Have the grand kids been asking about your summer visit? Or, do you have a stack of summer wedding invitations or college graduation announcements? It’s a great time for travel, but cross-country flying can take its toll if you aren’t properly prepared. Flying the friendly skies may be a bit friendlier if you follow a few tips.
Flying Tip #1: Move Around As Much As Possible
This is a rather unfortunate tip for your fellow passenger if you happen to have a window seat. However, you want to make sure you are not sitting still for too long because this can cause deep vein thrombosis, or blood clots, in your legs. This can be a potentially life-threatening condition, especially 30,000 feet in the air. To avoid this, and when it is safe to do so, get up and move around the cabin. Even from your seat, be sure to stretch your arms and legs. This will encourage blood flow and prevent the formation of clots. You can try wearing compression stockings to aid in this, as well.
Flying Tip #2: Hydration
Be sure to drink plenty of fluids. This will help with a number of problems, including dry nose and mouth and deep vein thrombosis. Water works well; however, you also do not want to dilute the nutrients in your system. Try a beverage that replenishes your electrolytes, such as Gatorade. Avoid the alcohol. It is not as helpful as you imagine. If you’re prone to sinus problems, you can try using a saline nasal spray before and after your flight.
Flying Tip #3: Sanitize
Anti-bacterial sanitizer is our friend on a plane. If our immune systems are already compromised due to age or illness, we need to be careful. To help minimize your risk of contacting a virus, use sanitizing wipes on the arms of your seat, as well as the tray. Try to bring your own small pillow, if at all possible.
Flying Tip #4: Sleep
The distractions on a plan may make it more difficult than usual for a nap. Try a few tips:
- Listen to relaxing music
- Read a book
- Use an eye mask and ear plugs
- Talk to your doctor about a natural sleep aid, such as melatonin. (As with any over-the-counter medications, you want to make sure there will be no interactions with any of your other medications.)