Being on a plane got me thinking: I should really share what I do to make it the most comfortable experience ever. I am currently comfortably stretched out on the plane from Singapore to Zurich, Switzerland right now, with 3 pillows and blankets, snacks and plenty of water by my side. The Instagrammers saw it. 👀 Could be worse.
But not everyone is feeling this way on the plane right now, so I thought I’d share my airplane hacks.
  1. 24-48 hours before the flight, I reserve a seat in the back of the plane. The reason being that in the back more often than not there’s many seats still marked as empty/not reserved that are probably going to stay that way. When it’s time to board the plane, I go last. I wait til everyone has boarded and go in. When I make my way to the back of the plane (today it was row 61), I check if there’s any empty rows on the plane (like 3 or even 4 seats empty next to each other). If my chosen seat doesn’t have empty seats next to it, I take my backpack and move to that empty row. Since every passenger has already boarded the plane, the flight attendants will allow it.
    Then I can comfortably stretch out and sleep if I want to. Speaking of sleep
  2. I always try and book an overnight flight. Even when you’re crossing many time zones like I am today, it’s possible. My boarding time for the first flight was 9:45pm, and I will arrive in Zurich at 9am. With the time difference, I’ve got plenty of time on my first flight and on the first half of my second flight to work, listen to podcasts and/or watch movies, and then to sleep. Since now you’ve got that empty row with lots of space for the same price, there won’t be any back pain or strains that are usually attached to long-haul flights. 😉 Also, they will usually turn of the lights on overnight flights. But if they don’t…
  3. I always pack 3 things: A sleeping mask, warm socks, and a pair of huge, comfy sweatpants. Whoever said wearing sweatpants meant having lost control over your life clearly never traveled comfortably (I’m looking at you, Karl Lagerfeld). That is what I pack for a good sleep.
  4. To stay healthy and fresh, I pack: A toothbrush, an empty water bottle, skin moisturizer, lip balm.
    First off: It’s essential to brush your teeth even if you’re in this kind of limbo state over the clouds. The reason I say this is that nobody does it. Or have you previously seen every passenger get up with their toothbrush and make their way to the restrooms? Neither have I.
    Also, being in the air and with the air con blasting means your skin and lips are going to need a lot of hydration and care. Hence the moisturizer and lip balm, but especially the water bottle. I always go with a full water bottle, drink it before security, take it through security, then fill it up at the gate. In South East Asia you will usually find drinking water where you can fill up your bottle, and in most other countries using tap water is perfectly safe.
  5. I reserve a special meal before the flight. You will need to do that at least 48-hours before the flight. For all the vegans: Did you know “vegan vegetarian” is not the only option for us? Options like “Vegetarian Oriental” or “Vegetarian Indian” are often vegan as well or contain eggs but no dairy, and the “Fruit Platter” is obliviously vegan. Having reserved a special meal beforehand also means you get your meal first.

Once you implement all of these 5 tips, your flight experience is going to change, I promise! I will for sure use my own hacks when I move to Barcelona, even if the flight is a short one.
Do you have any special tips when it comes to flying? Leave them down below in a comment!

Happy Friday, loves. x




  1. Tammie
    March 30, 2018 / 9:49 am

    These are truly tips I can use, thank you! 🙏🏻
    As always, your photo is magical! ✨

    • Alexa
      March 30, 2018 / 12:52 pm

      Thank you so much! I’m glad they were helpful ♥️

  2. March 30, 2018 / 10:21 am

    Lieeeebe alle diese tips. Mache es genau so! Richtig gut geschrieben ♥️♥️♥️

    • Alexa
      March 30, 2018 / 12:52 pm

      danke Maus ♥️

  3. Enikő
    March 30, 2018 / 5:08 pm

    Thank you for the great tips! We’re right before a very long flight (from Hungary to Australia) so could use these hacks. 🙂

    • Alexa
      March 30, 2018 / 6:04 pm

      Wow that’s amazing! Are you from Hungary? Have a safe flight and you might be able to implement the tips! ♥️

      • Enikő
        March 30, 2018 / 6:13 pm

        Yes, I’m Hungarian. Going to Australia for one year with Work&Holiday Visa. I’ll use your tips for sure, thank you!! 🙂

  4. May 25, 2018 / 7:07 am

    Dear Alexa
    Thanks for the tip for booking the last row of the plane! Ha ha, that’s really smart:)
    Im a vegetarian also, and I really like that they always serve our meals first, heeeheee ;P And I have a friend who is not a vegetarian told me that now he always book vegetarian meal also on plane because he really thinks it tastes better than the ordinary ones.
    I also got some tricks also for how i hydrate my skin during long flights, hope it’ll be helpful 🙂

    • Alexa
      May 25, 2018 / 4:55 pm

      It’s the best! Room for your legs is essential, and moving on the plane is a great tip, too. Vegetarian / vegan meals are so much better. ♥️

  5. July 3, 2018 / 9:21 pm

    These are really great. The first one is actually pretty clever, I thought about it but never did since I thought it wasn’t allowed.

    • Alexa
      July 24, 2018 / 4:48 pm

      do it!! I’m at the airport right now and doing it again 😃

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