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Posts Tagged ‘Emergen-C’

Being fabulous in flight is all about the amenities...

It’s holiday time and many of you are no doubt traveling quite some distance to see friends and family. Whether you like flying or not (and I happen to love it), there are a few simple, easy, but effective measures I encourage to assist you on your way, making it just that bit more comfortable, and also ensuring you don’t arrive looking wrinkled, dirty and exhausted.

I have flown back and forth to the UK in the last few years more times than I have fingers and toes, and the few details I work in to my plan always ensure I have a relaxing and enjoyable flight.

1. Blag it

Some call it gift of the gab, I call it being proactive. This has worked for me in getting an upgrade a few times, so it’s worth a try. Enroll in the frequent flier program before you fly, and at check-in – try to speak to a real person, not a machine – tell them you are a bad, nervous or sick flier. (It’s not lying in my case, it’s a minor extension of the truth.) No airline wants a sick passenger, so the least you should get is your window or aisle preference, and you might just be fortunate enough for an upgrade.

2. Multivitamins

While it may sound obvious, I cannot stress this enough. Jet-lag, dirty hands, airports, airplanes and the overall number of people you are likely to come into contact with en-route, does not make for a happy immune system. Fire it up with Airborne, Emergen-C, or Berocca, (all contain large doses of vitamin C). The trick is to take it consistently, not just once or twice. Drink one three times a day, or every four hours the day before you travel, the day of travel, and the day you land. It might sound like a lot, but in my experience it’s foolproof.

3. Lip balm

The air conditioning on the plane can make your lips dry and crack, so make sure you have ample amounts of this. I carry a small tin of Vaseline or Rosebud Salve from Sephora. Both of these work well for lips, the inside of your nose, your elbows, hands… helpful all-round.

4. Hand Sanitizer

Airports are a germ-breeding ground so this will come in handy if you can’t get to a bathroom easily to wash your hands in the airport or on the plane.

5. Underwear

I don’t want to get too personal here, but do not underestimate the benefits of having a spare pair of underwear and socks. Enough said.

6. Make up and Face Wipes

Your skin can suffer terribly when traveling, so it’s vital you keep your face clean. A small Ziploc bag of face wipes will help to clean and moisturize your face, and are easy to carry. If the entire contents of your make-up bag are too much for the small plastic bag, just go with the necessities. Sample-size products from Clinique or Lancome gift-time are great, the mascaras are perfect, and Bare Escentuals foundation won’t clog your pores. Put on make-up right before you land and keep it simple. Heavy make-up on a tired or blotchy face never looks good. Foundation, a little blush, mascara, your trusty lip balm and you’re good to go. Clean, fresh and natural.

I swear by this tea and always drink it when I’m flying. Sleeping pills are fine as long as you know you can actually sleep. But if for some reason you can’t, you could end up at your destination feeling drowsy and disorientated. This relaxing tea is all herbal, it will make you feel relaxed and a little sleepy, without any drowsy side-effects. I get mine from my local Asian market where they have a wide variety of teas.

8. Eye mask

Of course it will block out light, but a silk eye mask will also help to avoid redness and puffiness around the eye, and it feels fabulous next to your skin. They have some nice inexpensive ones at Target.

9. Sweatpants, and a Blanket or Hoodie

While you may not want to carry much, I would suggest a warm sweater or blanket, and some light sweatpants. If the air conditioning is low on the plane it can get cold and if you’re not flying international you are not guaranteed a blanket. I have a $20 pair of sweatpants from Old Navy that I only use when I’m traveling, I change into them just before I get on the plane. Sitting in jeans can get uncomfortable after a while, and everything else just gets horribly creased. 

Pricey, but very comfortable and great at blocking out airplane noises. Well worth the investment. Or at least putting on your Christmas list….

Bon Voyage, and Happy Holidays!

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You can still have fun when you're sick...

I knew it was coming: working around the clock towards a looming ship date, taking BART downtown amidst an plague train full of working class heroes hacking away, and that telltale tickle at the back of my throat. Uh-oh! There’s nothing like San Francisco weather to confuse the body: 80 degrees on a Tuesday and Dolores Park is full of scantily clad sun worshipers soaking up daylight before plunging into permanent midnight  (we get maybe 10 days of sunshine a year). The following day, the temperature drops 40 degrees, the fog rolls in, and everyone gets immediately sick.

Halloween in SF is akin to St. Patrick’s Day in Dublin, or Carnevale in Brazil. It’s a bit of a production (and on the heels of Burning Man no less): costumes at work, drinking at lunch, a bit of a bacchanal. And how about them Giants? World Series contenders! SF is on fire with hope and possibilities. SF is ready to  party like it’s 2099. But the problem is, everyone’s fever and throat is on fire too: its flu season. And it being Thursday, that gives everyone exactly 1.5 days to get well by Saturday night. But you can heal up and have fun concurrently, so pay attention….

Here’s a little kitchen sink recipe that I swear by, but you have to just trust in the process, and follow orders. The goal: to be able to wear your sexy [insert] witch, nurse, police, fireman costume this Halloween, sneeze free. On that note, it’s my pleasure to share this vitamin C whiskey bomb that will scare the germs right out of you. BOO!

Emergen-C Whiskey Elixir

1. Run a tub, as hot as you can possibly stand.

2. Put on whatever music makes you very, very, very sleepy.

3. Turn off your Blackberry, mobile devices, laptop, TV and wall phone (that goes for all you SF app developers!).

4. Boil water and squeeze 2 or 3 ripe lemons into a coffee cup.

5. Put in 1-2 Emergen-C lite 1000 mg. Vitamin C and Glucosomine packets of powder.

6. Put a teaspoon of Marshall’s raw, unfiltered honey (or any honey you have, honey).

7. Put in two gigantic slices of raw ginger.

8. Pour boiling water over it all and stir. Fill 3/4 of the cup with boiling water.

9. Check the tub.

10. Grab a bottle of any brown liquor you have, (I like Jameson, but Dewars, Makers Mark or any scotch, or bourbon whiskey will do the trick) and pour a healthy shot into the mug.

Note: a quotable quote from one of my uncles, regarding medicinal tea: “kid, beer dehydrates you, but whiskey kills things!”

11. Check the volume of the John Coltrane CD you put on.

12. Sink into the tub, put your nose and mouth over the steaming cup and breathe in, then take a sip. Yum! Finish the entire mug, and enjoy a heady mix of citrus, ginger, and peat infused Irish whiskey.

13. Slather Vicks Vapo-rub all over your chest, put on your flannels, get into bed, pile on the blankets, wake up the next day, and BOO! You are almost ready for that Lady Gaga get up and a very late night.

Happy Halloween!

Feature photo by JasonRogers. Photo above by digiyesica.

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