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Get Outta Town

How to Survive a 14-Hour Flight and Not Lose Your Mind

Get Outta Town BY neha kulsh 08/02/2016

Wray Serna in her go-to travel outfit, after comfortably conquering a 14-hour flight to India.

 

The whole “life is a journey, not a destination” thing starts to ring untrue during hour 12 of a transatlantic flight to India (but hey, who's counting?). Well, unless you’re frequent-flier Wray Serna. “I’m actually terrified of flying, but it’s still always exciting to be on a flight because you’re escaping somewhere!” says the optimistic designer. "Plus, you get to veg out or get a ton of work done—the distractions are minimal.” Ahead, her tips on making the most of wheels-up time.

 

HAVE A SIGNATURE DRINK

“My fear of flying started with on the way from Palm Springs from San Francisco. There was a storm, and we were in a very small plane. So now my doctor actually recommends that I drink a glass of wine to stay calm—I swear! It’s doctor’s orders. I also love Sprite with ice in a cup. I drink this only on planes and no other time, so it feels special.”

 

MOISTURIZE LIKE CRAZY

“I put Smith’s Rose Balm on my lips and face and in my nostrils. I read it prevents you from airborne illnesses. I have no idea if it works, but I like to think so. I also lotion up my hands with Kai moisturizer.”

 

KEEP AESTHETICS IN MIND

“Comfort is pretty important, but I still like to look good, too. I wear one of my own linen jumpsuits because it’s an easy outfit. I don't have to think about it, it’s cozy, and it isn’t sweatpants!”

 

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GET TO WORK

“I set up a mini office on the plane. My carry on suitcase is always full of fabric, tech packs, swatches, designs, my computer—everything! I try to keep everything organized so I can pull it out easily once I’m onboard. I always buy wifi too, and it’s totally worth it. It’s also my chance to check out fashion magazines, like L'Officiel. I love to look at all of the shows and see what other designers are up to.”

 

MOVE IT, MOVE IT

“It’s always an aisle seat for me—I am a frequent pee-er! I try to walk around every two hours or so and stretch my legs and touch my toes while waiting for the bathroom. I like to do a hamstring stretch—I am terrified of feeling out-of-sorts and stiff when I land. I used to take red eyes, but now I will pay extra to avoid them. It’s not worth feeling terrible.”

 

READY YOUR PLAYLIST

“I think Grandaddy is the best flying music. Do people still listen to Grandaddy anymore? I do. I also am into sixties Brazilian music right now, and Bach is really calming on the plane.”

 

KEEP THE AWE ALIVE

“The best thing you can do when things start going wrong is to recognize that you live in a time where we can transport ourselves through the air in a giant machine that takes us a very long distance in a short amount of time. It is amazing—how can you complain about it? We are all so lucky.”

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