Traveling can bring on a whole lot of emotions in you depending on, the reason, well, why you are actually traveling. It can be exciting, terrifying, adventurous, but most of all, you know that it can be quite tiring. Besides the amount of preparing you have been doing, the lines you have to wait in both to check in and through security, you still have to deal with small seats, overcrowding, recycled air in the cabin, and bad food. I won’t pretend to give you tips for not getting tired, but I can give you some handy things to do to make sure you keep it together, and try to stay as healthy as you can on your next flight.
I know you don’t need a lecture on the importance of washing your hands but, this is an overlooked thing when you get to your seat. Remember someone was siting in your seat before and you don’t know if they were sick, or really where their hands have been. I always try to pack in my carry on some hand sanitizer and a small packet of tissues. Place a dime size amount on the piece of tissue and quickly clean the arm rests.
I know, I know, it’s tempting to have a drink after all the stress of actually getting to your seat. Go ahead and do what you want, but make sure to drink plenty of water. Try to avoid things that dehydrate you, like alcohol, coffee, or sugary drinks. Trust me a well-hydrated body means a better reaction to jet lag, overall tiredness, and most important not getting sick. Dehydration actual leads your body to lower its defenses, meaning you are heightening your chances in catching a cold. Having energy to enjoy and get the most out of your trip is priceless, being ill and traveling is just simply the worst.
Staying the same position for too long can be extremely bad for your circulation and health. You can experience muscle cramps, neck and shoulder strain as well as back pain. Whether it’s in your seat or out, make sure to move around. Some great movements to do seated are:
Twist: place one hand both hands on one of the arm rests and twist your torso in both directions,
Move: Move your shoulders up and down so that they almost touch your ears and back down.
Stretch: Legs: stretch through the space underneath the chair in front. Hips: Place one leg over the other and lean forward. Do this with both legs.
Boost your energy, mood, and immune system by getting as much rest(sleep) as you can. Not only will the trip fly by but you will reek the benefits of sleeping. If you, like most people have difficulty with this step, try a natural (or maybe not) sleep aid. I like to travel with an eye mask and a pashmina that acts as a blanket or rolled up as a pillow.
Pack a variety of healthy snacks so you don’t overeat the bad stuff.
Nuts: Preferably unsalted to avoid getting you dehydrated, nuts are a great source of protein, fiber, and fats that are actually good for you. Make sure however not to go overboard in quantity… Too much of a good thing, not so good.
Fruit: an apple or orange. Fruit is a great way of keeping hydrated, getting a good source of vitamins, and fiber.
Instant Oatmeal in a cup: Rich in fiber, and plenty of health benefits; oatmeal is not only a great meal or snack, it is also a smart way of not eating something that’s not great for you. Just ask the flight attendant for some hot water (which is always available and Free) and mix into the cup.