When it comes to the shit I’m carrying on the plane I want to bring as little as possible. When I was living abroad I had the tendency to carry half my luggage in my carry-on because I am an anxious little bunny. Nowadays, I’m groovy as long as my wallet, passport, laptop, and phone are on my person.
Traveling with PCOS comes with it’s own type of baggage. I’m having to plan out each snack and meal, then back ups. Don’t get me started on airplane food. Overall, I don’t mind it, but it’s mostly reheated, overly processed food which will not only send my sugar levels rising and me crashing later on, but I won’t feel full no matter what I do. It’s essential for me to keep not only my skin hydrated, but my body hydrated. I know it might seem strange, but I keep a few tea bags of herbal tea with me and ask for hot water when the flight attendants come around. It not only gives a little comfort to an uncomfortable situation, but it keeps me hydrated while also feeding some nutrients to my body. I like taking spearmint and a green tea with turmeric - both are extremely beneficial for those with PCOS. The spearmint can help balance your blood sugar a bit while you’re on that weird eating schedule, and the turmeric is a natural anti inflammatory agent that will help with digestion.
When it comes to snacks I lean towards fats and proteins. I would love to say I take nuts and trail mix, but that’s not true. If you’re a good person and are better at staying healthy, then good on ya. Get that fruit and nut mix. For me, I’ll stick to peanut butter and apples, usually some kind of dark chocolate (I mean come on.. You’re in a flying metal bird. Gotta have chocolate), and usually a protein box from starbucks. I love hard-boiled eggs with some salt and pepper and chewy bread.
I try not to drink too much caffeine while I’m flying because it’ll make me poop (gross I know, but I hate pooping on planes) and it dehydrates me too quickly. I’ll have green tea halfway through my journey, but I have to be sure to map out my sleeping schedule too.
This is what I mean when I say traveling with PCOS has it’s own kind of baggage and struggles. We have such a delicate system that we have to maintain some kind of consistency with stress, sleeping, and eating. Keeping yourself hydrated is a key factor in this case, but also making sure you’re not pushing your stress levels up too much. That can encourage a blood sugar drop and start a whole anxiety attack. It ain’t fun.
So, to break it down, this is what I’d take:
Reusable water bottle (if you can get an insulated one for hot and cold drinks it’ll help in the long run). I take mine empty and fill it up after I cross security, or hand it to the flight attendant with my seat number when I board the plane.
Bag of nuts mixed with fruit, or small dark chocolate pieces.
Herbal tea bags
Peanut butter (almond butter) - I like those Justin’s packets
Some kind of fruit. I like apples since they’re sturdy and won’t get squished too easily.
I like to keep myself clean and semi decent on the plane. I don’t like looking like a slob when I’m traveling and I don’t like feeling like a crusty creature when I land in a new place. I love taking water wipes, or feminine wipes when I travel. They’re both perfect for a quick “shower” to help you feel a little lighter and brighter! I take on basic make up if I can. I love It Cosmetics CC+ foundation because of the intense hydration, and some mascara and eyeliner, so I look a little less grey. If I’m fancy I’ll sneak in my bronzer for a little warming up.
Here is my list of necessities:
An extreme moisturizer
Hand lotion ( I like something that has a calming scent - Aveda has a few soft scents that I won’t knock your neighbors out.)
Basic make-up for landing
Dry shampoo or a texturizing spray
Scarf (I like the big blanket ones)
My last time would be to ask for a hot moist towel when on your last flight to rehydrate your sinuses and pores. It’s perfect right before you put on moisturizer before you settle in for a long sleep, or right before you put on your makeup. A flight attendant told me about this on one of my long haul flights. She said to hold it under your nose breathe in the steam and moisture from the towel. If they don’t offer that kind of service a cup of hot water (herbal tea) will do the same trick. It helps reset your body from breathing in that recycled air for hours.