Flight travel tips
Today, every soul is overloaded with a lot of pressures. Be it the work deadlines, family responsibilities, or the pressure of socializing.
Owing to this, every now and then we look for a place to escape to. To uncork the lid and release the pressure valve.
With so many travel group & websites coming up, fleeing to a faraway place is a piece of cake.
But as much as we love to travel around the globe, we can’t escape the baggage that comes with it.
Why is that, you ask?
That’s because of the ear pain, hearing difficulty, cramping or swelling of legs, constipation, and last but not the least the known demon of ‘jet lag’.
So, how do you deal with it all? Follow these flight travel tips:
The ear pain essentially happens due to change in the air pressure.
Normally, the pressure in the inner ear is same, or at least close enough to the pressure in the outer ear.
However, during the ascent or the descent of the aeroplane, there is an imbalance in the ear pressure.
This imbalance causes either the eardrum to swell or to be sucked in, resulting in pain and discomfort.
The easiest thing you can do to equalize the pressure is to consciously swallow the spit. This might help to release the air pressure in the ear.
For infants, sucking on a hard sugar candy also helps to keep the ear canals open and unmuffled.
Using earplugs specially designed with filters to equalize pressure do wonders, too.
Pinch your nostril with your thumb and index finger and try to breathe out, pushing the air in the ears.
You will hear a gentle pop from the unclogging of the ear canals.
Nasal spray might help to decongest the nasal passage, preventing ear pain in the process.
It is recommended to use the nasal spray one hour prior to descent.
Cramping or swelling of legs
When you are up in the air, sandwiched between the cramped seats, with limited movement, and probably even dehydrated, you might find your ankles looking chubby.
That’s because the blood circulation to your legs is compromised, causing the puffiness.
Either that or you may experience muscle cramps in the calves or at the back of the knee.
What can you do? Removing your shoes while sitting might help to regulate blood flow to the feet.
Also try doing some leg exercises like rotating your feet a couple of times clockwise and anti-clockwise, flexing your toes forward and backwards, crunching the toes, etc.
Also, try and get up from the seat for just around in the aisle a couple of times when on board (Of course, only when the weather is clear and not during turbulence!)
The major cause of being constipated during flight is the lack of water intake and the multiple cups of coffee and tea.
To regulate your gut health, it is important to reduce the intake of caffeinated beverages which reduce the efficiency of bowel movement, making you feel bloated.
Also, having a good amount of water helps to regulate the peristalsis and getting rid of the waste products from the system.
Have a glass of water for every cup of coffee/tea that you consume. Also, try to avoid over-eating during flights.
Especially foods like dals, pulses, cauliflower can worsen the condition. As much as possible, stick to healthier foods like yoghurt, fruits, salads.
Stock up on nuts to munch on instead of cookies or chips.
If you are traveling halfway across the globe, this one condition is almost unavoidable.
However, there are a couple of things that you can do to minimize the effect.
For example, as mentioned earlier, hydration is important not only for your gut health but also to make you feel fresher and look less haggard.
Other than that, sleeping through the flight is also of the best flight travel tips that might help to regulate your circadian rhythm.
In order to get good sleep, try to keep yourself warm as the cabin air conditioners can be too harsh.
Wearing layers of jacket, a cap to cover the ears and pair of socks should do the trick.
Use a sleeping eye mask to shut out any lights that can disturb your sleep.
If possible, listen to some soothing music that will help you to drift away into a peaceful slumber.
Having said that, avoid sleeping during the ascent and descent of the flight as it will aggravate the ear pain.
If you are close to the destination and feel drowsy, try to keep yourself busy by reading something or doing some activity.
Do you know any such helpful flight travel tips? Let us know in comments below.