Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Ease your Pre Travel Jitters in just 17.51 minutes!

Dear Flight Club Peeps!

No more reading for you right now, all you have to do is listen!

Yes, that’s right!…Listen to this interview and you can be out the door and on your way without a care in the world in just 17.51 minutes!

Listen to this informative interview with Judith Barr and Felicity Hutchison for just the right amount of tips and advice to make sure you are all sorted before you leave for your trip of a lifetime!

See you at the other end!

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Have you ever suffered from Economy Class Syndrome?

Oh so dreary but true - DVT is now known as The Economy Class Syndrome and compression socks can help us combat it.  Many of us think is only for 'the oldies' but in fact it is fast becoming The Economy Class Syndrome for anyone travelling on a long haul flight. 

Ever had swollen ankles, 'squishy' legs, sore legs, stiff hips or been tired and grumpy when you get off a 24 hour flight? It is no wonder, after what your lovely body has had to endure. A small confined space to sit, especially if sitting by a window or in the centre seat,  not much space to move around....As we know, these are just part of the economy class experience. If we want to get to places we love to visit, then this is something that many of us are prepared to endure. 

DVT has long been a condition that occurs when the return of blood from the deep veins in your legs has trouble returning  to the heart. It is made more difficult by the force of gravity and the relatively long distance that blood needs to travel back to the heart, compared with returning from other parts of the body. 
Hence a good old pair of  DVT socks by their very nature, have specialized elastic compression banding that can help send the blood back to your heart. But you must adhere to the four following rules.
  1. They need to fit you correctly (follow measurement instructions)
  2. Be put on BEFORE  you leave for the airport
  3. Not be taken off until a couple of hours after you land. It is very tempting to strip them off as soon as the wheels touch down, but it is in your best interests not to! 
  4. Do some exercises to keep you mobile. Every airline has instructions of what to do in the seat pocket in front of you.
Other ways to help you get off a flight feeling somewhat human are:
  • Drink LOTS of water. Getting up to go to the bathroom is good exercise too! But remember to do it before the meal service. Lines are way too long after!
  • Try to refrain from alcohol and coffee. Both are not that good on the aircraft, so you may as well wait until you can really enjoy a good glass of wine or a yummy coffee taking in the Eiffel Tower or something equally as gorgeous.
  • Sleeping tablets that knock you out for hours on end hence not being able to get up and move around.
  • Keep your feet up off the floor by either using a footrest or if you dont have one, put a piece of your luggage under your feet. It makes the world of difference.
Follow this advice and you will arrive feeling somewhat more human than you thought you might. And believe it or not, you won’t feel quite so jetlagged either.

Plane Jane has very kindly got you all sorted with a pair of DVT Sox in a Box if you need them. But stocks are limited due to them 'flying' out the door! Get yours today and dont be part of that Economy Class Syndrome!

Friday, July 15, 2011

More media coverage for Plane Jane!

There comes a time in one's life when too much media coverage is never enough. We here at Plane Jane just love the frenzy it all creates each time we hit a magazine or a blog or a mention on Twitter. It is very exciting and makes us feel all warm and fuzzy inside!

After The Circle on Network Ten kindly had us on featuring the Plane Jane Travel Kit, Shop til you Drop got in touch and wanted to have a good old look see at the pack and find out all about us. They recognised a very clever and handy invention when they saw it, hence the feature in this month's magazine in their very clever Travel with Style (wonder where they got that idea from?) segment!

Let's Travel New Zealand came about because we took out an itty bitty ad on the side bar on Facebook, and that ran in last months edition as some great advertorial, which you can also see right here. The lovely editor Dianne picked us up and here we are. So my friends, thanks for your continued support and keep spreading the word. It all helps.

Happy weekend to you all and safe travels. I am off to Adelaide for some family celebrating.  

Love what you do and do what you love.


Thursday, June 30, 2011

Christmas Already?

Fellow Jetsetters,

How many of you out there start to think about what and where to go at Xmas time in about October? Well if you are anything like me, you actually do it in December! But for those of us who want to finish work on the 23rd December, have a lovely Xmas day then jump on a plane and go somewhere exotic, Trip Advisor have the answer.

Someone there is doing the thinking for us and reminding us to book now! Then it is done, out of the way, all paid for and you are all set to go. 
That way, when you are feeling somewhat frazzled with all the Xmas carry on you can just slip away, and leave that all behind you and end up on a gorgeous hammock overlooking the ocean, wondering what all the fuss was about....sound tempting....?
Trip Advisor Holiday Suggestions
If you would like to stay local and enjoy the tropics around Australia then there are some great deals, given the weather may not be as fab as it could be, but then you never know hey? Check these out anyway and it might just tickle your fancy....I want to wiggle my nose and be there right now!!!
Witsundays Perhaps?
Toorahhhh and let me know how you go with your bookings.
The Miss Plane Jane

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

The best accessory for your vacation!

Tempted to pack loads of lovely things to choose from when on your vacation? Think again. This is the best of the best! A lesson on how to tie a Liberty scarfe that can transform any outfit. Seriously think about a little black dress and a few gorgeous scarves to jazz up your outfit! You will be so glad you have a light bag, full of lovely things, that you can carry yourself at all times!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Top 10 Most Useless Travel Gadgets? You decide.....

