12 Hints for a Less Stressful Air Travel

December 7, 2017

1. Bring healthy snacks and a small bottle of water. You may have an unexpected delay.

2. Keeps your shoes on during flight. You’ll end up with swollen feet due to the low air pressure and it will be uncomfortable when you put them back on.

3. Dress in Layers. You can always take off or on depending on how cold or hot the plane temperature is.

4. Keep your nasal passages and ears clear. Take a decongestant 24 hours before your flight.

5. Chew or Swallow during take-off and landing. This will equalise the pressure in your middle ear.

6. Drink herbal tea. Take a herbal teabag and ask a flight attendant for hot water. Tea will soothe travel jitters.

7. Don’t sit with your legs crossed. Prop feet in your carry-on bag.

8. Stay hydrated. Water is the best drink during flights. Stay away from alcohol or caffeinated drinks.

9. Buy a pair of flight socks (compression stockings). Helps prevent (DVT) deep vein thrombosis, relieves aching legs and improves blood flow.

10. Do some simple exercises every hour to guard against thrombosis and stiffness.

11. Arrive early. Give yourself plenty of time to check in, find your departure gate and avoid being caught in unexpected traffic.

12. Reduce the effects of jet lag. If you’re flying east, book an early flight; if you’re flying west book a late flight. Begin preparing for time changes a few days before your departure by getting up an hour earlier or by going to bed an hour earlier. When you get on the plane adjust your watch to the time at your destination. If it’s nighttime at your destination, try and sleep on the plane. When you reach your destination use sunlight to reset your body clock.

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