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The Secret to Staying Healthy when Flying

While travelling abroad can be an unforgettable experience, many of us wish that we were able to forget the flight over. Air travel can be a stressful affair, from TSA pat-downs to noisy co-passengers. What’s more, being cooped up in a plane for hours on end can be a nightmare for your health. About a quarter of people claim to be outright scared of booking a flight. Luckily, there are plenty of ways that you can survive your flight and arrive at your destination happy, healthy, and ready to relax.

Grab Some Snacks Before Takeoff

It’s no secret that airline food isn’t made to be gourmet quality. At best, you can hope for a meal of microwaved meat, over steamed veggies, and perhaps a chocolate bar for dessert. While you can’t bring your own pre-prepared meals with you from home, you can often find healthy choices past security in the airport shopping area. It’s a good idea to pick up some fresh fruits, veggies, and lean proteins such as nuts before boarding so that you have some healthy food options on your flight.

Exercise in Your Seat

Long flights can be tough on the body, especially in cramped economy seating, and so it’s a good idea to stretch your limbs every hour or so to prevent the formation of cramps and blood clots. When the fasten seatbelt sign is turned off, you may also want to go for a stroll up and down the aisle. Use this as an opportunity to brush your teeth and splash some water over your face. When you’re back at your seat, you can work out the calf muscles, roll your ankles and flex your feet up and down. You can do knee lifts from your seat to get the blood flowing to your thighs. You should also stretch your arms up and to the side to keep them loose, but be mindful of neighbors.

Use Hand Sanitizer

When you’re on a plane, you’re in a sealed room with hundreds of other people. In all likelihood, someone on your flight is going to be sick. By taking proper precautions, you can avoid catching any bugs on the plane that could end up ruining your dream vacation. You should ensure that you wash your hands with soap or hand sanitizer after touching foreign surfaces, including your tray table. While it’s not necessary to go full Hazmat, you may also want to wear a face mask to protect yourself from airborne particles.

Flying abroad can be a bit of a headache, but it doesn’t necessarily need to put a damper on your vacation. You can avoid stress and sickness by planning ahead and packing accordingly. By following these tips, you can help to make your flight a little bit less of a hassle.

Lucy W

Lucy Wyndham is a professional freelance writer with many years experience across a variety of sectors. She made the move to freelancing from a stressful corporate job and loves the work-life balance it offers her.

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