How to Stop Travel from Wreaking Havoc on your Body
Blog post by Lisa Pitel-Killah
We all have our amazing at home routines, but what happens when you have to travel for work. Some of us travel short distances, some long and many often. So what are some amazing things you can do to make sure you’re still performing at the top of your game, after getting off the airplane....
SHORT HAUL FLIGHTS
Short haul flights that are less than 3 hours, ok the flight is short BUT you still need to pay attention to a few key things:
1. Stay hydrated – Most airlines keep the cabin at approximately 10-15% humidity
which will cause dehydration. I always make sure to grab a bottle of water before
I board the plane so I have lots.
2. Stay away from Caffeine – This will enhance dehydration even further.
3. Blue light – If you are staying overnight in a hotel, black out the blue light. Put the
phone down, use the face cloths to cover any blue or red lights in the room and
shut off the TV an hour before shut eye. Maybe you like to read before you go to
bed, keep it similar to your at home routine, but shutting down the blue light cues
the body to produce Melatonin.
LONG HAUL FLIGHTS
Long haul flights that are more than 3 hours you are going to want to have some extra tricks up your sleeve, in addition to the rules above:
1. Have a sleep kit – Make sure you pack well and have a sleep kit that includes the
necessities: sleep mask, earplugs, lavender essential oil and noise blocking
headphones. If you are on a super long haul you may want to include some
Melatonin in your kit to enhance sleep.
2. Move around – I love aisle seats when travelling because it gives me the ability to
get up, do some stretches (without bothering people), and get the blood moving.
3. Compression socks – this is my new favourite. I don’t know about you, but when I
am on a plane for more than 3 hours my legs start to swell, but compression
socks make sure this doesn’t happen. If you have not tried this little trick, it is a
4. Travel pillow – Don’t forget your travel pillow, it allows you to have a restful sleep
without needing a Chiropractor as soon as you land.
5. Snacks – Sometimes you might get hungry on the plane so bring some snacks.
Dark chocolate, jerky, bananas, nuts, seeds; all great choices and you can usually
find these inside the airport before you board!
So the next time you are getting ready to travel, think about all of the things you can pack ahead of time to make your journey a comfortable and successful one. Whether you are boarding the plane for work, or pleasure, these simple guidelines will let you arrive rested, fuelled and ready to take on what’s next!