Five Tips to Stay Cool & Comfy On A Long Flight

People about to board a plane have plenty of reasons to get excited. However, being inside a plane for many hours can prove to be a test of patience even for those who adore flying. At some point during a flight, It is not uncommon to encounter sources of discomfort such as noisy co-passengers, cramped seats, and air turbulence. In spite of that, no one said it is impossible to get off the plane feeling light and looking fresh. With a few tips and tricks to keep in mind, a long flight will easily be the least of your travel worries

Dress comfortably. 

Your travel getup can greatly influence how comfy or distressing your flight can be. To feel cozy on a plane, you want to don clothing items that will keep you from getting cold such as jackets or blazers. You also want to have a soft shirt or blouse underneath so you can take off your coats when the temperature gets warmer. To make it easy to move around, sneakers with socks is a great choice for footwear. Since those who use contact lenses are at risk of getting dry eyes that can be caused by high pressure on a plane, it is advisable to use a regular eyeglass during flight.

Stay hydrated.

The risk of dehydration is also higher when you are thousands of feet above the ground so keep a conscious effort to drink more water while on a flight. It is best to be ready with a bottle of water in your bag that you can refill once empty.  According to the Aerospace Medical Association (AsMA), a person should drink about 0.25 liters of water for every hour on a plane. You also want to refrain from consuming other beverages such as alcohol, soda, and caffeine while on board.

Bring travel essentials.

Pack your hand-carry bags with items that can ease your discomfort on a plane such as a travel pillow, an mp3 player, or an eye mask . To avoid experiencing ear pain and block out noise that can keep you from snoozing, an earplug will be very helpful. You may also want to bring a nice book to read or download music or movies on your gadgets to stay entertained during a flight. To avoid hunger pangs and keep your body strong, do not forget to pack along healthy snacks such as energy bars, dried fruit, or mixed nuts.

Get moving.

They say sitting too long causes many health problems such as back pain and weight gain. Moreover, being stuck in your plane seat for hours can make people anxious and irritated. Avoid getting body aches and clear your mind by doing a bit of walking and stretching. Those who are smart enough can find opportunities to do this while on a plane. You can take short walks along the aisle to keep your legs moving. While in your seat, you can also take time to stretch your arms and massage your legs.

Choose a good seat.

For more convenience in moving around the plane and to avoid some potential disturbance (such as crying babies), you can choose a good seat position. An exit row seat is often advised for those who want more leg room. Meanwhile, those who want to be near the restroom are advised to pick an aisle seat. You may have to pay an extra fee for this sometimes but it will likely be worth it.

No one can deny that something about riding an airplane sounds so cool. The good news is that you can make it an even better experience by making an effort to stay calm and collected all throughout your journey.

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Traveling Abroad? Use These 6 Tips to Travel Safely

Embarking on a new country can be the adventure of a lifetime. Experiencing new cultures, seeing new terrain and trying new foods are just a few of the benefits of venturing out into uncharted land, but it’s important to stay safe as well. Here are six tips to keep you safe will traveling abroad.

1. Check the US Passports and International Travel Website for Information 

The United States government maintains a website that informs Americans citizens of current safety and security travel concerns. It details the locations of every U.S. embassy and consular office, as well as travel alerts, warnings, advisories, and things to be mindful of.

2. Smart Traveler Enrollment Program

The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program is a service that allows United States citizens and nationals to register their travels with the nearest embassy or consulate. Doing so will automatically enroll you to receive updates on safety information, and allow officials and your family to contact you in the case of an emergency or natural disaster. 

3. Share Travel Information with Friends and Family

Before leaving for your trip, inform your close social circle of your travel plans. While it is unwise to notify social media right away (where strangers and robbers may be lurking your statuses), your family and friends can help keep you safe. Send a quick text with your flight details, your room accomodations (address, room number, etc.) and let them know when you’ve arrived safely. Throughout your trip, check-in with your social circle with short messages or calls about your plans for the day. Although these updates may seem unnecessary, when you’re far away from home, they are the only way anyone can be sure you’re ok without assuming.   

4. Safety In Numbers

It’s always safer to travel in groups. Whether leaving the hotel to grab a bite to eat or checking out the sights, remember to grab a buddy (or two) and stick together for maximum safety. If you plan to venture into crowded areas, stick with your group closely and plan meeting spots in case someone gets separated. For extra safety, wear the same colors or an easily identifiable article of clothing to help you reconnect with your travel mates if you lose each other in a crowd.

5. Make Copies of Documents

Passports, travel arrangements, confirmation numbers, boarding passes, licenses, etc. are all vital documents that can make or break your trip. Instead of relying on digital or original versions of such items, make extra paper copies as backup. Place backup copies in various places to ensure that if your luggage is lost or stolen that all your documents won’t be gone as well.  

6. Don’t Be the Center of Attention

As a tourist, the last thing you want to do is draw attention to yourself. Avoid flashy jewelry, wear clothes that blend in and assimilate with the culture as respectfully as possible. Behave politely and avoid conflict when possible. When on foreign soil, it’s difficult to know every law (both written and implied). To protect yourself and make it home safely, it’s best to fly under the radar by being as invisible as possible while enjoying your trip. 

Traveling is a privilege that shouldn’t be taken for granted. It can change the way we look at the world around us, the way we look at ourselves, and the way we look at others. But even as we set out on such important soul-changing journeys, we must keep safety first. Prepare with these six safety tips and you’ll be able to enjoy your travels without worry.  

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