Long flights can take a huge toll on your body, leaving you achy, dehydrated, and groggy, if not downright ill. Here are some simple tips to beat the airplane blues:

Keep Hydrated
The humidity level in aircraft cabins is typically very low. To prevent dehydration, drink water before, throughout, and after your flight. It is suggested you drink at least 8 ounces of water each hour. If you avoid salty snacks and diuretics such as alcohol and caffeinated drinks, you’ll prevent further dehydration.

Dry cabin air also wicks away moisture from your skin. To keep comfortable, apply lotion to your hands, face, and neck during the flight. Lip balm will prevent chapped lips. And don’t forget eye drops.

Another option is a facial sheet mask. Drenched in hydrating serums, these thin cotton masks are carry-on friendly and perfect for a quick refresh.

Catch Some Zs
With cramped seats, crying babies, and noisy in-flight neighbours, it can be difficult to get some shut-eye.

Try making your seat a sanctuary: lean your chair back, rest your head on a fluffy pillow, and bundle up in a blanket. Eye masks and earplugs can help block out unwanted light and noise.

It’s also a good idea to avoid looking at your smart phone, laptop or TV during the flight. The blue light emitted by electronics suppresses the production of melatonin, interfering with your body’s natural circadian rhythm.

Beat the Germs
It’s not surprising if you always seem to come down with a cold or the flu after a flight. The recirculated air can dry out your nasal cavity, weakening your first line of immune defense. And in confined spaces like planes, germs naturally abound. Arm yourself with these germ-busters:

— keep hydrated to prevent your mucus from drying up

— wipe down your surroundings with disinfectant wipes

— wash your hands frequently

— take vitamin C tablets or Echinacea pills for an extra immunity boost; these supplements are safe and easily accessible.

Contributor: Constance Leung

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