6 important health tips for frequent travelers

When it’s time to travel again, follow these tips to continue to stay healthy in the air.

It’s true that travel broadens the mind, allowing us to experience new cultures, taste new food and see amazing new sights that stay with us forever. To make the most of our travel experience, however, it’s important that we do everything we can to remain in the best possible health, including seeking travel health advice before starting our travels. Long flights undertaken on a regular basis, whether for business or pleasure purposes, can bring health challenges, so here are six important health tips for frequent and long-distance travelers. Follow these six recommendations and you’ll arrive at your destination feeling refreshed every time.

Terminal 3 at London Heathrow Airport

1. Get the Best Seats You Can

Vacations can be a great place to relax, and even business travel gives us the opportunity to work and see somewhere different to the everyday. To get the most out of our vacation or business trip it’s important that we feel relaxed during our flight, and the key factor in this is the kind of seat that you book. Economy seats can be fine for short flights of a couple of hours duration, but if you fly for longer than this you can quickly feel cramped and uncomfortable. That’s why it’s important that frequent and long-distance travelers buy the best seats they can. It’s a smart investment as you’ll touch down ready to make the most of what awaits you.  If your budget is tight, don’t worry; our next five tips will still help you have a healthy flight.

2. Sleep Well Before, During and After Your Flight

Sleep is our main natural contributor to great health, so it’s always important that we sleep well. This becomes even more essential when we are about to take a long trip, because travel can interrupt our usual sleep patterns. Ensure that you sleep soundly before flying, and at other times, by sleeping on a high-quality mattress that gives you all the support you need right through the night. You can read reviews online to find the perfect mattress for sleeping well at home, but it can also be worth checking what kind of mattress your hotel uses before you confirm a booking. It’s also a good idea to take a light-blocking mask, a portable pillow, and earplugs in your hand luggage.

3. Drink Plenty of Water

Water is the fuel that keeps us performing to the best of our abilities, and experts say that adult men should drink around three liters of water each day, and adult women around two liters – that equates to approximately 13 standard cups for men, and 9 for women. Failure to drink enough water can leave us feeling drained, thirsty, and confused, and flying can exacerbate this problem because of the moisture-free conditions on board a plane. That’s why you should drink plenty of water before you board your plane, and purchase and then drink water during the flight. Once you land, drinking more water will quickly help you feel like yourself again.

4. Stretch Your Legs

We’re not used to sitting still in one position for long periods of time, but this can be just what you’re faced with on a flight, especially on long-distance flights and in economy class seats. This can have a number of unpleasant side effects, so combat it by standing and walking around every hour or so. If you are forced to sit in one place for longer than this, stretch your legs at regular intervals; roll your ankles from side to side and gently arch and then lower your foot. Support socks and tights can also be a great way to combat the threat of thrombosis and other travel-related issues.

5. Relax Your Mind

There are positive sides to regular flying, one of which is that the flight gives you a chance to switch off from the stresses of everyday life and simply go with the flow. Take advantage of this by meditating during the flight – you may find that a downloaded guided meditation helps you with this. Alternatively, many people like to read or listen to an audio book whilst traveling. When you relax your mind, you’ll arrive full of energy.

6. Combat Jetlag

Jetlag can be a major problem that can disrupt your plans for days after you land at your destination, but you can take steps to defeat it. One simple tip is to wear a wristwatch during your journey and set it to the destination time before you take off. By doing this, you’ll be adjusting to the new time zone right from the very start. It’s a surprisingly effective way to trick your mind and body, and beat jetlag.

Getting into a good sleep pattern, relaxing as much as you can during the flight, drinking lots of water, and stretching your legs and muscles are the keys to a successful flight. These tips are not only useful for frequent flyers, however, as they can also be utilized on long train, car or coach journeys. When you arrive feeling happy, relaxed and healthy, you’ll be ready to take on the world, and there’s an amazing world out there just waiting to be discovered.

About the author

Pit Stops for Kids AUTHOR: Amy Whitley is the founding editor of Pit Stops for Kids and content editor of Trekaroo. She writes on staff monthly at a number of travel publications, and contributes to OutdoorsNW magazine as an outdoor adventure traveler. Find Amy at Google.

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