Holiday time is precious time, so you’ll want to enjoy every minute – and that includes the flight! But all too often, people forget about their health and wellbeing, especially on long-haul journeys, and arrive at their destinations feeling dehydrated and weary rather than raring to go!
However, there are plenty of things you can do to protect your health, both before and during your time in the air, so you can enjoy every minute of your hard-earned break…
Before you fly
1. Give yourself plenty of time
Running late for a flight can be an intensely stressful experience, but most of the anxiety can be cut out by simply allowing plenty of time, having travel documents in good order and taking a few deep breaths.
2. Avoid excess
While taking a flight can leave you feeling a bit bleary, it’s sure to be worse if you have eight pints of beer the night before or overindulge in the departure lounge. It is advisable to avoid caffeine, alcohol and heavy meals before you fly.
3. Dress comfortably
Tight jeans and stiff fabrics might look good, but they are not the most comfortable thing for a flight. Loose clothing will help you to relax and snooze on-board. Make sure you swap contact lenses for glasses, too, to prevent eyes from becoming dry and uncomfortable.
4. Boost your immune system
The re-circulated air on a plane has the potential to spread bugs among passengers. While the risk is low, if you top up your immune system before flying by getting good sleep, taking exercise, eating healthily and taking supplements such as vitamin C, you reduce your vulnerability to germs.
In the air
1. Don’t hit the refreshments too hard
If your flight has inclusive meals, drinks and snacks it’s tempting to tuck in, but this could leave you feeling sluggish. Opt for light meals, plenty of water and go easy on the snacks to help you stay fresh.
2. Stretch your legs
Flying increases the risk of deep-vein thrombosis, while cramped conditions can result in sore backs and stiff muscles. Walk up and down the aisle a few times during your flight and do some simple stretches from your seat to reduce your risk.
3. Consider hygiene
There are a lot of people at close quarters on a plane, making it possible for bugs to spread. Use hand sanitiser and be considerate if you have a cold or cough; use a tissue and wash your hands thoroughly if you cough or sneeze onto them.
4. Wear on-flight clothing
In addition to comfortable clothes, take some elasticated flight socks, an eye mask and ear plugs to help you snooze. A travel pillow and blanket will make you extra comfortable.
5. Take care of your ears during landing
When a plane lands, the fluctuation in air pressure can cause ear pain and popping. If you have a cold, the tubes in your ears could be blocked, causing extra discomfort. Sucking sweets, yawning and chewing could help. If your ears are really blocked, a prescription decongestant could be the answer.
You will also have peace of mind while travelling if you know you have reliable travel insurance in place, in case anything goes wrong. Why not contact Computerquote to discuss your needs?