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Air travel hacks to arrive looking like an Oscar red-carpet star

Air travel can be one of life’s true joys. In the decades since the Boeing “Jumbo” 747 made it feasible for even ordinary folk to affordably travel the world, many millions have been able to do so. We now think little of sitting inside a pressurised metal tube and whizzing across continents, oceans and time-zones, disembarking for a holiday, sports event, wedding or business meeting.

Air travel has never been easier, but some of us still feel the impact of long-haul flight, jet-lag and hours of relative inactivity, especially as modern airliners are able to stay aloft longer than ever. It needn’t be that way.

Serving more than 160 destinations worldwide from its award-winning Doha hub, Hamad International Airport (DOH), Qatar Airways’ crew get to go to lots of places, often. They share some hacks for arriving at your destination looking and feeling like a star on the red carpet at the Oscars.

Hydrate: Unless you live in, say, Chile’s Atacama Desert, the air in a pressurised cabin is generally drier than the air you’d breathe on the ground. Nowadays it’s less of an issue because of the use of space-age materials – such as the carbon composites used in the Boeing 787 Dreamliner operated by Qatar Airways and others – which enable cabins to have more humidity than before. But Qatar Airways crew reckons it is still a good idea to sip plenty of water. For the same reason, applying a little moisturiser can stop your skin from drying out.

Go easy on the martinis, 007: It’s nice to enjoy a drink or two when the seatbelt lights go off and the drinks trolley comes around, or to savour a glass of good wine with your meal. But too much of it can have a dehydrating, diuretic effect, say the Qatar Airways crew. In case you decide on non-alcoholic alternatives: Qatar Airways serves a variety of beverages as part of their welcome drinks, including freshly produced juice, iced tea and coffee, popular cold beverages as well as an interesting variety of mocktails such as pineapple margarita, apple cooler, orangeade, pineapple punch, and spiced tomato with tabasco and a slice of lemon. Feel like a celebration without risking inebriation? Try Le Manoir des Sacres’ So Jennie, a luxurious alcohol-free pale pink sparkling beverage solely made of the finest grapes.

  • Try to sleep: Airline cabins are quieter than ever and conducive to some shut-eye once airborne. A number of airlines now offer lie-flat beds and Qatar Airways crew recommends the airline’s Qsuite cabins, repeatedly voted the World’s Best Business Class offering. Qsuite features a revolutionary business suite design and the world’s first double bed in the class. Even a few hours of sleep can help you feel less groggy when you land.
  • Pack the right kit: Many travellers find that noise-cancelling headphones, eye-masks, neck-pillows and other gizmos work well. It’s worth trying them at least once. Although airlines offer blankets – and in many cases – pyjamas, regular flyers often carry a sweatshirt to cut the chill of the aircraft’s air-conditioning. Some travellers also find that wearing reading-glasses rather than their usual contact-lenses is more comfortable when flying. Granted, it is difficult to remember everything for a trip, especially when it comes to packing amenities for the flight. Qatar Airways provides every Business Class passenger with an amenity kit specially designed by Diptyque to ensure pampering all flight long. From lip balm to hydrating facial mist, anti-aging moisturizer, hand lotion and perfume to a plush set of ultra-comfortable pajamas. The 100% cotton pajama set from The White Company is a favourite amongst frequent travellers, providing a comfortable outfit on a long-haul journey.
  • Freshen up: Depending on which airline and class you’re travelling, you may have access to showers or spa facilities at a transit airport. Hamad International Airport which serves over 50 airlines has a number of its lounges available to layover passengers not traveling first- or business class. You can swim some laps at the Oryx Airport Hotel’s Vitality Wellbeing and Fitness Centre, located at the airport’s South Plaza, near the yellow Lamp Bear or take a steam-bath and even play a game of squash before boarding your flight for the next leg of your journey. The state-of-the-art Hamad International Airport was clearly designed with passenger comfort and convenience in mind. The airport’s South and North Plazas have facilities that offer showers as well as signature services such as table massages, facials and nail care. Many passengers find a massage helps rejuvenate body and soul, and a variety is available at Hamad International Airport.
  • See the light: Long-haul flights that cross one or more time-zones can cause jet-lag, which is a disruption to the body’s circadian rhythms – essentially, your body-clock. Symptoms can vary from mild insomnia and feeling drowsy during the day, to anxiety, headaches and unsettled digestion. Flying from west to east generally triggers more serious symptoms that flying east to west. Qatar Airways crew’s suggested hacks: Spend some time in the sun when you reach your destination. Some countries that have extended periods of winter darkness have “light cafés” or “light lounges” to help alleviate Seasonal Affective Disorder, a depressive condition resulting from lack or exposure to sunlight. Either way, getting some light in your life will help “reset” your body-clock, say the Qatar Airways crew. Hamad International Airport goes above and beyond ‘stress-free’ travelling. Don’t miss out on the ORCHARD, an indoor tropical garden, nestled at the heart of the airport, offering a space to relax, rejuvenate, catch some much-needed sunlight and recharge or stretch out your muscles with a yoga routine.

Incorporating these routines into your travels is likely to help you arrive refreshed and ready to enjoy whatever awaits you, whether it’s a holiday, closing a business deal, contributing to charity projects, or accepting a golden statue.