Flight Plan

Jes­sica Gomes is the mas­ter of stress-free pack­ing

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Where she’s trav­el­ling

From her base in Los An­ge­les to Singapore then on to Syd­ney

What she’s do­ing there

Work­ing on a “spe­cial project” Howand Syd­ney?of­ten do you fly be­tween Los An­ge­les Ev­ery sec­ond month. It would be amaz­ing to know how many hours that is a year. Do you en­joy the flight back to Aus­tralia? I love it. It’s a good dis­tance and you’re go­ing over­seas so it feels dif­fer­ent. I’m orig­i­nally from Perth and, for some rea­son, fly­ing to Syd­ney from Perth feels way longer and more ex­haust­ing. What’s your sys­tem for pack­ing? When I buy some­thing, I wear it un­til I’m sick of it so I just pack all of my cur­rent stuff. I al­ways take a swim­suit and my train­ing gear. I don’t like to pack any­thing that I only Can but thinkI can you that’s packI might­packa within rea­son quickly?wear. 20 to Some­timesmin­utes.go shop­ping.But I un­der-packI do like Do to rath­eryou pack have than light;a two. go-toI pre­fer out­fitto have for one fly­ing? suit­case I some usu­ally sort wearof cool jeans, jack­eta Jame­sand my Perse Gucci T-shirt, loafers,I’m quite be­cause uni­form they’rein the fur­ry­way I and dress. cosy. HowI get do there you twokill time hours at ahead,the air­port? check in, go din­ner,to the get Qan­ta­son my loun­ge­late flight and then en­joy sleep some the whole way. SoI do. you The sleep flight eas­ily leave­son theat about plane... 10.30pm so by the time I get on, I’m ex­hausted. I usu­ally have to work when I land so I need to sleep. Do you have any in­flight rit­u­als? I love get­ting into the py­ja­mas and I wear the socks be­cause they make me feel com­fort­able. I also take a good book. Some­times I get re­ally re­flec­tive when I fly. It’s quiet, noth­ing is dis­turb­ing me and I start think­ing – so I take my jour­nal to write in, too. What sort of things do you write? I write about my trip or what I want to achieve in the next two weeks or maybe a lit­tle poem that I’ve thought of. It helps clear my head. There’s some­thing com­fort­ing about know­ing that you have pen and pa­per and can cre­ate what­ever you want. What’s the last book you read on a plane? Patti Smith’s Just Kids. But I haven’t quite fin­ished it. What do you en­joy about fly­ing? I’m go­ing on an­other ad­ven­ture; I’m go­ing to see more of the world. Fly­ing gives me a sense of ac­com­plish­ment. Any tips for mak­ing fly­ing stress free? Take a good book, get cosy and re­lax. I find those lit­tle head pil­lows are great as well – they’re re­ally good for your neck. How do you get over jet lag? I might go to a Korean spa or sit in the sauna to help my body ad­just but usu­ally I come home, watch movies and veg out on the couch to get back into the swing of things. It’s al­ways a re­lief to be home with my crea­ture com­forts.

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