water bottle on you for the flight, and feel free to get up and go to the flight attendant station between food-and-beverage service to fill up.” — Christina Garofalo, managing editor 

Optimize Your Beauty Routine


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“I like to bring green tea extract face wipes, Evian facial spray (it feels so good on my face the next morning!), and Origins GinZing energizing moisturizer.” — Briana Zagami, promotions and special projects coordinator

“I always bring along a tube of bright lipstick. No matter how tired you are upon arrival, it makes you look a little more alive. ” — Laura Motta, director of publishing

“An overnight face mask, like this brightening one from Amarte Skincare skin (Apply it before you sleep; it does not need to be rinsed off), and face wipes for the morning. It’s basically an overnight facial with TSA-approved products, and it almost feels luxurious — even in coach.” — Anne Roderique-Jones, contributing editor

“Before landing, I pop into the bathroom and use dry shampoo, which makes my hair bouncy again — like I’ve just showered and blow dried my hair.” — Christina Garofalo, managing editor

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 Pick the Right Seat & Go Incognito

“Work really hard to get upgraded to Business Class.” — David Steward, CEO and president

“I make sure I get a window seat, and pack a hat in case my hair is messed up from sleeping against the window. Also, sunglasses for when I land.” — Jaymie DeGaetano, deals production manager

BYOB(lanket)

“I like to bring my own blanket, mainly because I know it is clean! But I also know it won’t make me itchy, and if you have a long layover, it’s nice to curl up with in the airport lounge. I often travel with my kids, so it helps a lot for them to have something from home with a familiar smell but that is still functional.” — Gloria Collett, western sales representative

 

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Take a Decongestant

“Even if you aren’t prone to allergies, the recycled air, freezing AC, germs, and cabin pressure are primed to make you stuffy when you land. Take a decongestant before you fall asleep and you’ll dodge the stuffy nose when you land.” — Christina Garofalo, managing editor

Keep It Comfy

“I feel more comfortable when I drape a sweater over myself instead of wearing it because it can be a bit of a hassle to take off a sweater or hoodie if you’re wearing it the normal way.” — Christine Dayao, contributing editor

“I like to wear very comfortable clothes whenever I have to travel. Basically, no jeans. Looser fitting clothing is ideal. — Tammy Lau, associate email producer

“A warm oversized hoodie can double as a pillow and a blanket, because the hood can be used as a neck pillow when you’re not wearing it.” — Sonia Bramwell, product director

“Wear sandals on the plane, and pack a pair of socks to put on during the flight. It’s great way to keep warm and have footwear flexibility… though, not a great way to get upgraded” — Laura Motta, director of publishing

“A neck pillow and noise-cancelling headphones to help you sleep.” — Scot Gale, account executive and strategist

 

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Time Your Meals & Pack (the Right) Snacks

“Eat in the terminal, and take a sleeping pill right after you board. Skipping the meal service lets you maximize your sleeping time.” — David Steward, CEO and president

“Snack bars, cereal bars, crackers, nuts or even cookies… Bring any dry foods you can easily pack away in your purse.” — Tammy Lau, associate email producer

“I like packing fresh fruit as a snack, because it hydrates you in addition to filling you up.” — Christina Garofalo, managing editor

Caffeinate Upon Arrival

“If I’m flying to another country overnight, I try to have a little bit of the foreign currency on me before I arrive — so I can buy coffee at the airport.” — Laura Motta, director of publishing 

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