I have a strict routine. As soon as I arrive at my hotel, I sleep for three hours maximum, which keeps me going until a reasonable bedtime hour. The first night at my destination, I don't let myself go to bed before 8.30pm.
I'm naturally a big sleeper, so it is important to try to catch up on any lack of sleep. I also try to make good food choices when I'm away. I stay away from sugary foods and drinks, and drink at least two litres of water a day. I work out most days, whether that's a cardio session at the gym or a walk in the outdoors. I'm an active person, so that helps with my wellbeing.
If I feel a cold coming on, I'll take a nap at some point through the day and try to listen to my body. In general, I eat a balanced diet and I like to get plenty of sleep. I also keep pretty fit, am health-conscious and use hand sanitiser.
We eat the same meals that the passengers eat and if we have dietary requests, we can order a special meal.
We use the same toilets as our customers. We have a designated crew rest area above the Business Premier cabin with two bunks and chairs so we can catch up on sleep in our downtime.
I like to move around and stretch my legs regularly. I make an effort to stay hydrated and get as much sleep as possible. Alcohol has a bigger impact on your body in the air than on the ground, so I'm careful around my alcohol intake.
I prefer the window seat because I find it easier to sleep – nobody has to get past you and you won't get bumped by travellers moving up and down the aisle.
Bring your water bottle and fill it up prior to boarding. I recommend stocking your cabin bag with lip balm, eye drops, hand sanitiser, a spritz face spray and a good hand cream, along with a light-weight scarf and comfortable socks. Ear plugs and an eye mask are essential to maximise sleep. The cabin can sometimes be cool, so I wear a few light layers and pick natural fibres like cotton, merino or linen so my skin can breathe.
I always recommend travel insurance – you never know when you will need it. A friend of mine got strep throat in America and the doctor's appointment plus a prescription was about $600.
I would love to take my family to Singapore – it's a fascinating destination that's easy to get around and explore using public transport. It's easy to communicate too, as English is the most spoken language.
Woman's Day Health Editor Penny Lewis' top 3 travel tips
- Always wear knee-high compression socks for long-haul flights. They're not cheap, but they help increase blood circulation and reduce the risk of deep-vein thrombosis. Also, they'll lessen the chance of your feet and ankles swelling up.
- Remember to notify the airline of any dietary requirements when you purchase your flights. It's too late to mention you're coeliac once you're on board ready for take-off.
- There are drinks and tablets to combat jet lag, but they need to be taken at regular intervals during the flight. I prefer to sleep as much as I can. I set my watch to the destination's local time a couple of hours ahead of landing.