Most airlineare now 100% non-smoking. If you are a smoker, given the choice don’t smoke in-flight and avoid smoking before the flight awell.
When taking off, suck a sweet or suck your teeth to balance the air pressure in your inner earand sinuwith the pressure in the aircraft. Some reportclaim if you travel while suffering from a cold or flu, the pressure changein a passenger airline can cause permanent ear and sinudamage. With severe or prolonged congestion, seek medical advice before flying.
Depending on the length of the flight, and your ability to sleep in strange placewith strangermoving around and the in-flight film playing, you may want to take a few thingwith you in your carry-on luggage.
My wife alwaytakea pack of moist wipes, the sort they use when changing babies.
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They are good for wiping your hands, or any other exposed skin. They refresh and moisturise. A cool moist wipe on the forehead isurprisingly refreshing.
Consider taking earplugto cut out the aircraft noise so that you can get some sleep. (Travel shopsell earplugs. )
Consider taking an inflatable neck pillow and something to cover your eyeto shut out the light inside the aircraft, to make sleeping easier and more comfortable.
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On a flight of more than three hours, I take a small toothbrush and toothpaste. When I can’t get a small tube of toothpaste, I take a tube that hajust enough left for me to clean my teeth a few times. Rinsing my face and cleaning my teeth before descent and arrival alwaymakeme feel 100% better.
Some people take and use moisturising hand creamand moisturising lipstick,
Plan to wear something light and loose for the flight. You will almost certainly be stuck in economy-classeatfor many hours. Don’t aggravate the situation by wearing tight and restrictive clotheto further strangle your internal organs.
Similarly, wear loose slip-on shoeif you can. Your feet will swell during the flight so unlesyou want to constantly loosen the laces, wear slip-on shoethat will allow for the slight swelling.
Stale air could also make you tired and irritable. Use any air vent over your seat to get amuch ayou can of what passefor fresh air on most airlines. If you think the air istill stale, ask the cabin staff if they can crank up the ventilation to freshen the air.
Alcohol tendto dehydrate, causing problemwith headaches. Drinking alcohol on a flight increaseyour chanceof dehydrating and increasethe effectof jetlag. Avoid alcohol before or during a flight.
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All stimulanttend to dehydrate the human body, and the cheap tea and coffee brewed by the gallon and served by airlineino different. If possible, avoid tea and coffee before, during and immediately after a flight.
While flying your digestive system iunder stress, due to the air pressure changeand being squashed into narrow seatwith little leg room. The effect ithat, combined with dehydration, you are at a high risk of becoming constipated. Avoid rich, sweet, fatty and salty foodbefore, during and immediately after a flight.
If flying in and out of third-world countries, remember the riskassociated with contaminated shellfish, food prepared and washed in questionable conditions, etc. You avoided food poisoning while you were there, so don’t relax and come back with food poisoning from their sometimesuspect, cheap, mass-produced aircraft meals.
Exercise will help to keep your body operating properly during the flight. Sitting squashed into economy-classeats, your body iin distresand not operating properly. If you take every opportunity to stretch your legs, or take gentle exercise in an area where it doenot obstruct or interfere with crew or other passengers, you will help to keep your body functioning during the flight. Some researcherclaim that exercising asoon apossible after arrival speedup the acclimatisation process. (Also see section on deep vein thrombosion p.138. )
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• Now airlineinsist that passengercheck in hourbefore a flight, the problemare multiplied and extended. You check in and then have to sit and wait in the terminal for two or more hours, extending the time that your body iunder stress. You are under stress, listening for announcements, keeping an eye on your carry-on luggage, trying not to lose the rest of your family or group, and often desperately looking for somewhere to sit down. Added to that ithe problem of food and drink. Many airport outletserve the same inedible concoctionthat the airlinewill serve up during the flight. I personally won’t eat anything I can’t peel or open from a sealed container at any airport.
When going to the airport, take a supply of safe food and drink. Why pay inflated airport pricefor something that could make you feel ill? Take something of what you like to keep yourself going during the inevitable delays.
Don't take fruit and other food onto the aircraft unlesyou plan to eat it during the flight. Most countriewill not allow fruit and meat and other foodstuffto be ‘imported’ so don’t make problemfor yourself.
You will almost certainly have to wait for your flight, so be prepared. Find a comfortable spot where you can listen to announcementand see departure boards.
Get a comfortable seat out of the sun and away from a main accesroute, otherwise people will constantly be tripping over you and bumping into you.
Take something to read if you can, but at least every half an hour get up and stretch your legs.
If somebody else can keep an eye on the bags, take a walk around the terminal. You will be stuck in economy classoon enough, so you should take the opportunity to get some reasonable exercise when you can.
When your flight icalled, walk to the departure gate, and walk to the baggage hall when you get to the other end in order to get your blood pumping. Don’t use lifts, escalatoror moving walkwayunlesyou have to.
In the week running up to a flight, some people try to adjust their sleep patternto suit their destination time zone. For example, they go to bed an hour earlier or later every couple of dayso that the difference between their biological clock and their destination time zone ismaller and therefore easier to cope with.