FLYING can be stressful – even taking a physically toll on our bodies.
From knowing what to drink to how to get the best chance to sleep on a plane, pilot Christine Cancer has revealed her top tips to ensure your trip goes as smoothly as possible.
And according to the pilot, who is also an optician at Feel Good Contacts, making just a few changes could make the world of difference to your holiday.
Not staying hydrated
While it may be tempting to get into the holiday mood as soon as you board your flight, Christine recommends sticking to water until you arrive at your destination.
She said: "I only drink water when on flights. Water helps to deal with a number of problems including dehydration, constipation and the disorientation experienced by jet lag.
"Drinking lots of water will encourage you to get off your seat and walk to the loo too, which can be beneficial."
Not moving your body
Staying still in the same position can lead to problems on planes, especially on long haul flights where DVT can become an issue.
Christine suggests simple movements and stretches at certain intervals to keep the body ticking along.
She said: "Being confined to a seat can take a toll on your body. On long haul flights, when it is safe to do so, you need to get up and move for five minutes every two hours.
"Look in your seat pocket for tips on seated and not seated stretches and exercises.
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"Movement is important to prevent stiffness as well as more serious conditions like blood clots or deep vein thrombosis.
"Even simple movements like moving your feet up and down and side to side will help to boost your circulation."
Waiting to eat
While some planes will provide food, Christine explains that it's always best to board your flight with some food in your stomach.
She recommends a light meal to get rid of hunger while also keeping you comfortable for your flight.
She said: "Before each flight, I have a light meal. It’s light because I want to feel both satisfied and comfortable when flying.
"Whilst on your flight, I recommend that you do the same and not overeat. Opt for fruit and vegetables over heavy, high calorie meals.
"If I need a snack then I will eat a healthy protein bar."
Ignoring travel sickness
There are measures passengers who suffer from travel sickness can take to ensure symptoms aren't as bad during the flight.
Christine said: "If you suffer from travel sickness then it is advisable that you don’t overeat and remember to take motion sickness tablets with you."
Not mentioning dietary requirements
Anyone after a specific type of meal could end up disappointed if there isn't any food to suit their needs.
Christine explains that dietary requirements need to be explained in advance of the flight to make sure you will be catered for.
She said: "If you have food allergies or dietary restrictions, then you must notify the airline when booking your flight.
"It’s always good to remind cabin crew of your requirements when on the flight."
Wearing the wrong clothing and footwear
Choosing the right outfit for flying can be difficult, with both comfort on the plane and being appropriately dressed for your destination important things to consider.
Christine explains what you ought to avoid wearing for your flights.
She said: "I wear flat, supportive shoes for safety purposes.
"I suggest that passengers wear comfortable shoes and clothes on the plane, they should avoid wearing high heels and wear layers as the air conditioning (which is permanently on) means that it can get cold in the cabin."
Sleeping can help passengers remain relaxed on board their flight, while tired passengers can become irritated much quicker.
Christine suggests sleeping before any air travel and says that items can help people fall asleep on the plane, even if they are uncomfortable.
She said: "With inflight interruptions and an upright seat, it can be difficult to sleep on a plane.
"Do ensure that you are well rested and not stressed out before you travel.
"To aid inflight sleep, bring an eye mask, ear plugs and a neck pillow. You should also avoid stimulants like tea, coffee and alcohol."
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