Hey there, fellow travelers! Welcome to Trendphobia where I share all my best tips and tricks to make your travel experiences unforgettable. Today, we’re diving into a topic that’s crucial for anyone taking to the skies: flying tips and what not to do on an airplane.
So, grab your favorite travel pillow, settle into your seat, and let’s dive into my top flying tips: what not to do on an airplane. Let’s go!
Avoid drinking the water
Airline tap water is notorious for being bacteria-prone. Numerous tests have shown that a high percentage of airplanes still have bacteria in the water served on board. While most airplanes no longer serve drinking water from the tap, it’s best to avoid ice cubes made from the same water. Additionally, it’s advisable to opt out of coffee or tea, as caffeinated beverages can leave you dehydrated and disrupt your sleep.
Flight tip: Choose bottled or canned drinks and opt for bottled water, which is usually available on board.
Don’t sleep during takeoff or landing
During the plane’s ascent and descent, the air pressure around you changes rapidly, causing discomfort in your ears. Falling asleep during these pressure changes can make it harder for your ears to equalize the pressure. It’s best to stay awake until your ears pop, ensuring a smoother and more comfortable experience.
Keep the air vent over your seat on
Opening the air vents above your seat not only provides a pleasant breeze but also helps blow away airborne germs before they enter your personal zone. It’s recommended by doctors to set the adjustable air vent to medium or high during the flight, especially for protection against illnesses like the Covid-19 coronavirus.
Move around and stretch during the flight
Staying seated for the entire duration of the flight can lead to reduced circulation and an increased risk of developing deep vein thrombosis (DVT). To prevent this, it’s important to move your legs, stretch, and walk around the plane whenever possible. Simple exercises like raising your toes, flexing and relaxing your calf muscles, and avoiding tight clothing that restricts circulation can help keep the blood flowing and reduce the risk of DVT.
Be mindful of your food choices
Eating too much, particularly heavy and salty foods, before or during your flight can make you feel uncomfortable, sluggish, and bloated. The lack of physical movement on board slows down the digestive system, causing food to remain in your digestive tract for longer. Opt for lighter meal options like vegetables, fish, salads, and soups that provide satisfaction without causing fluid retention or discomfort. If these options aren’t available on your flight, consider packing your own food.
Avoid eating food that has fallen on the tray table
Surprisingly, tray tables on airplanes harbor high levels of harmful bacteria. Since they are not sterilized between flights and only cleaned once a day, it’s best to let go of any fallen food that comes in contact with the tray table.
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Consider wearing glasses instead of contact lenses
The dry air in the airplane cabin can cause irritation to your eyes, especially when wearing contact lenses. Wearing glasses during the flight can provide more comfort and reduce the urge to rub your eyes.
Remember to moisturize and protect your skin
Airplanes and flying can be extremely drying for your skin. Don’t forget to moisturize, preferably with a product that has built-in SPF to protect against the sun’s rays. Even when inside the plane, UV radiation can still reach your skin through the windows.
Limit alcohol consumption
Alcohol is dehydrating and can worsen the already low humidity inside the airplane. It can also disrupt your sleep quality, particularly REM sleep. Lower oxygen levels and onboard pressure can decrease your tolerance for alcoholic beverages, leading to faster intoxication. Excessive drinking can also weaken your immune system, making you more susceptible to illnesses.
Stay hydrated throughout the flight
The air inside the cabin is dry and low in humidity, which can lead to dehydration. It’s important to drink plenty of water to counteract the moisture loss from breathing and the high altitude. While it’s advisable to avoid tap water on board, you can purchase a bottle after passing through security or ask the flight attendants for bottled water. Another option is to bring an empty bottle and fill it at the water fountain after the security check.
Don’t hesitate to inform the flight crew if you’re feeling unwell
If you’re not feeling well during the flight, don’t hesitate to notify the flight crew. They are trained to handle a wide range of health and medical emergencies and can provide the necessary assistance and support. Your health and well-being should never be considered an inconvenience.
By keeping these tips in mind, you can enhance your flying experience and arrive at your destination feeling refreshed and ready to explore.
In conclusion, by following these flying tips and being mindful of what not to do on an airplane, you can have a more comfortable and enjoyable travel experience. Remember to choose bottled drinks, stay awake during pressure changes, use the air vent, move around, opt for lighter meals, be cautious of tray tables, moisturize your skin, and limit alcohol consumption. Safe travels and happy adventures!
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