A little preparation can help you overcome the negative side effects airline travel can have on your health. The things you pack in your carry-on can make all the difference in the world between an enjoyable flight and a stressful one. Plan ahead. Prepare a list of items that will help you make the most of your flight time. As a frequent traveler myself, I have complied a few “must haves” that you should consider for your carry on bag. These items will ensure a healthier trip. Healthy trips make for happier outcomes.


First and foremost, keep hydrated. Be sure to bring a refillable glass water bottle. Fill it full of water and drink it on the way to the airport. This way, you will be sure to have a good amount of water in you, before ever hitting the security lines. Once past security, fill your bottle again. It is particularly important that you drink a lot of water because the dry air tends to be extremely dehydrating. Staying properly hydrated and eating healthy on-the-go, will help ward off lethargy.


Along with your water bottle, pack some light, healthy portable snacks. Make sure you choose nutritionally dense, energy enhancing foods like fruit, nuts, pre-cut veggies and hummus. Overeating will drain you of your energy. Choosing the wrong foods, like processed fast foods, can make you feel bloated, tired and undernourished.


Dress for comfort. Think of your travel time as relaxation time. Then, when you get to your destination, you can hit the ground running. Be sure to bring a wrap or light sweater. No matter the weather, the temperature on an airplane can change from hot and stuffy to cold and dry in a moments time. The airlines commonly run out of their supply of blankets. Be prepared so you don’t get chilled.


Since you are staying hydrated and continuing to drink water on the flight, moving around shouldn’t be an issue. Extend your time away from your seat by finding an area of the plane that has some extra space where you can stretch your legs and keep the blood flowing. Do some calf raises and stretch your arms above your head. This will help you from getting stiff. Try wearing compression socks to keep your lower limbs from swelling. It is not only a healthy practice but it also helps prevent, deep vein thrombosis (DVT).


Just as the dry air dehydrates you inside, it also takes a toll on your skin. Before getting on the flight, prepare your skin with a moisturizer. Pay special attention to your face and neck. Pack a travel size moisturizer so you can reapply as needed. Bring a lip balm to keep your lips from feeling chapped. A hydrating facial mist can help refresh tired skin. EVIAN makes a travel size facial mist perfect for your travel bag. If you wear contact lenses, you may want to consider using your glasses during the flight or bring eyedrops to keep your eyes from feeling dry. A nasal spray can be a lifesaver. FLIGHT SPRAY is a product made particularly for airline travelers. It is one of my favorites. You can find it on Amazon. Flight Spray protects against germs while breathing recycled air and the ingredients are derived from pure plant essences. Lastly, keep your hands clean and away from your face. It sounds simple but it is one of the major ways to prevent the spread of illness. Having sanitizing wipes handy is a convenient way to protect yourself. Choose a natural product free of alcohol and chemicals.


Using these in-flight survival tips should help create a journey that is more relaxed, healthier and gets you started on the right track.