1. Comfortable face coverings are worth the investment

Emirates’ aircraft are fitted with Hepa cabin air filters that clear 99.97 per cent of viruses. However, you might like to invest in a high-quality, comfortable face covering given you’ll be required to wear this whilst travelling. Protect yourself and others by using a mask that has at least two layers. Some masks can also be equipped with removable filters. Quality fabrics that feel great on your skin and are breathable – such as pure cotton or merino Wool – will help filter particles and ensure comfort.

2. Carry-ons can help you fight nerves

If it’s been a long time since your last international flight, one of the easiest ways to feel calmer is knowing that you have prepared for all eventualities. Keep your passport and any other printed travel documents/vaccine certificate in a safe place. Only take them out when necessary and replace them immediately. If you’re planning on travelling overnight, make sure to bring hand cream, lip balm and an eye mask. Also, keep a spare shirt in the event of an emergency.

3. Tech makes your journey easier

Emirates cabin crew have revealed post-lockdown flying tips, which include wearing merino wool and focussing on the joy of being reunited with family if you're a nervous flyer

The Emirates cabin crew has shared post-lockdown tips. They recommend wearing merino wool and focusing on the joy of being reunited to family if you are nervous about flying.

Each country has its own entry requirements. Make sure you check them in advance and allow for more time at the airport. Emirates was the first airline in the world to offer the IATA app to its entire network (info available here). Many destinations allow entry paperwork to either be stored or presented via QR codes or apps. Some countries require passenger location forms to be completed at least 48 hours before check-in and QR codes to be presented at checkin.

4. Media magic

Completed Netflix over lockdown? Check to see if your airline offers a playlist function that allows you to browse and queue content in-flight. By browsing through the latest and greatest content, you can make the journey enjoyable. Emirates has over 4,500 channels on its ‘ice’ system, and you can now watch shows from US streaming service, HBO Max. There are many must-sees, including Friends: The Reunion, which you can now watch on an airplane, as well the Emmy-winning Mare of Easttown and A Black Lady Sketch Show. You can also take a few moments to relax with the in-flight meditation service.

5. Combat jet lag

You should avoid excessive caffeine and alcohol both before and during your flight. These can interfere with your ability to reset your circadian rhythms. It’s a great idea to set your watch to the time of your destination, and most airlines will dim the lights / manage the cabin ambiance in a way that helps the body transition. When you’re flying long-haul it’s vital to drink plenty of water, as the air circulation can dry out your skin, altitude makes you crave salty snacks (leading to dehydration) – and dehydration exacerbates feelings of jetlag!

6. Concentrate on the why

Still feeling unsure? Sometimes it helps to focus on where you’re going and why. Think about the faces you love to hug and the people in your life. Imagine the sun shining on your skin. Save a destination guide to read on board and spend some time planning all the exciting things you’ll do, places you’ll visit, food you will eat and cultural experiences that will make a better, happier and more relaxed you.

For more information, visit the Emirates Covid 19 Safety Hub. It contains helpful videos as well as explanations of the procedures and policies the airline has in place for passenger safety.