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The Flight Ahead – Surviving Long Haul Flights Comfortably

Personally, one of my favorite things about travel is getting to fly. Not everyone shares this sentiment. Whatever your thoughts are on planes, it’s the key ingredient on getting you to Africa!

My must haves: empty water bottle, ear plugs, eye mask (or “buff” type cover that will be versatile), & mini toothbrush/toothpaste to freshen up midway through.

We provide you, our client, with a wealth of experience through our owners & guides having “been there, done that!” You want tips from the pros? We’ve got ’em!

Tips for Promoting Health While Flying

  • Get up!
    Sitting for hours upon hours isn’t good on a normal day, let alone on a plane. Muscles need to contract to increase blood flow, so make use of walking in the aisle & wiggling in the bathroom for a bit. If you’re adventurous like I am, hop over to YouTube & find a “plane yoga” video that works for you. Kinda fun!
  • Come comfy!
    Gone are the days of stuffy suits & darling dresses for travel attire. Wear loose fitting clothes (especially on the bottom) because they’re less likely to constrict your blood flow.
    Compression stockings, though they seem to go directly against this rule, are a popular item because they compress veins to keep blood moving. Ask your doctor about them if you’re curious!
    Throw on a scarf to add some style & it will come in handy as an extra pillow, blanket, or face cover too!
  • Drink up!
    Water that is. People tend to “dry up” when they’re flying, be it cotton mouth or roughening skin. Keep hydrated on the inside and the outside with plenty of H2O & some lotion.
    Although you may be excited to indulge in an adult beverage on your flight, keep it to a minimum. Flying increases dehydration & adding alcohol will only worsen that. By all means, still enjoy yourself, just make sure you’re taking care.
  • Sleep!
    It passes the time as well as helping you be more rested upon your arrival. Please do not take any sleeping pills. It may make you sleep harder, but the after effects will be harsher & it will cause you to sleep longer in the same position which means less movement and more blood pooling in your legs. You’ve gotta be awake to get the wiggles out!
  • Prop your feet!
    Use your small carry on bag to place your feet on to elevate them a bit higher than floor level. Even this simple move can keep the swelling down in your feet and ankles. If you’re concerned about clotting, check with your Doc. They may prescribe a low dose aspirin.

Stay entertained!

If you’re like me, you’re more concerned about staving off boredom than anything. “How will I possibly fill a 15 hr flight without going bonkers?!” Easy peasy.

  • Connect!
    If you just can’t live without it, Wi-fi is available for purchase. If you think you can wait until you’re at your wi-fi capable destination, then enjoy the fact that you’re unplugged for a bit! Loved ones can track your flight online themselves if they want to keep an eye on you. It’s fun too!
  • Catch up!
    We all have that one book (or in my case, bookcase) that we’ve been saying we’ll read one day. Well, “one day” is here! Bring 1 of those books that have been looking at you more than you’ve been looking at it & finally enjoy it. Keep it on the light side though- you’ll have to carry it after all.
  • Watch, listen, & play!
    Seat back screens will provide you with movies, shows, music, & games~ more than you can imagine! You can even watch your flight pattern live to see where you’re flying over, how much longer it is until your arrival, how fast you’re going, & more!
  • Be a kid!
    I like bringing a few pencils & a coloring page…for myself. A tiny container of play-doh can entertain your kids (or you!) for a bit as well!
  • Load up!
    Before your trip, load your device with books, music, games, etc. Many things you can get for free & it won’t add any weight to your baggage! Even check out your local library’s website to see what you can check out through their “e” services.

Don’t over pack just to stay entertained. The time will pass faster than you think. Snuggle up with your neck pillow & enjoy the ride.

And, keep in mind: You’re about to go see AFRICA! That’s all the motivation I need.

Happy Flying! ♥

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