Travelling is stressful on its own, and travelling on an airplane can have its own type of stress if you don’t know the things to avoid.
We will not burden you with getting sick from the flight to your itinerary but there are a number of ways you can stay healthy and comfortable on an airplane.
Remove Your Contact Lenses
If you can, opt to wear glasses in flight. The air in the cabin is very dry and can cause irritation to your eyes. Also, if you are someone that falls asleep during flights, falling asleep in contacts not made for overnight wear can be especially irritating.
Never Turn Off The Air Vent Over Your Seat
If the air blowing makes you chilly, it might be smarter to throw on a sweatshirt rather than turn off the vent. Doctors recommend that the adjustable air over your seat should be set to medium or high in flight so that any airborne germs can be blown away before they enter your personal zone.
Never Walk Around Barefoot
Flight attendants have seen everything from vomit to blood to spilled food hit that carpet. Walking from your seat to the bathroom barefooted could expose you to a lot of germs.
Never walk barefoot into the bathroom or the galley area because flight attendants sometimes drop glasses and there could be sharp glass there, too.
Skip The Ice In Your Drink
An EPA study in 2004 found that out of 327 aircraft’s water supplies, only 15 percent passed health standards. Since the 2009 creation of the EPA’s Aircraft Drinking Rule Act, standards have risen and most airplanes don’t serve drinking water from the tap, but their ice cubes, however, are often still made from the same water.
Water tanks on an airplane are old and they harbour significant amounts of bacteria. It is better to drink bottled water on airplanes.
Never Seat The Entire Flight
On an airplane, you are at a higher risk to develop deep vein thrombosis (DVT) which is a type of blood clot that usually forms in the legs. DVT has been coined as “economy-class syndrome” and walking around for a few minutes or standing up to stretch are good measures to help prevent it.
Also, try to avoid tight clothing that could cut off circulation while in flight. The most important thing is to try to move around and move your legs at least once every hour. If you can’t get up, you can do exercises in your seat by lifting alternate knees up to your chest and twisting in your chair from side to side.