The art of the airplane/airport refresh.

How often do you think about health and wellness while traveling? Probably not often, huh. Me neither. It’s something I still have to force until it becomes habit. So, as a first post in our Travel Health and Wellness series, we’re going to start simple and talk about refreshing during transit days.

Once we’re all able to travel again, we’re going to travel hard and far. Your body needs extra hydration, self care, and spot cleaning after a long-haul flight. If you have time, a little refresh in the airport bathroom helps you feel like a human again, and boosts your confidence and alertness. Having the following items on hand helps me feel refreshed before meeting other people, or if I have a long way to go before I can rest. The list of stuff below may seem like a lot to haul around, but trust me that all of this–plus a laptop, a book, snacks, and other crap–fits with room to spare in my medium-sized personal item/purse…and the whole routine can be done in less than 5 minutes:

  • Sanitize: This one won’t be going away anytime soon. Wash your hands with soap and water as soon as you get off the plane. Get your wrists. Get in between your fingers and around jewelry. A quick sanitizer wipe down may help, even if it only helps ease your mind… everyone has their own comfort zone right now: face, neck, arms, any exposed skin, a quick wipe over hair.
  • Water: Either before or after your routine, fill your water bottle and drink as much of it as you are able to. The air in an airplane cabin is very low humidity due to the filtration system. It’s going to take awhile for your body to recover from that, so get on top of it.
  • Teeth: I am a big dental hygiene fan and always keep my toothbrush and floss accessible. If your tooth stuff has to go in your checked bag, and if you’re ok with the occasional disposable product, floss sticks or Colgate Wisp™ disposable mini toothbrushes (which include toothpaste) are small options that can fit in your pocket or in your personal item.
  • Hair: A mini hairbrush plus a few bobby pins or a hair tie helps get my unruly hair back in order.
  • Eyes: Hydrating eye drops and/or glasses cleaner make a big difference. If you have neither, doing a super quick face and eye wash can help wash oil and ick out of your eyes, and help you feel more refreshed. If you don’t have glasses cleaner, hand soap and water does the trick for removing film from glasses, helping you see better and feel more awake and alert and less grimy.
  • Funky bits: Deodorant wipes and wet wipes (usually for babies but great for adults!) are awesome for when you’re in between showers.
  • Dry skin and lips: Chapstick, and a quick dollop from a travel-sized moisturizer over your face, neck, and backs of hands helps you feel less like an alligator.
  • Optional makeup: Quickly touching up with a concealer under your eyes and on any problem spots, along with a swipe of lip balm, helps me feel more presentable.
  • Glow-up: I put my jewelry and watch back on if I’d removed them to go through security. I sometimes swap out my shirt or throw on a scarf or kimono, or swap my yoga pants for jeans….anything that helps me feel more put-together and fresh.

What’s your favorite refresh hack? Let us know!

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