Flying internationally can really be stressful on our body. I’ve been blessed to have the opportunity to fly internationally several times, and each time I dread stepping onto that plane for such a long and uncomfortable flight! I know I’m definitely not alone when I say that the thought of being stuck on a plane for 10+ hours in a tiny, cramped seat doesn’t sound fun. However, with each flight I take I get better at preparing myself for the long trip and I learn how to maximize my comfort and health. I present to you 7 tips for flying international!
1. Dehydration is the enemy.
Avoid carbonated beverages and drink lots of water. While you’re at it, chug a few Emergen-Cs to help your immune system fight off any illness that is breeding on the plane. Being on an international flight is actually quite disgusting when you think about it. There are many people very close to each other, and everyone is breathing the same air in a tiny place. Although we all try to travel healthy, some people do travel while sick and catching their illness is a concern! You can’t do much about it, but keeping your body in good shape will lessen your chances of arriving at your destination feeling ill. The week prior to leaving, I try to avoid all sugar and processed carbohydrates… of course, get lots of vitamin C! If anything, definitely use this tip for flying international… your skin will thank you.
2. Get moving!
Get up as often as possible to take a walk around the cabin and stretch. International flights are long, and restlessness is bound to hit you eventually no matter how many entertainment options are available. Blood clots can form while sitting for long periods of time and my feet always swell. To minimize this, I always request an aisle seat so that I can get up easily and move around. I rarely sleep on planes, so it’s better to have an aisle seat because I’m free to move and the people sitting next to me don’t have to feel awkward waking me up because they want to get out of their seat. Plus, if you are drinking enough water you will probably want to go to the restroom often anyhow!
3. Dress comfortably and warmly.
4. Avoid unhealthy food choices.
It’s bad to eat very unhealthy foods, but it’s especially bad before and during a flight. Choose healthier alternatives. Sodium and gassy foods are our worst enemy! Not only will you be bloated and unhappy, but your entire flight will be very uncomfortable. Some people say to avoid airline food altogether because it is packed with sodium but I just eat it in moderation. Pack your own snacks if possible. I like to bring fruit, granola and unsalted nuts.
5. Take care of your skin.
Avoid dehydration, treat yourself to a face mask, and try to rest up even if that means closing your eyes for a bit. I can never sleep on the plane most of the time, so just closing my eyes and silently resting is really crucial for me. Your mind needs a rest from the hours of movies that you’ve been watching, so even if you are a person who doesn’t sleep on the plane you should try to give your eyes a rest once in awhile. While you are at it, apply a cotton facial mask to combat dry skin. I used to feel crazy when I did this, but now I don’t care. It’s my skin, not theirs! Who cares what others think. I also like to carry a rosewater facial mist to spritz on my skin throughout the flight. It’s a refreshing and very gentle way of moisturizing the skin.
6. Don’t forget your SPF!
It never occurred to me before, but being on an airplane is definitely the time to NOT forget your SPF. When you are in the airplane, you are so much closer to the ozone layer, meaning stronger ultraviolet rays aimed at our skin! Even though we’re in the plane, the rays can still make it through the windows. Apply sunscreen as you normally would, and try to keep the window shade down as much as you can to avoid potential skin damage. All the same rules apply here as if you were wearing sunscreen on the ground.