Kim Wildman has some insightful ideas about what not to take on your next trip away...

from travel.ninemsn

The Stash Card

This travel gadget comes from the "seems like a good a good idea at the time" file. Designed to look like a memory card, the StashCard allows you to hide your valuables, like money or keys, in the unused PC card slots on your laptop. The problem is that your laptop will be the first thing a thief will target. So you'll not only lose your computer, but all your money, too. Why not slip your credit card into your iPod case while you're at it?

The chamois towel

Whatever you do, don't even think about buying one of these synthetic towels. First launched as a swimming towel, this glorified car chamois must be kept moist to work which means you'll be left feeling wet and clammy no matter how much you pat yourself down. I can tell you from experience that it won't dry your hair, it won't cover your modesty, and, if you're in a cold climate, you'll freeze before you dry!

Compression bags

These are the travel equivalent of Space Bags, the huge vacuum-sealed bags on the infomercials. The idea is that you put all your clothes in them, zip them up then push all the air out through a special valve at the bottom. Then — hey presto — your clothes take up much less space. The problem is, when you pull your clothes out to wear them they'll be wrinkled beyond use. If you really want to save space, try rolling your clothes rather than folding them. It not only creates more room, but also helps minimise creases.

The Urinelle

For the uninitiated, the Urinelle is a disposable cone into which women can urinate without having to squat. Personally, I'd much rather squat behind a tree than try to aim into a paper cone while standing up. What if you miss? And what, pray tell, are you meant to do with a warm paper cone full of pee once you're done? Walk around like it's a cup of coffee until you find a rubbish bin?

Passport holder

While a passport holder might look stylish and may prevent your passport from getting damaged, they're really quite impractical. You'll invariably spend more time extracting your passport from and putting it in the holder at the check-in desk, security and the departure gate than it's worth. I find the best place to store my passport while going through airport formalities is in the front pocket of my cargo pants. Beyond that, your passport belongs in a money belt.

Disposable underwear

Underwear you can simply "wear and toss"? Talk about unnecessary and wasteful. Is it really that big of a deal to wash your underwear and bring it back with you? If it is, then why not just buy the cheapest underwear you can find and wear them until they need tossing? Or better still: go commando! Personally, I'd choose comfort any day over scratchy underwear you run the risk of getting a paper cut from

Wearable sleeping bag

Seriously, a sleeping bag you can walk around all day in? Who comes up with these ideas? Besides looking cumbersome and awkward, not to mention completely ridiculous — think Gumby meets the Michelin Man — what happens if you need go to the toilet in a hurry? Also, considering many hostels don't allow sleeping bags these days, you're likely to get thrown out before you even make it to bed.

Cotton shoe bags

These cute little bags are designed to put your dirty shoes in to protect your clothes. Besides the fact that they'll simply get dirty and require cleaning themselves, they're not waterproof so are completely useless if your shoes are muddy and wet. A plastic bag is far more effective and what's more they're usually free.

Travel humidifier

Now I'm not someone who relishes travelling in hot, dry climates — or hot, humid ones for that matter — but is a travel humidifier really necessary? My thoughts are if you can't survive a few weeks away without perfectly pleasant air humidity, you shouldn't have left home in the first place.

Garment steamer/travel iron

Any gadget designed to make you feel like a laundry slave while on holiday — that includes the portable washing machines — isn't recommended. Almost all hotels, and many hostels these days, have irons and laundry facilities available for guests. And really, you're travelling; so who cares if your clothes aren't pressed to perfection?

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Travel in the olden days....

Travellers could take their music wherever they wanted,
safe in the knowledge that no one else knew what they were listening to!

Anyone for Donkey Kong, The Legend of Zelda or Mario Bros?
I was looking on Facebook the other day and everyone was doing a quiz about the olden days and it got me thinking about the first time I went on a big trip overseas.

It isn't quite like today hey? When you left, you left knowing you would not speak or hear from anyone from home until you hit the next Post Office where your mail would be addressed 'Poste Restante'. Awaiting you were a bundle of aerogrammes with light blue flimsy paper with news from home that were read more than once!

There was no contingency for a emergency, except for a telegram that may find you if you said you were where you said you would be in your itineray. But who ever stuck to that?

It wasn't until a later trip that I acquired, with great expense to the management, a Sony Walkman and a few precious tapes I had recorded from my record collection before I left. Some medlies and some pure unadulterated albums. I remember I left it on a bus in Turkey...damn! Never saw that again.

I never did see too many people wandering around with a gameboy. Even on flights not many used them. We were all excited to be watching a communal movie that probably had not been released in Australia yet and we were the trailblazers seeing it on a plane. DVT socks were not even thought of for blood clots, and travel kits were part of the airline issue that we all got excited about. Which begs the question, why do we need all these fabulous gadgets now?

I thought the reason to head overseas on the big trip was to get away from everything and everyone you knew and immerse yourself in other cultures...that was why I did it anyway....

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Be 'OnGuard' on a long haul flight...

