Aussie TV host and former Miss World Australia Erin Holland has opened up about her odd bedroom habit.
Before the pandemic hit, Holland was flying overseas more than 10 times each year to take part in cricket coverage in India, Pakistan and Dubai.
When she was in Australia, she was flying domestically at least once a week, often to visit her fiance, Ben Cutting, who is a professional cricketer based in Brisbane.
So news.com.au asked Holland to share some of her best travel hacks, one of which included two must-have items that she takes to bed with her every night.
“Because I’m often travelling to different time zones, sleep’s incredibly important to me,” Holland said. “To help combat jet lag, I actually always sleep in an eye mask and ear plugs.
“It sounds crazy,” she said. “But it’s given me some sort of regularity no matter where I am.
“I’ve just found that by incorporating that into my daily routine, even when I’m at home, I’m getting a solid sleep and that helps me function.”
Here are Holland’s other travel hacks.
• “I’m big on going to the gym on the morning of a flight, particularly long-haul flights. You’re about to sit down all day and that’s not great for your body, so I find doing a gym session before you go to get the blood pumping helps. And then when I land, I’ll try and get a gym session in the first 12 hours before I sleep because it helps my body sleep better. I’ve found exercise is really helpful in terms of battling jet lag.”
• “With some of the places I go, it’s not actually that easy to get what you need. If I’m going to India or Pakistan or Nepal for work, I have to hit the ground running, so I don’t actually have any time to hunt down toiletries or make-up. So I actually have a travel pack that I leave stocked and ready to go 24/7 now. I grab these two little bags that are full of everything I need – shampoo, conditioner, bobby pins, fake tan – and I just throw it in my bag and I know I’m going to have everything I need to be on camera on the other end.”
• “Learning how to pack smartly is really important. This is where good quality brands and clothes that have multiple functions come into their own, which is why I absolutely love Icebreaker (New Zealand-based apparel company). They’re made of Merino wool that regulates your temperature, so I always have one of their jumpers with me in my carry-on bag too because it’s always cold on a plane. Also, when you’re travelling and you can’t clean your clothes as often, they’re actually odour resistant.”
Holland has been working with Icebreaker to promote the fact the company has pledged to go completely plastic free by 2023.
The company made the pledge after statistics revealed more than 500,000 tonnes of textiles and leather end up in landfill in Australia each year.
“I try to think about the environment as often as I can and I think it’s important we educate ourselves on our personal impact with our life choices, but fashion just wasn’t one of the things I thought of,” Holland told news.com.au.
The model urged Aussies to try to buy quality items rather than cheap goods.
“When I was younger I’d see items that I’d really like, but I couldn’t afford it so I’d just buy the cheap and nasty version,” she said. “And that would quickly fall apart because it was poorly made and then I’d buy something else.
“The older I get the more I’m trying to redirect my mind to go, OK, invest in something that’s way better quality. It might cost you a bit more at the time but you’ll get so much more wear out of it and therefore your overall consumption of fashion is much less in the long run, so quality over quantity.
“I think it’s time we all put a little more thought into the things we’re buying,” Holland added. “So if we can make more sustainable opinions without feeling we’re compromising on the look and the quality, why shouldn’t we?”