Published on December 22, 2019

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We spend a third of our lives asleep—that means our bedroom is the most lived-in space in our homes. It’s the room where we start and end our days, and that’s why the rituals that happen there are extra-important. In The Wind Down, we’ll be exploring the nighttime routines of people we admire and taking their advice to make the moments just before bed feel our best—even when we’re on the go.

“I’ve traveled more in the past three years than I have in my entire life,” Lili Reinhart says. “It’s been an adventure.” The actress launched into stardom as Betty Cooper on Riverdale just a few years ago, and more recently appeared in the box-office hit Hustlers—hence why you might just find her napping, well, pretty much everywhere: a car, her trailer, a dressing room, and definitely on planes. (She has to recharge somehow!)

At this point, the newly minted frequent flier (who loves racking up points on her American Express Green Card) has her traveling routine down to a T. Here, she explains her methods for making the most of her time in the air and how she chills out after landing. 

Log off: I check my phone before we take off and get my last dose of the Internet. I never really pay for WiFi. When I’m in the air, I think: It’s pretty pathetic if I’m paying for WiFi. I can take five hours off unless I have very urgent emails to answer. 

Easy z’s: I am lucky enough that I can sleep on planes, so I always do. The red-eye I took last night was just four-and-a-half hours, but I slept for three and a half of those. Today I landed at 7 a.m. and took an hour nap on the car ride from the airport to my hotel before I started hair and makeup for the day. Literally, whenever possible, I sleep; I’ll set my alarm for 30 minutes whenever I’m tired. I was even sleeping during my lunch break. 

Snooze cruise: I always have a pillow and an eye mask with me on the plane. 

Reset button: I take a lot of baths. Luckily, I have a good tub in my apartment in Vancouver. I use either Epsom salts, a bath bomb, or a nice little bubble bath situation. I try not to look at my phone, but I always do—I like scrolling through it when I’m lounging in the bath.

Travel uniform: I like to wear baggy jeans, never dresses, because I’m always curling up in a little ball. I’ll always wear boots or sneakers—it grosses me out to have any part of my foot exposed. And I always bring a jacket because I get so cold on planes. Even when I’m like, “Oh, it’s 90 degrees, I’ll be fine,” I’m freezing.

Featured picture: I don’t watch too many films on planes (because I’m usually sleeping), but the last ones I saw were the movie Jennifer Lopez did before Hustlers, Second Act, and Atomic Blonde. I usually watch a blockbuster rather than an indie; things that I missed in the theater. 

Snack time: I’ve gone through different stages of snacks. At one point, I really liked Sour Patch Kids, then M&M’s, then peach cups, then sandwiches. Now I’m in an in-between stage where I don’t have a preference. I just try not to have Pringles. It’s such an airplane food to me—I’m like: You’re the last resort.

Write on: I don’t ever sit down and think, Yeah, I’m going to write right now. It truly comes to me when it comes to me. I’ll write in the notes on my phone, although I do love writing with pen and paper.

Carry-on extras: I bring a nice going-out dress, just in case I decide to leave the hotel. Lately I’ve been having to remind myself to pack my workout clothes. When I’m in L.A., I like to do reformer Pilates—I have those special Pilates socks.

Must-buy souvenir: My grandma collects magnets; she hangs them on the side of her fridge. I went to Aruba last year with my best friend, so I got her a magnet from there, and something from Notre Dame when I went last year. I collect little things for her, but nothing really for myself. Although I like to take photographs, and I’ll keep ticket stubs if I see a show somewhere.

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