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7 ways to stay healthy on long haul flights

7 ways to stay healthy on long haul flights

Long haul flights aren’t everybody’s idea of fun, but with a few simple rules, you can stay healthy and arrive at your destination ready to enjoy your holiday.

Paul Joseph, director of Health and Fitness Travel introduces seven top tips for preparing for a long haul flight and staying healthy when flying.
Keep Hydrated

It is easy to become dehydrated whilst flying, as the air inside a plane cabin is very dry, so make sure to drink plenty of water. The one bottle of water supplied by the flight attendants won’t be enough for a long haul flight, so to avoid the hassle of constantly having to ask for water, bring along your own filtered water bottle and refill it with tap water on the plane. Although it might be tempting to indulge in a glass of wine or cocktail to relax your nerves, try to avoid alcoholic or carbonated drinks, as they will only add to dehydration.

Eat Right

Nothing can add to the discomfort of a flight like improper diet. Eat lightly on board, and stay away from gaseous foods. When flying at a high altitude bodily gases expand by one third causing aches and uneasiness. Make your flight more enjoyable by eating foods to strengthen your immune system, such as fresh fruits and veggies like raw carrots, apples and bananas – the airline might not stock these so bring your own snacks when possible.

Dress Comfortably

Don’t let vanity get the better of you on long-haul flights; ditch the suits and heels and opt for comfortable loose fitting clothing instead. If you don’t want to be seen wandering through the airport in your pyjamas, pack some clothes to change into on board. Don’t forget to take off your shoes too, as ankles tend to swell slightly at high altitudes.

Care For Your Skin

Long haul flights are known to take a toll on personal appearance. Make sure you reach your destination looking fresh and rested by hydrating your skin at regular intervals throughout the flight. Invest in some high quality natural moisturiser or spritzer spray enriched with essential oils to keep you feeling and looking your best.

Keep Moving

It is important to keep the blood flowing on long haul flights as sitting for hours at a time can increase the risk of blood clots. Take a look at the inflight magazine, as most will suggest a number of simple exercises that help your blood circulation. Most importantly remember to stand up, stretch and walk around at least once every hour.

Boost Your Immune System

A strong immune system is key to ensuring a healthy holiday, so prior to your trip make sure your system is up to speed by taking high-end multi-vitamins and multi-mineral supplements on a regular basis. A healthy immune system will help your body cope with the recycled air and dry atmosphere that are inevitable on long haul flights.


If you are a nervous flyer, try to relax before boarding because stress will only add to the discomfort you feel whilst in the air. This may seem easier said than done, but there are a number of techniques you can use to help; for example meditation, taking deep slow breaths, or counting backwards from 5 to 1. If you’re really worried about flying, see your doctor who may be able to prescribe some medication to help. If it’s an especially long flight you may want to get some sleep to pass the time. If you have trouble falling asleep whilst flying you may want to invest in a natural sleep aid.


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