Flying Soon? Check These Quick Tips
By Sandy Schroeder
Wherever you plan to travel, everything will be better if you plan ahead. Here are some tips that will make your trip go a little smoother if you're planning to take to the air.
Stay hydrated – Fight dry air with a bottle of water before you board, but hydration is a good idea no matter how you travel.
Exercise – Book hotels with gyms or maintain a national membership. In a pinch, walk in the airport or between meetings.
Pack light – Keep carry-ons light and manageable. In crowded flights, overhead space often becomes very tight.
Walk it off – Avoid swollen feet with hourly walks, especially during long flights. Try ankle pumps or elevating legs on bags.
Stay calm – Late flights and cancellations happen all of the time. Relax and work your way through them.
Go prepared – Pack along a small hand massager and an eye mask for naps.
Avoid nausea – Pressure changes can upset the stomach. Nibble mid-flight or bring some ginger cookies or candy along.
Nap well – Do a meditation that starts with your toes and works its way up to the top of your head. As you focus on each part of your body let your mind drift.
Plan seating - If you need an aisle seat for restroom trips, or really enjoy a window seat, arrange it to make the trip more comfortable.
Sit comfortably – Make sure your back and neck have good support, and shift your weight during the flight, raising and lowering legs and backrests.
Get outside – When you arrive, plan to spend some time outdoors if possible. Short walks or even time outside on a hotel balcony can loosen travel stress.
Avoid the rush – Plan ahead and pack early to avoid stress.
Stay cool – No matter what your neighbor says or does, practice compassion and remind yourself it’s only a flight, not a lifetime.
Bring home along – Carry a favorite perfume or picture to remind you of home.
Go bottled – Plane tap water can carry bacteria, which can wind up in the tea or coffee.
Screen the breeze – Point vents toward your lap and use a wipe on the nozzle.
Choose a good read – If you can’t sleep, this is the perfect time to read.
Opt for sealed items – Pillows, blankets and headrests should be in sealed bags to avoid bacteria.
Eat healthy – Pack along your favorite nuts, fruits or cheese to avoid paying for expensive airline food.
That also eliminates the temptation of sugary or salty snacks.
You may have your own set of tips to add. Whatever makes the trip work for you, take the time to do it. You will arrive less stressed and much happier.
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