Today we’re sharing tips on how to stay healthy on a long haul flight.
It’s been over twenty-five years since I’ve flown internationally. Back in the mid 1990s, I was lucky enough to be invited by my future in-laws to travel with them to Denmark for a milestone family celebration. I was young and could easily manage being folded into a pretzel for that lengthy flight.
We’re now just days away from leaving for a trip to Paris. A lot has changed since my first trip overseas. Luckily, we are fortunate to fly in business class for this trip. I’ve never even seen one of those airplane pods so I’m really looking forward to the travel portion of our trip. But, I do have some travel anxiety about staying healthy in-flight.
Tips on How to Avoid Getting Sick on an Airplane
Like me, I’m sure you never gave much thought to catching a cold from other passengers prior to 2020. Maybe you don’t worry about it now – and that’s fine. I, too, was elated when we weren’t required to wear masks during a flight.
But, I am also hyper-aware of not wanting to let airborne germs ruin my vacation.
If you want to try to stay virus-free, wear a mask. KN95 masks for adults ($16)
Other Ways to Stay Healthy Beyond a Mask on a Flight
- Hand sanitizer – I recently bought the likely over-hyped Power Mist Hydrating Hand Sanitizer from Sephora ($10). I was drawn in by the pretty colors and scents. It has 70% Ethyl Alcohol and claims to kill up to 99 percent of most common germs and bacteria.
- Sanitizing wipes – I always have sanitizing wipes in my purse or car. Wet Ones Antibacterial Wipes are my go-to ($1.99). My daughter wipes down everything in her area – tray table, seat, head rest, arm rest, entertainment screen.
- Water – I plan to bring my absolute favorite Free Sip water bottle by Owala ($23). The straw isn’t exposed and it has a protective lid. It’s amazing. Comes in a variety of colors and sizes, including a smaller 14 oz. version for kids ($19.99).
- Electrolytes – my absolute favorite is Nuun Hydration. My family and I have been drinking these for years – you just add the tablet to your water. I especially like the Nuun “Immunity” version in blueberry-tangerine ($25).
Keeping Your Legs Healthy on a Long Flight
Poor circulation was another one of those things I never considered 25 years ago when I was folded up like a pretzel in economy. Regardless of where your seat is located, you must follow these tips to keep prevent leg problems on your next long distance flight.
- Compression socks – these are not sexy, like at all. Function over fashion – but some are very cute. Here are three very good reasons why you should wear a pair of compression socks:
- They will improve blood circulation.
- Reduce swelling and discomfort in legs and feet.
- Lower the risk developing blood clots or deep vein thrombosis (which are common conditions associated with long periods of sitting during travel).
Compression socks are widely available.
- Pembrook Women’s Compression Socks – fun designs ($29.95)
- Bombas Compression Socks – cute colors, donates one for each purchase ($36)
Other Ways to Prevent Leg Pain While in Air
- Drink a lot of water – studies suggest you should hydrate starting the day before your trip. You don’t want to start out dehydrated. Bring your water bottle on board and ask the flight attendant to fill it up when it’s empty.
- Get up and walk – With all the water, you’ll definitely have to use the lavatory. Also consider walking the aisles every hour. Don’t worry about disturbing the person sitting next to you by getting in and out of your seat – healthy circulation is vital.
- Here is a list of exercise you can do while in-flight to help keep the blood flowing.
How to Avoid a Sore Butt on a Flight
This might be a me problem. My tailbone is always sore so I’m constantly shifting from cheek to cheek to get comfortable. This is in my everyday sitting life, never mind a long flight across the ocean. Here are a few things that might help avoid a sore butt on your next flight.
- Cushy Tushy Premium Foldable Travel Seat Cushion ($39.99) – this one comes with a travel bag and I love how it folds up.
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