04 May Air Travel Health Hacks
Going to new destinations is exciting but the journey from Point A to Point B is never the best part. With flying usually marking the beginning and the end of a trip, it’s important to feel and keep yourself healthy whilst in the air. No one wants to land in a new city or country feeling sore and sick. We have put together our favourite and most helpful hacks on how to make your next flying experience as comfortable as possible.
Hydration is Key
It’s very easy to become dehydrated on a flight. Although you might only feel light-headed and sleepy on board, the real issue is when you get off the plane as you can experience headaches and dizziness that could intensify your jet-lag. The best practice to avoid this is to bring an empty water bottle with you to the airport, where you can fill it up after going through security and ask for it to be filled up when you’re in the sky.
Since we’re on the topic of hydration, it’s important to choose the right type of drinks when you’re in the air. As tempting as it might be to have a glass of wine or a beer, or even a coffee during the flight it will end up causing you more harm than good. An increased heart rate or feeling bloated isn’t a great feeling whilst flying. Stick to herbal teas or even sparkling water as it can help to settle queasiness and keep you relaxed.
If you’re on a flight for more than 3 hours it’s important to stand up and stretch every so often, especially if you’re in economy and have limited leg room. Prolonged sitting in tight spaces (such as a plane seat) can cause Deep Vein Thrombosis or serious leg cramps. If you don’t feel comfortable to start doing some yoga moves in the aisle, go to the bathroom. Not only will standing in the inevitable line allow your blood to flow, but once you’re inside the cubicle you can do some simple stretches.
Sanitise and Moisturise
Planes are unfortunately a breeding ground for bacteria and infections to spread. Protect yourself from airborne diseases by washing your hands, covering your mouth when coughing and disposing your tissues once used. Bring a pack of tissues and hand sanitiser to make things easier for yourself. It’s also important to stay moisturised, as pressurised aeroplane air is notorious for being dry and cold. Carry a travel-size bottle of moisturiser to keep your hands and face soft and fresh.
Block it All Out
Attempting to sleep on a plane can be a serious struggle. Not only are the plane seats not exactly ideal for sleeping, but you are surrounded by other people and the noise they make, as well as the noise and light from the plane. To get a little bit of sleep on your next red-eye flight, bring sound-cancellation headphones and your own eye mask to block out all the distractions.
For Extra Comfort
Sometimes it’s the little things that can make the biggest difference. Brining items like peppermint gum and a neck pillow can make a flight so much more comfortable and manageable. With planes always being cold, we recommend wearing closed-in shoes and socks (preferably compression socks) and a warm jacket that can double as a blanket.
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