How to Stay Healthy on long flights
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Nothing is worse than jet lag, especially after a long-haul flight. Getting sick from traveling, is even worse. On long overnight flights, it’s easy to not consider self-care, because your probably more stressed out about traveling. You’re exposed to many other people, and you’re in close quarters with them on the plane. It’s easy to get sick while traveling.
I remember one flight from Beijing to Chicago one year flying back from Thailand. It was literally the worst flight we’ve ever experienced. We ended up with seats on the very back road. There were so many people standing up during the flight right next to us. Not to mention that would hack and cough all over me.
The ladies next to Kyle were burping and sneezing all over him. Although it was a flight that had to be booked with short notice there are simple ways to prepare for a long flight and to take care of yourself during the flight. Use these self-care tips and practices when you fly so you can prevent getting sick and top of being exhausted.
Prior to boarding your flight, I suggest eating a healthier meal packed with veggies and whole grains. Carbs will make you feel fuller but in turn, make you bloated. We stopped at an organic café prior to boarding our place in SFO two months ago. I had a vegan wrap and parmesan crisps and Kyle had a salad and sandwich. We were able to bring them with us onto the plane. You are also able to pack snacks and bring them with you in flight. Opt for whole grain snacks, nuts, trail mixes, or pretzels. Read more about which types of foods you can bring with you in flight on TSA’s website. I recommend bringing your own snacks to save money because airport food can cost a lot. We probably spent around $40 in SFO. Related Post: How to Save Money Traveling
How to Prepare for Staying Healthy
Prior to Departure
Strengthen your immune system, I’m a 100% believer in Airborne! My mom suggested this to us our first long-haul flight. We’d start taking them a week or so before our trip. I suggest using these anytime you travel when you’re exposed to large crowds and a new environment. My favorite is the gummies. The chewable ones are okay, but beware they’re super tart! I don’t like them as much so I usually just take them like a pill with water. Something else you can do is take emergen-c, which generally you take when you get sick. You can actually drink it to provide your body with vitamins and vitamin c which also strengthens your immune system. Staying active and exercising prior to traveling will also help. This goes for anything in life to stay healthy but I guarantee it would make a difference in travel. I’ll be honest I haven’t exercised since we arrived at Thailand. We did exercise pretty regularly at our local gym prior to moving abroad. I noticed that by being more active my body was less fatigued and sore.
Drink lots of water. I hate water, but it’s so important to keep your body hydrated especially during the elevation changes. I don’t suggest drinking alcohol. It’s user’s preference but it’s actually worse to drink on flights. One time I had some wine, and due to the altitude, I felt like shit. Not a good idea, now I just stick to hot tea. You’re able to bring an empty water bottle with you onto the plane and ask the flight attendants to refill them for you. The cups they provide are usually pretty small. I also like bringing my own teas with me and asking for hot water.
Bring your wet wipes. No wet wipes aren’t just for moms. Kyle and I always wipe down the food trays in front of us, and the seats with wet wipes. We don’t want any germies!
Wear layers or bring a blankey. You never know what the temperature of the cabin will be like. Sometimes it’s hot and stuffy other times it’s freezing. Layer your clothes or bring a blanket. I wouldn’t suggest trying to bring your duvet comforter. Rather they make blanket/pillow combinations which I enjoy bringing with me. You can check out my go-to travel accessories below.
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Beware of the bathrooms. Let’s be honest the bathrooms on the planes are not the nicest. It’s like trying to go inside of a broom closet. There’s usually water on the floor and all over the toilet seat. Wear closed toed shoes when going to the bathroom and bring those handy-dandy wet wipes with you, as well as some hand sanitizer.
Walk around and circulate your blood. On our flight to Thailand, I made the mistake of not moving around. I was in the middle seat, of the middle row and had Kyle one side and another woman on my right. I just didn’t think to get up and move other than to go to the bathroom. Woops. My feet were so freaking swollen. I was so frustrated because I couldn’t even put my shoes on!
Mayo Clinic suggests “Move around as much as possible: Whether you’re sitting in roomy first class or economy, it’s important to stand up and move around as much as possible during your long-haul flight. Doing so keeps the blood flowing and can prevent circulation issues.”
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Get outside and get some of that sunlight. You’ve been trapped inside a plane around tons of people, most of the time in the dark. Just take a moment when you land to just soak up some sun.
Exercise. Now, by all means, you don’t have to start doing squats or pushups but if you want more power to you! Just walk around and do some light stretching, your body will be achy especially on flights 10+ hours. Continue to take airborne and emergenc for at least another week to really prevent any sickness or germs.
More than likely you’ll experience jet lag if you don’t have that problem I’m jealous. I experience every time but Kyle doesn’t. Take some natural sleep aids if you must, I always use Tylenol-pm. Hot tea also relaxes and soothes me. I recommend Chamomile or Green tea. Don’t try to fight the jet lag. You’ll get over it when you do. Overexerting yourself will just make it worst.
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