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Back in the USA | Do's & Dont's to surviving a 14 hour plane ride

Happy Wednesday friends!! It is so good to be back home and getting back into the swing of things!! While vacations are fun - home is home! We made our way back from Dubai yesterday and I'm quickly readjusting to being back again!! While I'll have the recaps from our trip up soon (one tomorrow), I wanted to share a few Do's and Dont's for surviving a 14 hour plane ride! 
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Do wear comfortable clothes. This might seem like a no-brainer, but I cant tell you how many people I saw in really heavy clothes. It makes sitting for that long of a time period just unbearable! 

Do wear easy slip on shoes. Along the same lines, going through security you'll have to take your shoes off and you'll want to do the same on the plane. The espadrilles I purchased before my trip were amazing!! Not only were they light, but they were incredibly comfortable and withstood multiple 17,000 step days!! Don't forget your socks in case your feet get cold! 

Don't forget the Evian spray. I've said it before and Ill say it again, evian facial mist is the best thing ever!! Not only does it give you the little jolt you need to either stay awake or freshen up before landing, but it's perfect for extremely hot destinations! Once you land indulge in a quick sheet mask to re-hydrate your skin. I used this one and it worked like a charm! 

Do purchase noise cancelling headphones. There will be babies, there will be loud people, there will just plain be a lot of noise. I'm so glad I purchased these headphones before our trip - they totally cancelled out all the noises when I went to sleep!

Do watch the free entertainment. We flew Emirate Airlines for all the legs of this trips and they are a superb airline - although their carry-on policy is worse than most domestic carriers, but we made do. With over 1200 entertainment options, including lots of new movies, it made the 14 hours go by a bit faster, even if we didn't have the luxurious first class cabins. If there was a movie that we both wanted to see, we'd start it at the same time and watch together. For all the chick flick movies he didn't want to see, I was able to freely watch! Here's a PSA - skip Before we Go & It's already tomorrow in Hong Kong - terrible! 
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Don't forget plenty of reading material. Before I left I mentioned the Texture app and it was awesome! I downloaded about 10 different magazines to have on my iPad and once they are on your device downloaded you don't need wifi to read them. Along the same lines, I had about 4 books downloaded and was able to get through Me Before You on the plane! Loved it and can't wait for the movie! 

Do bring your own snacks. Even though we were served two meals on each of the 14 hour flights, we got hungry in between and it was all the little snacks we packed that saved us! 

Don't forget to stand as often as possible. Sitting down for such long periods is hard not only on your butt, but your back too! Wiggle those feet and stretch as much as possible! 

Chances are if you're flying for that long of a period of time, you're flying internationally so don't forget a pen to fill out your customs forms! 

So those are a just a few of my do's and dont's - what are some of yours?

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  1. Welcome home!! All great tips girl! I can't even imagine a 14 hour flight, ugh. When I went to Hawaii I started to go stir crazy so I feel like to Dubai... no way. LOL! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

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  2. Don't drink too much wine pre-flight :) You will wake up mid-way through and feeling a little hungover on the plane when you know there is no end in sight is really not fun! Not speaking from experience or anything....

    Christina :: Simple and Delish

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  3. First can I saw WELCOME HOME beautiful!! I agree with every single one of these and wow, that's a lot of plane entertainment options. I am saving this because it's so nice to have this checklist for travel right in front of you! I hope you're adjusting back into the swing things superbly and we are also excited to hear your recaps coming up!

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  4. Welcome back!!!! I cannot wait to hear about your travels!!! All these sound like great tips for flying that long flight! Definitely going to tuck these away for possible future use.

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  5. WELCOME BACK, BEAUTIFUL! WE missed you so much! Can't wait for a full recap!

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  6. Welcome back! The trip looked like so much fun--loved seeing the pics and videos while you were there but can't wait to hear about it all in detail! Love all of your essentials here. So glad you were able to read Me Before You and like it! Glad I have someone else to talk about it, and the movie, with! :)

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  7. Great tips, and welcome back! I cannot wait to see your trip recaps because I am sure you had an amazing time!
    xo, Whitney and Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod

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  8. Welcome back home ! I agree it's always fun to travel and getaway BUT being back home is always awesome :)) Happy Wednesday !

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  9. these are all the best tips! agree with every one :)
    so great you went to dubai, i can't wait to hear all about it!

    xox welltraveledwife.com

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  10. Welcome back Biana!! These are great tips. It's an 8 hour flight to Poland and so I'm used to longer flights. Reading, snacks, and standing occasionally are all must haves!!

