I have traveled long haul multiple times; for years, since I was a little girl, but for some reason, as I get older, I find it harder and harder. I didn’t really know what to except when it came to traveling six months pregnant; so here I am writing you a little bit of a summary of how I felt after an 11hr flight.
Whether you like it or not, the washroom will be your best friend. It was always a huge burden for me to go to the washroom on planes because they’re so filthy and disgusting and I feel shitty after going in there. However, no matter what you do, pregnancy will not allow you otherwise. I ended up going, no joke, every hour to the loo, which was not such a pleasant experience. A girl’s gotta do what she’s gotta do I guess. So here’s my advice to you, be prepared; prepare your supplies…get a toiletry bag and fill it with wipes, hand disinfectant and your own soap (dramatic I know, but trust me, you need it). Anything that makes you feel fresh will be a bonus to keep in your bag. Also, a fresh pair of undies, in case of emergency, also helps.
DRYNESS; DRY EVERYTHING
Second thing I really struggled with and wish I had thought of was having a super super dry nose, gosh, that one is a killer! I already, slightly, before traveling, suffered of a dry bloody nose, but I didn’t think it would be a huge issue on this flight. I struggled for most of the flight and just ended up wetting my nose whenever I felt like I couldn’t handle it anymore. One thing you can get to ease your dryness is a nose spray like HydraSense and this should do it.
You’ll basically be a walking cactus! I know I was before traveling and during the flight, I suffered quite a lot…not the greatest feeling being dry. However, for that I was fully prepared. I had a facial spray, a face moisturizer and a body lotion. These were essentials that I knew I needed to pack and they helped ease my dryness quite a lot and I felt pretty content with what I had packed. Another thing, don’t forget the eyeballs ladies! Your eyes will be desert dry the minute you’re up in the air. So make sure you pack up some eye drops with you because you’ll need it.
Yes, the plane gives you food…but I don’t like it much and it isn’t a lot of food anyway. One thing I know for sure is that I get hungry quite often. Eating little baby sized meals is the way it will be for the next few months and so snacking is super essential. So before getting on the plane, get snacks! Pack everything and anything that will keep your stomach happy. I ended up packing energy bars, mixed nuts and some chopped veggies.
Overall, it was an okay experience…I usually get super tired on long haul flights and end up taking sleeping pills to sleep it off…but since this wasn’t an option for me this time around. I ended up dozing off for a little on and off during the flight, walked around a little and watched movies to make the time pass. It is necessary not to obsess with the time and keep checking it because it just makes things worst. Just stay positive and keep yourself entertained and you’ll see that in no time, you’ll get to your destination safely!