5 Essential Tips to Combat Long Distance Flights
Remember the first time when you first went on to board a flight? How exhilarated were you with the prospect of flying? When we are young and naive, peeping out of the plane’s window is one of the most heightened moments of our lives. However, little do we know that there might come a time as we age when even the sight of an aircraft would be enough to make us lose a few kcals of energy. Given the fact that the world is progressing at a phenomenal pace, we often have no choice but live our lives in the fast lane. Whether it’s our job or any vacation, eventually every travel plan begins to involve long-distance flights. That said, flying for hours at a stretch often leaves us deeply exhausted and “jetlagged”. To combat tiredness after a long distance flight, here are five important tips to help keep your reservoirs replenished. Take a look.
1. Sleep for at least 6 to 8 Hours Prior to the Flight
Inadequate sleep is one of the main reasons one can have fatigue and jet lag. Before boarding a long distance flight, therefore, be sure to catch at least six to eight hours of sleep. Sleeping more is particularly more important if your flight is scheduled during the early hours of the day. Studies have shown that getting enough rest prepares the body to endure the stress of long flights. Moreover, always avoid making any last minute reservations if you haven’t been able to sleep adequately.
2. Carry Minimal Luggage
Although you can easily avoid the hassles of waiting in never-ending check-in queues while flying private, too much luggage might still be a problem if you are flying in an airline, more so if you’re going to cover a long distance. Therefore, it is advisable to prepare a list of the essentials before packing that you would require on the trip, and only if you still have some room, probably fit in an extra pair of clothing or accessories. In a nutshell, you must avoid carrying stuff on a flight that is easily available at the destination you are visiting.
3. Hydrate your body
Liquid intake especially water is most critical to avoid any flight-related lethargy. No matter whether we are young or the years are long behind, hydrating the body is essential. Moreover, as we age, our body’s requirement for water also increases. If ignored, dehydration can culminate into a number of problems including nausea, muscle cramps, headache, fatigue, and fever. Try to drink at least a couple of glasses of water, preferably two hours before boarding the flight.
4. Avoid going heavy on Alcohol and Caffeine
Alcohol and caffeine (tea or coffee) are some of the most glorified, sold, and consumed addictions across the globe. In case, you too are hooked to either or both, you may want to go easy on them prior to boarding a long distance flight. Studies have shown that changes in altitude can intensify the effect of alcohol; therefore, it is best to avoid exceeding your “usual” limit. If, however, you want a shot of whiskey or espresso to alleviate any addiction pangs, you can have a drink or two.
5. Wear Loose, Comfortable Clothes on flight
When flying long distances, the last thing anyone would want is to end up in crisp, tight-fitting clothes. Tight clothes can not only cause discomfort, but can also obstruct the blood flow in your body, leading to fatigue, cramps, numbness, and of course, sleeplessness. Moreover, it is better to avoid wearing synthetic clothes because they cause excessive perspiration, which in turn, may lead to dehydration and other related health conditions. The best option here is to wear loose-fitting clothes made from natural fabrics such as cotton or linen.