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  11. Welcome back lady!!! I'm sure that sleeping in your own bed felt amazing!!And see I told you that you'd survive the long flight! haha. :-) Those are great tips too!! Can't wait to hear all about your trip and I hope that you have a great day today. :-)

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  12. Welcome back!! Packing my own snacks has saved me on long flights before (especially when I went to Tokyo) and I always bring socks, even on the short ones - so much more comfortable than shoes!

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  13. Welcome home! I can't wait to hear about your trip! Long flights like this are really rough but these are all great suggestions! If I had to add anything, I would say a good pair of compression socks. I know they sound like old folks but my feet swell really bad anytime I'm in the air that long and the socks help with blood flow!

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  14. Welcome back lady!! These are all great tips. I’ve been looking for a good pair of noise canceling headphones and love that those are under $100!

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  15. Welcome back love! These are awesome travel tips! Glad to hear you loved Me Before You--that is next on my reading list!

    www.rosyoutlookblog.com

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  16. I'm a big proponent of trying to sleep on destination time, so bring your sleep aids, masks, toothbrush... and try and get some zzzz's on the normal schedule. It will help beat jet lag!!

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  17. Welcome back! When we flew to Europe there were periods of the flight when I thought we would never land! I was very happy they had some good movie options! Love these tips!

    Zelle
    Southern Style

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  18. Welcome back gurlie! A big huge yessss to all of these! Especially the noise cancelling headphones, comfy clothes, and the Evian spray. I always feel so gross after a long transcontinental flight, so being able to quickly refresh is amazing <3
    Green Fashionista

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  19. Great tips....great post...loved it...
    xoxo, Neha

    http://www.theinstylejournal.com

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  20. Can't wait to hear all about your trip! Yes to the movies all day and night. That is the only way we survived coming back from Greece, I think I watched like 6 movies on the way home!

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  21. Welcome back!! Can't wait to see all of your pictures! xx

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  22. 14 hours on a plane oh my gosh! I did 5 hours recently and I was soo restless! cannot wait to see more pictures from your trip! Xo

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  23. those are all great tips! wouldn't change a thing. i had my evian spray on my last trip and it's like heaven in a can. and noise cancelling headphones - once you have them you cannot live without them! so key :) can't wait for recaps!

    xoxo cheshire kat

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  24. Welcome back! Looks like you had a great trip from all the Snaps! These are some great tips. I don't know how you did 14 hours on a plane! I start to get crazy when we fly to the West coast and that's only like 5! haha

    xo, Rachel
    A Blonde's Moment

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  25. Emirates really is the best airline. Did you know they repaint their airplanes annually so they always look new? Random fact, I know. I can't wait to hear more about the trip. Loved all your snaps! And yes to comfortable everything and lots of snacks and water.

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  26. Welcome back, lovey!!! 14 hours. Wowza!! Great tips (although mine would also include an elixir of tylenol pm, water, and a glass of wine!). LOL. Catch up on your zzz's and can't wait to hear all about the trip! Make today work, Rachel -CubicleCouture

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  27. How adorable is that passport cover!!! Welcome back to the USA! Looks like you had a seriously amazing trip!
    xoxo,Victoria
    www.coffeeandablonde.blogspot.com

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  28. Welcome Back!! These are such great tips. All your snaps were great! Looking forward to hearing all about your trip. Hope the jet lag isn't too bad.

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  29. That's such a long flight! I barely survived one to Hawaii!
    ~~Megan~~
    http://www.poshprime.com

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  30. Welcome home! Those are such great tips. I cannot wait to hear about your trip - I'm sure y'all had a blast!

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  31. YIPEEE - you're back!!!
    I cant even imagine being on a plane that long - but sounds like you went into it so prepared! I'd be bouncing off the walls in that small of an area for that long.
    I get that way sitting at my desk for 10 hours a day :) haha... which reminds me, I want some Evian spray to spritz on my face every day!!!

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  32. 14 hours is a longgg plane ride! These are all great tips! Can't wait to read about your trip!

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  33. Yes the pen! They never have enough to go around! So glad you had fun, home is definitely home! Xo

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  34. I'm so excited to read about your experience in Dubai! I've seen a lot of pics and it's so beautiful there. This post was incredibly helpful for me because I've never flown for that many hours before, so now I know what to do to help make the time that more manageable! I need to get a pair of good slip ons because it can be so annoying taking sneakers on and off. I also liked the you mentioned a pen for the forms because the first time we flew internationally, we didn't have one! Such a helpful post and I look forward to tomorrow's! Have a wonderful day, beautiful, and thanks again for sharing!

