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How to make the most of your long-haul flight

18 JULY 2012

If you fancy holidaying a little further afield a long-haul flight often lies between you and your chosen exotic location.

But with a few simple rules, you can stay happy, healthy and arrive at your destination ready to enjoy your holiday.

 

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Here are HELLO! Online’s top tips:

Keep hydrated

The inside of a plane cabin can be very dry, so it is important to keep well hydrated by drinking plenty of water.

Although it might be tempting to indulge in a glass of wine or a beer to relax your nerves, try to avoid alcoholic or carbonated drinks as they only add to dehydration.

Eat well

Your stomach can become unsettled on a long flight, so it is important to eat the right foods to keep it happy. Eat lightly, snack on fresh fruit and veggies and stay away from processed foods or anything that you know is likely to upset your stomach.

Be sparing with your carry-on baggage

Bringing a large bag onto the flight will mean less legroom and a more cramped living space for many hours. Pack sensibly and put as much as you can in your hold suitcase.

Bring your go-to gear

Do, however, come well-equipped with the long-haul flight essentials: neck pillows, eye masks, earplugs, headphones etc.

Dress for comfort

Opt for comfortable, loose fitting clothing that is not going to bother you on the flight. Heels are a no-no on a long haul flight and remember to take your shoes off – ankles can swell slightly at high altitudes.

Care for your skin

Long flights tend to leave your skin dry, so hydrate your skin at regular intervals throughout the flight with a good face moisturiser.

Keep moving

Sitting for hours at a time increases your risk of blood clots, so it is important to keep the blood flowing.

Most inflight magazines suggest simple exercises that help your blood circulation so it's worth taking a look at yours, but here are easy tips that will help:

•  Make sure to stand up, stretch and have a walk around at least once every hour

•  Do some leg stretches, rotates and wiggle your feet and toes

•  Consider wearing flight socks, which provide the extra support leg veins need, aiding the movement of blood flow in the veins and thus relieving that tired, achy feeling.

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