Summer travel is upon us, and though I thoroughly enjoy traveling, it can be filled with unhealthy stops along the way—starting with the plane ride. Back in the day, I’d chalk travel up to a “cheat day” and fill up on candy and whatever else was lingering in the terminal, but nowadays, I’m much more mindful. As I gear up for upcoming trips, I wanted to pull together 5 in-air things that help keep my health in check.
This goes without saying, but typically airlines don’t provide the healthiest snack options, or even edible ones at times (flan on a flight? Hard pass). I always pack my own healthy snacks to keep from making poor decisions in the terminal, or being super hungry when I land. My favorite go-to options are nuts, dried fruit, and protein bars—they’re all easy to pack and don’t spoil easily.
Move around often
It’s not healthy to sit for long periods of time, so especially on long flights, it’s crucial to move every hour or so. To help me do this, I try to get an aisle seat so that I can get up and walk around without stressing about waking anyone up. I head to the back of the plane and touch my toes for a minute or two, too. Feels sooo good.
Compression socks are helpful on international or cross-country flights because they help prevent blood clots. If you’re stuck in a middle seat or will be sleeping on a long flight, invest in compression socks to help your circulation system.
It’s super important to stay hydrated in general, but especially while traveling. The re-circulated air in planes is known to dry out your skin and cause major dehydration—total travel downer. To prevent this, drink lots of water before you board and during the flight (more reason to sit aisle if possible). I make it a habit to refill my reusable bottle right after passing through security, then ask the flight attendants to re-fill during service. I love bringing some sort of hydrating facial mist, like this one, too!
There’s an essential oil to help with almost every ailment out there—whether it’s general stress, travel anxiety, or motion sickness. I personally like traveling with lavender and eucalyptus. Lavender is super calming, and eucalyptus helps my sinuses with the pressure changes from being in an airplane.
Those 5 things and an antibacterial wipe down of my seat (yes, I’m that person), and I’m good to go!