Traveling is a special thing for most people. But how can you have a healthy and comfortable flight? Read through to know how to lower the possible risks and hazards.
Before your flight
- If you have to take medication, find out if you can take your medicine abroad.
- If you have a history of travel sickness, find out some self-care techniques, or get advice from your pharmacist.
- If you think you are at risk of developing deep vein thrombosis, see your GP before you travel. They may recommend wearing compression stockings during your flight.
- Get plenty of sleep the night before your flight.
- Wear comfortable, loose clothing on the plane. Consider taking a travel pillow and a pair of ear plugs.
During your flight
- Drink plenty of water and other fluids to ensure you stay well hydrated. Avoid caffeinated drinks or alcohol because they will make you thirstier.
- Consider wearing glasses instead of contact lenses, for the dry air in the aircraft cabin can irritate your eyes if you have contact lenses in.
- Move around. Sitting still can increase your risk of deep vein thrombosis, so do some simple exercises as you fly. Bend and straighten your legs, press the balls of your feet down hard against the floor, and walk around the cabin when you can. Avoid taking sleeping pills, as these can put you into a deep sleep, meaning you won’t be able to move for a long time.
- To help prevent jet lag, change your watch to your new time zone when you board the plane, and try to get some sleep during the flight.
Avoid ear trouble
The change in air pressure in the cabin as the plane takes off and lands can be painful as your ears adjust. Swallowing, sucking a chewing gum or yawning can help. See below for other tips you could try:
- Wake up around an hour before landing, so that your ears have time to adjust to the descent.
- If you are travelling with a baby, let him drink during take-off and landing.
- It is not advisable to fly if you have an ear, nose or sinus infection, as the swelling can cause pain, bleeding or a perforated eardrum. If you have to fly, ask your pharmacist about decongestants to help reduce the swelling in your ears.
- If you’ve recently had any type of ear surgery, check with your GP before flying.