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Healthy Air Travel

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Traveling can be a stressful event; from worrying about what to pack, to germs, to getting through security. But there are simple ways to ensure safe, comfortable travel. Below are some healthy tips.

Health Considerations When Packing for Travel

Make sure to pack extra medicine when traveling. Flights can experience unexpected delays and you need to be prepared in advance. Pack your medication in your carryon on so they are readily available to you at all times should you need them.

If you have a special condition such as Diabetes, or if you have a medication allergy to say penicillin, make sure you have something that identifies these conditions in your items. It could be a matter of life or death. The information should include your doctor’s name and phone number should an emergency arise. Also include an emergency contact, if traveling alone.

If flying makes you nervous, see your doctor and go over your options. There are over-the-counter medications such as Melatonin that may help with jetlag. Or a prescription tranquilizer that your doctor can prescribe if needed. But, don’t wait until the day of to test out the medication if you haven’t used it before and therefore aren’t sure what your reaction will be. Do a trial run before traveling.

Preparing to Fly

Airplanes tend to be dry, avoid dehydration by consuming non-alcoholic drinks and decaffeinated beverages. Water is your best option, or at least stick to juice.

Jetlag can be a real pain so plan ahead. Get lots of rest before leaving. Don’t drink too much alcohol. Eat a well-balanced meal, but don’t overeat. And, lastly, get up and move around. No Jet-Lag is an effective, natural, homeopathic option recommended by many travelers.

If you anticipate ear pain when traveling, take a decongestant before boarding. Chewing gum also helps. For babies, sucking on a pacifier or a bottle is helpful.

Motion sickness is a common complaint of travelers, and Dramamine, sold over-the-counter, is your best friend. It will help to keep you from feeling sick while also helping you to relax. Sitting by the window is reportedly helpful for people that suffer motion sickness

Please note: We’ve listed different options depending on your health concern, but please speak to your doctor before mixing and matching different medications to prevent a reaction.

Many people complain that they get sick whenever they travel. The likelihood is probably true as you are in a confined area that contains germs.

Getting Through Security

Get to the airport early. Don’t assume there won’t be delays. There most likely will be, from minutes to hours there is no way to predict even on days with beautiful weather.

Most importantly, make sure to visit the Web site to make sure you know what you can and cannot take on your carryon. That alone can cause you great delays.

Important Reminders

Try not to travel if you have a head cold, flu, or sinus infection.

Don’t fly too soon after surgery.

Do load up on vitamins!

This is by no means an exhaustive list but it’s a good start to preparing for a successful flight. Happy Travels!



Chrissie Cole is a freelance writer for various blogs, including Speedy Incorporation, which helps new small business owners incorporate online as well as offering advice and information about running their business successfully via their small business blog.

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