With summer officially in full swing, you may be planning a vacation with family or friends. Be sure you arrive prepared, healthy, and rested with these flight tips from IonLoop.
- Hydrate before, during, and after. Pressurized air is drying, and dehydration lowers energy and productivity, so drink 32oz of water before and after a flight, and aim to drink around 8 oz per airborne hour. Bring a refillable water bottle to save money as you hydrate. (It must be empty when passing through TSA security).
- Bring healthy snacks. Delays happen, and it’s important to regulate blood sugar during travel. Opt for things that are easy to eat in a confined space: pre-packaged trail mix, cut carrots, grapes, or granola bars can save the day.
- If you wear contact lenses, ditch them for the flight. Again, flying dries everything out, including your eyes. Pack the case, saline solution, and glasses case in your carry-on, and make the switch after deplaning at your arrival.
- Pack a sarong or airy scarf. A great travel accessory for its versatility, a scarf can equally do the job of a beach towel, airplane blanket, pillow, or rain cover, while taking up very little space.
- Roll clothes instead of folding. This reduces wrinkles and creates a ton of space.
- Wear a magnetic negative ion therapy bracelet. Said to improve blood circulation and deliver oxygen to the brain more efficiently, a therapy bracelet may counteract any effects from the limited oxygen in an airplane cabin.
- Bring some empty Ziploc bags. They are great for transporting souvenirs, small trash items, sandy or wet stuff, protecting your electronics from the elements, and more.
- Stretch it out. Stand up and walk (or at least stand up) every hour. This will improve circulation and help prevent blood clots and soreness from inactivity. Before a long flight, consider standing while waiting at the gate rather than sitting.
- Shower after the trip. The water stream is rich in negative ions to help rejuvenate while you wash germs away.
- Be positive and try to roll with the punches. Some things are just out of our control. Slow, deep breaths and a positive mantra such as “This too shall pass.” or “Don’t sweat the small stuff.” can help to calm the mind and body in a stressful situation.