15ml On Guard RRP$47.95

You know how when you get off a long haul flight, invariably you have caught Joe Blows cold from all the sneezing and coughing from across the aisle in 28F? Well Plane Jane is always hunting around for tried and proven products that make a long haul flight as good as it can be, and have I got the solution for you!

On Guard is doTERRA’s unique blend formulated to
support healthy immune function and help prevent catching germs. Imagine applying wild orange essential oil, combined with clove, cinnamon, eucalyptus, and rosemary to keep the germs at bay. Can't you just smell it now?Everyone will want to be your friend onboard! Well the healthy ones anyway!

For this fabulous oil and more order at Plane Jane's doTerra

Friday, April 15, 2011

Plane Jane Travelling-in-Style: Plane Jane has gone international....again!

Plane Jane Travelling-in-Style: Plane Jane has gone international....again!

Plane Jane has gone international....again!

You will be amazed at the buzz the just released Plane Jane Bolero Shrug is creating.

Have a peek at this great online New Zealand mag while you ooohhh and ahhh over the PJ review!

The PJ media star of the week!

The must have PJ Bolero Shrug has finally hit the tarmac!

The most glamorous and chic shrug to hit the autumn season has just been released by the Plane Jane designer team. Change your life with the Urber cool Plane Jane Bolero Shrug

If you want lightweight, easy to launder, non crease sexy clothing to travel in, then here is another reason to head off to the online store, do yourself a big favour and get some of the kit!

Love from the 'always looking after you' team at Plane Jane....keep calm and carry on!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Travel Tip No 2... Take Out Half the Clothes and Pack Twice the Money!

Well done! You have completed the homework task and got together the clothes you think you need to take. Now my friends, before we go any further, consider these points:
  • How many days you are actually going to need a completely new outfit. Write it down if you have to.
  • Have you included 'core wardrobe' pieces in black, white and grey?
  • Have you included lots of accessories that weigh very little but look oh so glamorous?
  • What is the 'uniform' you will wear for walking around the city, on the beach, out and about sightseeing and for shopping?
  • Are you going to be able to wash your clothes or have someone do it for you?
  • Can you live with the fact that you may not have quite the right outfit for one occasion?
  • Have you included easy care fabrics that dry quickly and dont need ironing?
Here is Tip number 2 coming right at you!

On end  of the bed lay out your trousers, then above the trousers put your tops, and above your tops put accessories.  On the floor put your shoes. Can you see what I am getting at....? You may now be able to see that 'this goes with that, goes with this' to quote Sussan's!

By mixing and matching, you can potentially create quite a few different looks and outfits from very little. A must have to blend in with the crowd are your Plane Jane Travelling pants that can be worn during your flight, out for dinner, out and about shopping and sightseeing. Great non crease fabric, with a stylish bootleg and secret pocket. 

Order them now and receive a free Plane Jane Travel Pack at no extra cost, and be the envy of your fellow travellers with a pair of these.

Now you can take out half the clothes and pack twice the money for shopping and presents to bring home to your loved ones!

Next tip...packing it all into a Carry-On suitcase and breezing through security checkpoints!

Saturday, April 2, 2011

One of the most common fears of travellers is being taken for a "ride" by taxi drivers.  It's an easy scam as travellers don't know current rates or local taxi regulations.  But with WorldTaxiMeter, you need not worry.  It calculates the taxi fares for your trip in some of the top destinations of the world.  There's also a mobile version for the techie traveller in your group!
Another job for you before you head off on your trip. Good luck!

Monday, March 28, 2011

2 or 4 Wheels?

I have to interrupt my wonderful travel tips to bring you a dilemma that I face every time I am at an airport. Do we like these 4 wheeled suitcases that seem to be infiltrating the luggage carousel?

They look very schmicko but do they promise more than they deliver? I wonder about those wheels snapping off, maneuvering it down the concourse is ok, but how do I put it in the overhead locker? That handle would surely be too big. I would not have too many friends on a 'red eye' from Sydney to Melbs now would I? Let me know in no uncertain terms please!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Oh no! I am going away and I don't know what to pack?!!!

Are you often faced with the fear and loathing of what to pack for a trip away from your wardrobe and home comforts?

Tip number 1

My biggest tip for the pre-pack dilemma. Watch what you wear a few weekends before you leave. Note your kit for around the house, out for coffee, down the shops, visiting friends and out and about in the evenings and remember to include your shoes!

Chances are, you will find yourself wearing a 'uniform'. Something comfortable that crosses over from one event to the next (aka gym gear, watching children's sport or dog walking kit).

Ask yourself this question. Why would it be any different if you are away? Odds on you will be doing pretty much the same thing, but in a different place that might need different weights of clothing.

Here is your homework....make a mental note or better still write it down and see if a pattern emerges....or if you are lazy like me, just wash what is in the dirty clothes basket and pack that! Plus a few extras!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Travelling in Style

Plane Jane is very excited to announce the conception of Travelling in Style. People can now attend very exclusive seminars presented in secret locations around Melbourne and soon the rest of Australia. Watch this space.... be the first to learn about the locations by following me on Twitter.