Flying in Comfort on Long Haul Flights

Posted on 26. Mar, 2013 by in Guest Posts, Travel Tips

A long flight can be a gruelling experience for the best of us. It can be tiring, uncomfortable and cramped.

Add to that the risk of developing deep-vein thrombosis (DVT) and the dehydrating effect from the air conditioning and you’ve got a recipe for a potentially unpleasant journey. But there are simple ways to challenge all of these side effects so that your flight is relaxing and enjoyable.

The NHS states that the first travel-induced DVT was discovered in 1954 by a 54-year-old doctor who reported a blood clot after a 14-hour long flight. DVT is the result of blood flowing through the veins too slowly, which forms a clot that blocks deep veins (normally in the legs). There are a number of factors which indicate you are at higher risk of developing DVT, such as being pregnant, obese or
if you’ve had a stroke. These risks generally come into play only if you fly for eight hours or more. Those at higher risk are advised to wear compression socks, walk around the aeroplane regularly, and drink lots of water.

It’s also important to consider skin care on flight, and there are a number of beauty products that can help to combat the shrivelled feeling that comes hand-in-hand with long haul flights. Cosmopolitan.co.uk offers/ some beauty tips concerning skin care and rehydrating skin: When Hope is Not Enough Replenish Cream is a rich moisturiser which helps to restore the skin’s moisture levels,
while Apples & Pears Calendula Lip Balm will help to tackle chapped lips. It could be wise to take lubricating eye drops too, if your eyes are prone to drying out from the air conditioning.

Don’t forget to check that your toiletries and beauty products meet airport restrictions when boarding a plane in the UK – if you have liquids in your hand luggage, the containers must hold a maximum of 100ml and fit into a transparent, resealable bag measuring approximately 20cm x 20cm.

Popped ears can also be a pain – quite literally – on aeroplanes, which are caused by the changes in air pressure. Swallowing and yawning help to un-pop ears and experts say that you should avoid sleeping during take-off and landing (as you may not swallow enough to keep up with the pressure changes).

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Likewise, many people suffer from travel sickness while on a plane. The effects can be tackled by keeping motion to a minimum (sit over the plane’s wing if possible) and focusing on something still. You should also avoid tea, coffee and alcohol which stimulate the part of the brain that causes nausea.

Stay comfortable and sleep where possible if there’s a large time difference in your destination country. Use an eye mask to block out the lights being used by fellow passengers, support your neck with a travel pillow and snuggle up under a soft blanket. For the times you’re not sleeping, you can keep yourself entertained with the in-flight films, radio and magazines but it’s also wise to take your
own portable music player, books and travel games.

Follow these simple tips so that you can sit back, enjoy your flight in comfort and look forward to your impending holiday!

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