    XO,

    Jalisa
    www.thestylecontour.com

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  35. Great tips and that face mask is my favorite one by the way.
    http://makingrestorations.blogspot.com

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  36. SO glad you are back safely and can't wait to hear all the details of your travel!! I always bring a little notebook with me too, that way as I have post ideas for the blog I can jot them down our outline things I want to explore :)

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  37. Glad you are back home safely!! I can't wait to hear all about your trip, from your insta pictures, looks like you had a fabulous time!! These are some great tips! I can't even begin to imagine sitting in a plane for 14 hours.
    xo, Lily
    beautywithlily.com

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  38. Yess~~!! This post is so perfect for me. Adding Evian spray and a sheet mask to my list. I'm jealous you flew Eremites. I love their latest commercial with Jennifer Anniston.

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  39. It always cracks me up when I see people either really dressed up or wearing super heavy clothes on a flight. It's got to be SO UNCOMFORTABLE! I'm all about the yoga pants & flip flops when I travel. Excited to read about your trip!

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  40. Welcome back!! I loved following along on Insta and Snapchat! Can't wait to read about your trip! Great tips for enduring on a 14 hour plan ride. I don't see one of those in my future with four kids lol!

    Taffeta & Tulips

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  41. Yay you're back! Can't wait to read your recaps on this amazing trip. Loved these tips--Yes to all of them!
    Sarah at MeetTheShaneyfelts

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  42. Glad you're back, I can't wait to hear more about your trip-- all of your snaps looked like the trip of a lifetime! Love all of these tips!

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  43. Welcome back! Can;t wait to hear about the trip! I have only done a long flight to and from Paris which wasn't that long, but I wish I would have walked around more and drank less, I was so hungover and tired when I got there!

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  44. Wonderful travel tips!! Great to have you back!
    Kisses,
    Sarah
    EverydayStarlet

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  45. All great ideas!! Glad you all made it home safe!! Can't wait to hear about your trip :)
    Kelsey
    www.thepeacockroost.com

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  46. These are really great trips. The longest flight I've ever been on was only 7 hours, and I thought that was long. Having an eye mask really helped me sleep since I need full darkness to rest!

    Fizz and Frosting

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  47. Welcome back, Biana! I totally agree with all of these. Noise cancelling headphones/earplugs are a must! Reading material, getting up often, comfortable clothes...absolutely. I would also add Benadryl or something to help you sleep and I'm normally anti-medicine. Haha. I CANNOT sleep on planes so I need assistance :)

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  48. Welcome back! I can't wait to hear all about your trip! I totally agree with you about noise cancelling headphones... my hubs and I each have a top of the line pair that we use for flights because people are so loud!! Also, standing up a lot - amen! I hate sitting for long periods of time. The longest flight I was ever on was 11 hours and it was rough! I think I stood up at least once an hour... I'm sure the other passengers were probably about ready to kill me! Haha.

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  49. I enjoyed your snaps so much! Actually, my fiance and I were walking around the mall on Monday and I was telling him about the Dubai mall from your snaps. Hardly seems fair right. haha Our malls here are so underwhelming after seeing those snapchats. (; Glad you had a safe trip to and from!

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  50. Welcome back! Comfy clothes and yummy snacks are definite musts on such a long plane ride!

    Xoxo,

    Ashley || Sed Bona

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  51. Welcome home!!! Thanks for the tips! The longest flight I was ever on was 9 hrs (to Hawaii) and I thought I would lose my mind! The snacks are a great tip, the boxes you can purchase on the plane are pricey. Another important note about being sure to stand, you could get a blood clot in your leg if you don't! I would also bring extra bottles of water to drink because the airlines only give out those tiny bottles. catchatwithcarenandcody

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  52. Welcome back hon, great tips I always try to bring my tablet or laptop for long trips to listen some music and try to entertain myself.
    http://artadorned.com/

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  53. Yes yes yes to standing and walking as much as possible and bringing your own snacks.

    HYDRATE was my #1!

    Welcome back!

