Tips for healthy travel you have to consider when traveling

First Plane Ride (Takeoff)

If you are prone to motion sickness during journeys, including; plane take-off, landing, speeding motors or in the event of turbulence, focus on a fixed object. Some people believe that applying pressure to your earlobes can reduce nausea.

To reach your destination feeling fresh, relaxed and rejuvenated here are tips for healthy travel you have to consider when traveling.

Sleep. Whatever means of transport you will be using try to get a good night’s sleep before your travel day, at least 6 – 8 hours of good sleep will do. When traveling using aircraft or ship sometimes you will be forced to travel across time zones, your body’s sleep rhythms can become disrupted, leading to insomnia, loss of appetite and fatigue. Prepare your body clock by getting a good night’s sleep before your flight or boarding on a ship. Try to give yourself a couple of relaxed days to adjust to new night and day cycles when you arrive. 

Eating habits. Whatever means of transport you are using be sure to eat a light meal and take some gentle exercise before traveling. Avoid too much salt, sugar and dairy products. Try to steer clear of fizzy drinks and moderate your intake of alcohol, tea, and coffee.

Dressing. Always mind how you dress. This is mostly very vital when you are traveling by air. Wear loose, comfortable clothing always and shoes that are not restrictive.

Drinks. On longer journeys drink plenty of water and fruit juice (keeping alcohol, tea, and coffee to a minimum). When traveling on road be sure if the bus will make interval halt on the way for passengers to answer the call of nature otherwise you will be under unnecessary pressure which can bring harm to your health at last. Drink lots of water while flying. Drinking little and often is the best. If possible, remove contact lenses and apply skin moisturizer and lip balm for women when traveling on air. Try breathing through a handkerchief soaked in water.

Safety. Please watch the safety demonstration before take-off. For flights refer to the leaflet in your seat pocket. For buses and ships refer to the respective notice boards available. Smoking is prohibited on almost all means of transport. For flights, electronic devices may not be used during taxing, take-off climbing, descent, and landing.

Keep fit. When traveling using aircraft, keep your circulation going by standing up and walking in the aisle when possible. Sluggish circulation causes tiredness, muscle cramps and water retention (the cause of swollen feet). It can also result in blood clots, which are potentially dangerous. Avoid all these by standing up and walking, flex different muscles in your feet, legs, arms, shoulders, and neck irrespective of the mode of transport you are using.

After journey adjustments. On arrival at your destination spend as much time as possible outside on the sun and free circulation of air. Sunlight will allow your body to adjust to the new time schedules you are facing after traveling across time zones.
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