No Crash Landing – How to Fly High and Arrive Refreshed

If you have ever stepped off a long-haul flight exhausted, slightly ill and seriously jet-lagged, then you know just how uncomfortable and trying these experiences can be. Whether you are flying to Europe, Asia or North America, you will undoubtedly be spending several hours on a small and often cramped airplane seat. The temptation for many people is to try to make the time pass by in any possible way. Unfortunately, that could mean sipping alcoholic drinks during the flight or even taking prescription medication to sleep. These might seem like the easy way out, but if you can stay strong and pick up some healthy habits instead, you will arrive in much better condition. Here are some of the top tips for arriving refreshed and healthy after a long flight.

Start Out Rested

You might be one of the passengers who thinks that arriving for a long-haul flight when exhausted means that you can catch up on some sleep. That is a popular notion, but it is ultimately incorrect. The rest that you might get on the flight will not be as satisfying or as beneficial as a normal night of sleep in your own bed, which means that you should show up for the flight as rested as possible. Arriving tired, and then not sleeping adequately on the plane, just sets you up for serious jet lag or fatigue when you arrive at your destination.

Stay Hydrated by Skipping the Booze

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With a beer or a cocktail in hand, the plane journey might feel more enjoyable. While there is no denying that a few drinks might make you fall asleep faster or help the time go by a little more quickly, it can result in some serious side effects. Your blood-alcohol content rises faster in the air than it would on the ground, which is a direct results of the cabin’s barometric pressure. Rather than risking intoxication and dehydration upon landing, skip the booze as well as caffeinated sodas in lieu of water, juice or electrolyte drinks like Gatorade.

Take Measures to Avoid Sickness

To avoid catching a cold or other illness on your flight, take the standard measures like hydrating, washing your hands and not flying after any kind of surgery, which is when your immune system is at its lowest. Since there are no guarantees for health on the ground or on the plane, it pays to makes sure you’ve updated your health insurance – just in case the worst should happen. It many parts of the world, if you had to seek medical care or treatment then you could find yourself in a world of financial pain, as many places won’t treat you unless you either have money up front, or health insurance to cover the costs.

Nip the risk of mishaps in the bud before the happen!

Anything can happen while travelling, but arguably one of the fastest ways to end your holiday is if you had your bag or wallet stolen and were left without cash! There are certain travel hot-spots for areas high in reported theft, so be sure to be self aware no matter where you visit and have your wits about you. Of course, the easiest way to guarantee you won’t be left stranded if something like this were to happen is by taking out travel insurance. Compare the market in order to find the policy that meets your needs for your trip and remember that at least by incorporating this into your travel plans means you can have peace of mind and get on with the fun things!

Stay Active and Move Around

A big concern for plane passengers is DVT, or deep vein thrombosis. This ailment is characterised by swelling, redness and even potential heart complications. It is caused by inactivity for long periods of time, which are common on international flights. The key is to stay active by stretching in your seat, walking up and down the aisle of the cabin or doing some basic calf raises by the bathrooms. These small movements can go a long way in preventing DVT.

Don’t Try New Medications or Sleeping Aids
Many passengers try to sleep their flight away with prescription sleep aids or even narcotic pain relievers. Although it might be tempting to pop a pill and then wake up at your final destination, this is not the answer. Sleeping through a long flight will leave you incredibly dehydrated, and the inactivity for such a long period of time can also lead to joint stiffness or DVT as mentioned above. Skip the pills and try to entertain yourself with work, a good book or a new film instead.

Eat the Right Foods On Your Flight

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You might be surprised to learn that digestion is harder for the human body at high elevations, such as a typical plane’s flying height of 37,000 feet. Foods high in saturated fats can restrict blood flow, and vegetables can cause gas and bloating that result in an uncomfortable flight. Stick to lean proteins, breads and other high-carbohydrate foods for energy during your journey.

A long plane journey can leave you feeling tired and sick after landing. To arrive refreshed and ready to enjoy a holiday or tackle a business trip, use these helpful tips on your next flight.