Flying can be stressful at the best of times but we’ve got a few handy tips on how to stay healthy and avoid more serious outcomes.
If you have been feeling unwell prior to your vacation, then do contact a doctor to have a check up and approve you to fly.
Try to fly only in a healthy condition because if not, then you may feel worse as flying can exacerbate conditions.
Deal with any illnesses or even a sniff of an illness before you fly. Try not to overdo it prior to leaving on vacation. We tend to go all out to get things sorted but if you are feeling under the weather then it is best to slow down. Don’t feel pressured into not taking the day off because it is so close to your vacation.
Take any vitamins and minerals that you may feel will help you. Drink green tea also to fend off any germs.
Stay away from people who might not be 100 per cent healthy in the period before you fly.
Drink lots of water – both before and during the light as this will undoubtedly help maintain hydration. If you fail to remain hydrated then it might make you susceptible to illness.
Avoid alcohol. And it isn’t just the alcohol but the ingredients that tend to be hidden in it. In many of the drinks onboard the plane there can be large amounts of salt which can lead to swollen feet and hands. Alcohol before flying can also leave you dehydrated and feeling unwell.
Take medication along. Make sure you have medicines in your carry-on bag close to you. Then if you get separated from your luggage you will have your medication.
Keep cash to hand. Meals will be offered on board the plane so it is worth having money with you for snacks and drinks on offer. But it is also worth having some snacks with you too for any delays or downtime. Don’t get on a flight without eating as meals are not always offered on board. This is even more important if you have specific dietary requirements.
Check it out. If you have been exposed to an illness such as chickenpox in the weeks before you fly then you are best to see a doctor and take advice. Such illnesses can be dangerous to others – particularly to the elderly, pregnant women and young children.
Don’t spread it. The environment of a plane can encourage the spread of illnesses – whether chicken pox or measles and so you could lead to other people becoming ill.
Broken Limbs. Avoid flying with a recently broken limb and with a cast. The limb will swell slightly during the flight and this can be dangerous to the circulation. If you do need to travel then you can request that extra room be left in your cast.
When worrying about your health don’t forget that airplane accidents are also one way of damaging your health. Don’t let your guard down when on a plane.