Although we want our summer to involve sipping sangria by the pool, not all of us feel confident a mile high in the sky. If the thought of stepping on to that early-morning flight to Napa is sending you straight for a nervy b, we feel ya – planes can be plain scary. But ‘fraidy flyers, fear no more – we’ve pulled together a few tips and tricks so you can calm your nerves and keep your cool. Happy flying, y’all!

Rescue me

The same stuff that got us through a fortnight of GCSEs makes the perfect pal if you fear flying. Rescue Remedy is formulated with flower extracts such as rock rose, impatiens, clematis and cherry plum, and a few cheeky drops of it on the tongue before take-off can be enough to calm those nerves. Placebo effect? We don’t really care when something so simple can make us feel better.

Bach Bach Rescue Remedy 20ml £9.99 Buy Now

Avoid alcohol

You might think a G&T will make you stress less on that early-morning flight, but alcohol is actually a Debbie downer and will seriously funk with your fear, giving you a false sense of security. Instead, switch to water – a flavoured one if you’re feeling fancy. You’ll feel better during and after the flight, trust us.

Make a plan

If the thought of a three-hour flight fills you with dread, break it down into 15–30-minute intervals and pick an activity for each. These are just two things you can occupy your mind with for a less-stress flight.   

  • Get handsy
    Does the thought of all of those germs give you the ick? Distract yourself from the thought of plane flu and flying fear with a little hand action. Clean up with Superdrug Aloe Vera Antibacterial Hand Sanitiser Gel before moisturising with Zoella Wonder Hand Moisturising Hand Cream.  
Superdrug Superdrug Aloe Vera Antibacterial Hand Sanitiser Gel 100ml £1.25 Buy Now
  • Face time
    Want to land with better skin than you stepped onto the plane with and take your mind off your phobia mid-flight? Try this three-step facial: a sheet mask, moisturiser and a facial spritz.
Simple Simple Water Boost Sheet Mask £1.69 Buy Now
Vitamin E Superdrug Vitamin E Hydrating Mist 150ml £3.99 Buy Now

Let’s get visual, visual

The mind is a powerful thing and if you switch up your thinking, it can really help take the edge off. Picture yourself calm and confident on the flight and concentrate on how good it’ll feel to have that holiday with your nearest and dearest. And if all else fails, breathe in for five seconds, hold your breath for three and then breathe out slowly through your nose. Continue until you feel calm. Minimum pain, maximum gain.