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Air Travel Tips

There are many things to take into consideration to plan for good post-wedding air travel. Here are some suggestions on how to have the best airplane travel experience while on your way to your destination. If you are not a regular air traveler, take extra precautions while preparing for your vacation.

Seat Assignments

All of us have a preference on seats: aisle, window; But there is really a lot more to consider. When reserving your tickets, make sure you get your seat assignments right away. If the plane has any seat combinations for 2, definitely try to snatch those. Pick your preferred location, aisle or window and the other seat for your honey. Other important and often ignored preferences deal with where you are seated in the plane.  Don’t get seats within 4-5 rows of the bathroom, especially in longer flights. You don’t want to start off or end your vacation with sewage smells or overflow. Also, airplane air can fluctuate, so it’s better to sit nearer to the front or back of the airplane and not in the dead center. The air in the center of the plane can be warmer and have less airflow, plus you may feel more claustrophobic with people surrounding you. If you are prone to airsickness then choose a seat by the airplane wing.

Eating & Drinking

The first thing you will want to do after the wedding is relax. Once you board the plane, try to stay away from drinking alcohol and caffeine. The altitude and dehumidified air will dehydrate you and the alcohol or caffeine will heighten this reaction. Drink plenty of water or fruit juices. If you really want a drink, drink 3 times as much water. This will also help prevent jet lag. Hydration can prevent feeling even more worn out once you deplane. Also, don’t eat too much airplane food, since it tends to be heavy and the added sugars can increase dehydration. Eat lightly or bring your own healthy snacks.

Sitting Comfortably

Wear comfortable clothes and shoes that allow you to stretch. Stay away from tights or panty hose that can decrease your circulation. Try not to put your bags under the seat in front of you so that you can stretch throughout the flight. Place a pillow behind your lower back to decrease back soreness. When allowed to take off your seatbelt, stand and walk about the cabin to keep your blood circulated.

Stretching and hydrating can help prevent Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT), blood clots in the legs. Symptoms of DVT include one ankle swelling a lot more than the other, calf/thigh pain or tenderness, heart palpitations or chest pain. If you have circulation or blood clotting problems, consult a doctor before traveling. They may suggest taking asprin to help with circulation.

Exercise your legs and arms

  • Rotate your feet in circles
  • Flex and point your feet
  • Raise your knee to your chest and back to the floor
  • Rotate your arms in circles
  • Slowly arch and curl your back

Get more information about traveling on our Travel Health page.

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