Travel Tip Tuesday: Tips From BubbleBum CEO, Grainne Kelly

Travel Tip Tuesday- Tips from Our Travel Experts!

Happy Tuesday AirPretty travelers! Every Tuesday we offer you some helpful travel tips from our community of travel experts. Share your tips in the comments below and you might be featured as one of our AirPretty Travel Experts on Travel Tip Tuesday!

Here are some tips from Grainne Kelly, travel expert, former travel agent, child passenger safety technician, and inventor of BubbleBum:

Grainne Kelly, CEO of Bubblebum is AirPretty

One time my suitcase was lost when I traveled to China. With size 10 feet and size 8 clothes, it was extremely difficult to find items to wear in the Chinese stores that cater their sizes to the common Asian physiques. I begged store owners to check in the back of the store for the biggest underwear they had. No luck with shoes though- I had to accept that I’d never find shoes that fit.

Now I wear loose-fitting, smart attire when traveling so I know I will have to have something to fall back on. I bring my biggest wrap if I am flying coach to make me comfortable. Plus, I always have earplugs, as there’s sure to be an unsettled baby on the flight with sore ears.

Jet lag is the biggest killer for me. When I fly to Vegas there is an 8-hour time difference for me so I try to be ready for bed at 2pm. Herbal sleep aid also helps me get straight into the time zone.

In flight, I set my watch immediately and try not to eat unless it is mealtime in my final destination. If it is sleep time in my final destination, I try to sleep. Water is essential! I drink one cup of water for every hour of the flight and very rarely have any alcohol in flight, as I hate to arrive dehydrated.

No one arrives at their destination feeling anything other than gross, having slept in a seat that thousands of others have slept and sweated in before you. I bring a little pump dispenser spray with a mixture of alcohol, water, and my favorite essential oils. Spraying it on the seat makes me feel better with the familiar smell and the antibacterial oils kill some airborne bugs.

Finally, I always bring a really strong face cream and apply regularly. All I wear on my face when flying is mascara and maybe a little blush and lip balm.

Don’t forget to share your tips in the comments below for a chance to be featured as one of our AirPretty Travel Experts on Travel Tip Tuesday! Check back next Tuesday for more helpful travel tips!

Travel Tip Tuesday: Tips From SmarTours CEO, Greg Geronemus

Travel Tip Tuesday- Tips from Our Travel Experts!

Happy Tuesday AirPretty travelers! Every Tuesday we offer you some helpful travel tips from our community of travel experts. Share your tips in the comments below and you might be featured as one of our AirPretty Travel Experts on Travel Tip Tuesday!

Here are some tips from Greg Geronemus, co-CEO of smarTours, a guided tour company based in New York City:

Airplane Window1. Try to reserve a window seat so you can rest your head on the side of the plane. It’s easier than trying to fall asleep sitting upright and you can control your light exposure. Try using a blanket, pillow, jacket, or scarf as a cushion against the side of the plane.

2. In a crowded plane at 38,000 feet in the air, you don’t want to be dealing with tight, constricting seams, itchy fabric, or clothes that keep you too cold or too hot. Bring clothes that are comfortable and easy to layer.

3. Try not to cross your legs. When you cross your legs, you restrict blood flow and increase your chances of a blood clot or back pain.

4. Recline you seat. Reclining your chair will help ease some of the pressure on your lower spine.

5. Skip alcohol. Booze won’t help you sleep soundly despite popular belief. In addition, it will increase the need to use the on board lavatory and will dehydrate you.

6. Eat light. Overeating or having fatty foods might make you feel uncomfortable and make it harder to sleep. Ask the flight attendants for the lighter or vegetarian meal, or stick to high protein, lean snacks.

7. Finally, buckle your seat belt over your blanket or sweater, not under it. That way, the flight attendant can see that you’re buckled up and won’t wake you if there’s turbulence.

Don’t forget to share your tips in the comments below for a chance to be featured as one of our AirPretty Travel Experts on Travel Tip Tuesday! Check back next Tuesday for more helpful travel tips!

Airport Struggles and the Birth of AirPretty

With the vision of helping female jetsetters feel and look great while they are traveling, I share my ideas with practically anyone who will listen. The feedback AirPretty has received has been overwhelmingly positive, and the most common thing I hear is “I NEED this!! When can I buy it!?” Well, keep calm ladies, we’re well on our way and will be offering some great products to keep you feeling AirPretty in the next couple months!

The second thing I hear from people is “what made you come up with this idea?” I’ll answer this by telling you a story that I’m sure most of you can relate to. The circumstances of my trip may vary from your own, but the main issues are pretty common. Let me know if you’ve ever been in a similar situation:

(This was during our layover in Dallas-smiling for the camera, but not smiling on the inside!)
(This was during our layover in Dallas after a delayed flight-I’m smiling for the camera, but not smiling on the inside!)

My guy and I are en route to visit his mom in Destin, FL. (Mind you, this is my first time meeting his mom, so I want to make a great impression.) We take a flight from LAX, connecting through Dallas, TX, and arriving in Destin, FL. Throw in some delays and what should have been a 7.5 hour trip turns into a 15 hour trip.

Of course, I got zero sleep on the plane because, well, who can actually sleep on an airplane? My neck is sore from trying to get some rest and having my neck at a 90 degree angle on my guy’s shoulder. Recirculated cabin air has made my eyes puffy and red, and my lips dry and flaky. Meanwhile my hair is oily and floating with static. My hands are cold and dry, my nose is running, and my makeup has completely lost its lustre, leaving me feeling and looking less than beautiful.

At this point, I’m not a happy camper, but I’m holding it together.

Upon exiting the plane, I take my bag and bee-line to the restroom to freshen up. I splash the cold water on my face, use a rough paper towel to wipe the runny makeup off my face, reapply my makeup, comb my hair, and head for the exit. Before leaving the bathroom I realize I forgot to apply the bug spray, so I reach into the blue Hudson News store bag where I had bought a tiny bottle of bug spray (for which we had paid an outrageous amount of money), and lather myself in it. The spray burned by eyes, my nostrils, and was spicy and bitter on my lips, my skin had an oily sheen to it, and at this point, I felt defeated

I exit the restroom to find my guy holding back a laugh. It turns out that the blue ink from the Hudson News bag had run from the bug spray, and was now smudged all over my hands, arms, and face. I looked like a member of the Blue Man Group and THIS is how I had to meet his family for the first time.

To make a long story short, I realized that things needed to change. Women shouldn’t have to feel awful on and after a flight, and they shouldn’t have to compromise their outer beauty just because of unfavorable conditions of air travel. So ladies, AirPretty is selfishly being created because I needed a solution, but I’m thrilled to be able to share it with all of you who can relate to my story in one way or another. Stay tuned for more updates!