Taking the plane would be the most convenient way to move from one country to another. However, it can also be accompanied by discomfort at the same time. Two of the most conditions that passengers cannot avoid is having a jet lag and bloating.
Following some of these simple instructions may help feel more comfortable during a long flight. To avoid getting bloated, try to minimize consuming these foods and liquids.
- Gas causing foods & drinks – these include soda, beans, chilies, chewing gums
- Dehydrating drinks such as coffee and alcohol. It makes you feel uneasy when you are dehydrated
- High-fat & high-sodium foods which they include french fries, burgers, burritos and many more. Because of the high altitude during the flight, our stomach finds it hard to digest these kinds of foods, which can lead to bloating
- Fibrous fruits – these include apples and oranges as the most popular types. Too much fiber in foods can cause the stomach some indigestion. Additionally, these foods are high in vitamin c which means there is a certain amount of acid that can make us urinate more often.
During the flight
Make sure that you choose a good seat. If you are planning to sleep the whole time, the best place would be near the window. However if you want to have easy access to the toilet or you would love to stretch yourself regularly, it would be better to take the aisle seat.
The atmosphere in a flying airplane can be so dry. To combat that dryness, make sure that you rehydrate yourself regularly while on the flight. Drink plenty of water every 2 hours. If you are wearing contact lenses, remove it or use an eye drop solution regularly to humidify your eyes.
Some people may experience air sickness such as dizziness, vomiting, and nausea. This is the reason why you need to bring some over-the-counter medications for prevent these problems. Read how to pack first-aid-kit. Additionally, avoid those foods being mentioned above.
For a long flight, it would better if you carry neck pillows and an entertainment set with you. Additionally, you can also bring some chocolate bars for snacks, or bring a book to read.
When the plane has landed
Once the plane has arrived, take some rest and do some stretches on your body. It is going to be more uncomfortable if you travel on different time zones. Jet lag is unavoidable and the only thing you can do is to adopt the current environment. First, you just need follow your body clock’s eating and sleeping patterns until you slowly adjust.
If problems persist, it is advisable to call your doctor. This is the time that you may need to use your travel insurance as they may assist you with your health issue.
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