16 tips for a happy and healthy flight
08 October 2018
A lot of people experience stress before they fly. The thought of passports, tickets and money circle through our heads the day before travelling, repeating over and over so that we remember. But there are plenty of things you can do to reduce the stress and anxiety that comes with having the airport experience. Here at Travel Counsellors, our expertise isn't just confined to our home-working agents. At our Manchester head office, we have staff from various travel backgrounds including Leanne, our Global Talent Development Manager, who spent over two decades working as cabin crew. Leanne has given us some tips on having a happy and healthy flight.
- Pack appropriately the night before. Have all items in a suitcase excluding the last minute items - such as those that will be used before leaving. Keep your suitcase open until the last minute. There is nothing worse than neatly packing for a holiday and then having to rummage around to find an item.
- Have all the information you need handy. Even better, ensure you have your MyTC app available. Anything to make the journey as seamless as possible is a definite must.
- Have something to eat before you leave. Queueing for your flight can take time and there is nothing worse than your blood sugar dropping, particularly if it’s an early flight.
- Check airport updates prior to leaving. Our duty office will update you with any information, if needed, for your holiday or destination.
- The Civil Aviation Authority recommends walking up and down the aisles and doing small exercises (airlines often provide exercise information in their in-flight magazines or entertainment systems) to boost blood flow.
- Compression stockings help prevent blood collecting in the lower limbs and uncomfortable swelling.
- The Aviation Health Institute recommends taking low-dose aspirin (100–150 mg) the day before flying, during the flight and for three days after to improve blood flow by thinning the blood and making it less likely to clot. Make sure you check with your doctor before taking any medication.
- Wear loose-fitting clothing in breathable fabrics so that you don't constrict veins or blood flow, preventing overheating.
- For pain in the ears try chewing, yawning or sucking sweets. Failing that, try the Valsalva manoeuvre, named after Antonio Maria Valsalva, a 17th-century physician who obsessed over ears and pioneered the technique. Hold your nose, keep your mouth shut and forcefully exhale.
- Make sure you are awake during landing, ready to do the two points above.
- Avoid alcohol or caffeinated drinks which can act as diuretics, making you dehydrate faster.
- Keep on moving. The best way to stay comfy and minimise the risk of clotting disorders like Deep Vein Thrombosis at bay is to keep moving. So try to change your sitting position regularly, and avoid crossing your legs.
- Stretch, a lot and keep that blood flowing.
- Keep yourself feeling hydrated throughout the flight.
- Your skin and eyes both need moisture. Regular eyedrops and repeat application of moisturiser will help.
- Avoid jet lag. Set your watch to your destination’s time as soon as you board the plane.
If you would like to book a flight and practice the above tips yourself, contact your Travel Counsellor.