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  54. So happy you're back, cannot wait to read the recaps of your vacay, I can tell by your Instagram pics it's gonna be good! These are amazing tips, kudos to you for surviving a 14 hour flight, that's a doozy! Welcome home :D XO -Kim

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  55. I have never been on a 14 hour flight and noise cancelling headphones are necessary for a few hours - I can only imagine 14! Can't wait to see the recap

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  56. great tips!! im glad you finished that book!! i loved it! ...wasnt a huge fan of the sequel tho. oh well, still excited about the movie. i cant wait to read your trip recaps! xo

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  57. Loving all these tips girl, can't wait to hear all about your trip!! Comfy clothes and shoes is so essential! On the last flight to India I fell asleep for most of the 14 hours which was amazing, but I definitely recommend walking around and stretching your legs or your legs will turn to stumps!

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  58. I totally wouldn't have even thought about bringing a pen, but that's so smart for an international trip! I know that I get hungry quite easily, and snacks are definitely going to be a must for us when we fly to Europe in September! Thanks for the great tips, and I can't wait to hear all about your trip!

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  59. Evian is a great idea especially for hot destinations! I would have never even thought of that. lol Great tips lady!! I've never been on that long of a flight but now I'm prepared!

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  60. Great tips!! I'm flying tomorrow morning so I definitely need to remember a pen for customs!!

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  61. Welcome back!! I love all of these tips, and that's great to know that Emirate Airlines is such a good airline. I am all about walking around on the plane as much as possible and definitely packing snacks :)

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  62. Such great tips!! Can't wait to hear your recaps :)

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  63. Hey girly!! Welcome back to the US :) I don't know if I could do that long of a flight but your tips still might come in handy one day ;) Can't wait to see/read all about your vacay!!!

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  64. Great travel tips love! Hugs, Kait
    www.makeminemaroon.com

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  65. Great tips! Also, so key to research different policies like carry-on restrictions. And, I'm obsessed with airplane meals. My FAVORITE thing about International Coach (or Domestic First Class!!).

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  66. Love these tips! I actually have a similar post sitting in my drafts! Haha. A huge yes to standing up and walking around-it's super important for not developing blog clots too!

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  67. The post is fantastic! I love it so much:)
    Have a nice day!

    www.theprintedsea.blogspot.com

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  68. Love these tips! I think the only way to make a long flight go by quickly is to watch movies and sleep!

    LIFE AS YOU LIVE IT

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  69. Yay! So glad youre back! These are amazing tips! Noise canceling headphones are always a must! Cant wait to hear all about your trip! All your pictures look amazing!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

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  70. I definitely needed to read this!

    I plan on going to Egypt later this year. It's definitely going to be a long flight from the US!

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  71. 100% agree with all your Dos and Don'ts! Glad y'all made it home safe and sound and can't wait to hear all about your trip!

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  72. These are all great tips--- I remember traveling to Hawaii from the East Coast and it feeling like foreverrrr on the plane. Sounds like you made the most of it!! I cannot wait to see/read more about your trip!

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  73. Can't wait to hear about your trip!! Great traveling tips!

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  74. Welcome home! Wearing slip on shoes is such a good tip!

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  75. Beautiful pictures! That idea for melatonin to adjust to time differences is GENIUS!

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  76. seriously, the clothes one is so spot on! i remember my first international flight, i wore jeans. never again! so uncomfortable. like, i want to look cute as well, but some of the outfits i see people wearing just blow my mind. actually, my first flight was with emirates, the only time i have flown with them. i don't remember anything with their carry on policy because i used a huge duffel bag (brought all 7 HP books, that was smart) and had no issues. However, that was.. well... a few years ago :-| i really need to try the facial mist!

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  77. Welcome home! I love all the tips! I only have traveled to Europe and that was before the invention of iPads. Jess at Just Jess

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  78. I am listening to Me Before You! I have less than 2 hours left and I just want to get back in my car so I can know what is going to happen. Ahhhhh!!!! I am in the market for some noise cancelling headphones for my office so I will have to look in to those!

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  79. Saving this for the next time I travel even if it's not 14 hours. Glad you had such a fun time!

    liz @ j for joiner

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  80. Noise canceling headphones and snacks are GENIUS! I've never been on a flight that long before but I can imagine both of those would come in super handy!

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  81. Welcome home! I have never been on that long of a flight, but I'm sure I would watch a few movies and read as much as I could...and sleeeeep! haha

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  82. But the real question- were you balling on the plane when you finished Me Before You?!

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  83. These are great tips! I can't imagine being on a plane for that long! The Evian spray is definitely a game changer! xo, Champagne&Suburbs

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  84. Great tips! 14 hours on a plane is a long time! Phew! Headphones, snacks, and reading material are a must!

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  85. Great advice, I can't wait to catch up on all your travel posts! I loved following along through your Instagram posts! Xo, Stephanie

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