While air travel is relatively safe, it doesn’t hurt to be prepared to protect yourself from some of the potential health hazards a long flight can pose.
Millions of people go through airports all over the world. But what these people are bringing with them is their germs! Eeecky, right? Airplanes are packed with germs that can get you sick and disrupt your trip. So you want to be sure that your body is healthy before you arrive at your destination.
Here’s How to Stay Healthy while flying:
1. Use Sanitizer and Disinfectant Wipes
Germs spread really easily when you are in a contained space where people are sitting over and over again in these seats. And these are breeding grounds for germs like E. Coli and MRSA. Always keep a sanitizer in your purse or on your carry-on luggage. You will be touching the escalator banisters, armrests on chairs, elevator buttons, and much more! You don’t know what kinds of germs and viruses are on them.
When you get onto the aircraft, disinfect your entire seat, and especially your tray table. Before you put your food on it or rest your head on it, get some wet wipes out and clean it really well. Some people eat directly off of the table that leaves behind food particles and germs! (As we have learned from the COVID-19 pandemic – You should also WEAR A MASK!)
2. Stretch and Stay Active – Wear Copper Compression Socks
A common concern for frequent travelers is getting blot clots from the cabin pressure. And this happens because they are sitting down for long hours, without letting their blood circulate properly. One thing that doctors recommend for international flights is to get up every hour and walk from the front to the back of the cabin so your blood will circulate. Being in the air can be very stressful and hard on your body.
If you travel frequently, make sure not to sit for long hours at a time. For travelers with problems like deep vein thrombosis, Reynaud’s disease, varicose veins, and similar problems, copper compression socks will help you find relief from blood clots and promote the formation of new blood cells from pre-existing vessels. Even if you’re simply suffering from chronic tired and achy feet, copper socks will make your air travel a lot less gut-wrenching.
3. Drink Plenty of Water
Always stay hydrated! Drinking plenty of water while you’re traveling is vital to stay healthy while flying. If you’re on an aircraft, it’s going to suck all the moisture out of your body. Simply slathering on moisturizer doesn’t quite cut it. It’s recommended that you drink 1 cup of water per hour on a flight. So if you have a really long flight, replenish your body with plenty of water! Carry a bottle of distilled water with you instead of relying on water served on an aircraft.
4. Get Plenty of Sleep
Vacations can be exhausting especially if you want to see everything you can within a short period of time! But, you must get an adequate amount of sleep or else you will burn out. Especially if you have a really long flight, you don’t want to feel exhausted when you land. Always make time to get enough rest.
There are plenty of health benefits of good sleep that support good mental and physical health. Seats in an aircraft aren’t very comfortable, so when you land, your body is still ‘unrested’. Take time to get some rest after you arrive at your destination to replenish your energy so you can really enjoy your vacation!
5. Pack Your Own Food
Another way to stay healthy while flying is to pack nutritious snacks. Carry healthy nut and fruit bars to boost your energy. The food served on aircraft and at airports is not usually the most healthy option because it’s often high in sodium. Plus, bringing your own food will help you save money. Protein-rich foods will give you long-term energy as opposed to sweets and salty snacks that may end up tiring you out.
6. Wear Loose-Fitted Clothes
While many people wear tight-fitting tank tops and stretchy sweat pants at the airport, they’re not ideal for long flights. It’s better to wear breathable fabrics like cotton, silk, and linen because they allow air to circulate and keep you cool and dry. Your clothes won’t stink when you land and require immediate washing.
It’s important that you stay healthy while flying for long hours. If you follow these simple and easy steps you’ll remain germ-free and avoid a health problem. If you do manage to become ill while you are on vacation, make sure to purchase adequate travel insurance to cover you in an emergency especially if you have a chronic illness.
Do you have any travel tips to stay healthy while flying you’d like to share? Please leave a comment below.