5 wellness rules to abide by when you’re travelling

Follow These Wellness Tips When Flying

You’ll be able to hit the ground running when you land

Beauty Crew Beauty Editor / June 03 2019

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, about 11 million Australians returned from short-term overseas breaks during 2018, and about 1.7 million of these people travelled from Australia to the USA and UK - two of the favoured long-haul holiday destinations for Aussies. Needless to say, we're big fans of clocking up travel miles. Whilst the most exciting thing about a holiday is definitely getting to your destination, checking into your hotel room and exploring all that the city has to offer, the not-so-exciting part about it can be the air travel; we're referring to being stuck in the middle seat during a long flight, having a screaming baby in your ear, and getting jet-lag from crossing different time zones. Not fun. And the reality is, this can happen to all kinds of travellers - even those who are frequent flyers.

The good news is that it *is* possible to feel fresh when you land, especially after a long-haul flight. Sarah Barton, Cabin Crew Training Manager and Uniform Standards/Image & Uniform Training Manager of Emirates, shares her best travel tips for your next flight.


Pick the right food

Did you know that food can contribute greatly to how you feel during and after your long-haul flight? “I recommend that passengers avoid legumes and raw food where possible when flying as this can lead to indigestion and bloating in the air,” says Barton. “It’s also best to reduce the amount of sodium consumed as this can lead to bloating and swelling.” Additionally, she suggests that you “avoid drinking carbonated drinks and eating fatty foods”. Instead, Barton recommends water-based foods, like fruit and raw vegetables, as they can help prevent dehydration and indigestion when travelling. Psst... A lot of airlines actually allow you to pick your meal online right after you check in, which is worth looking into.


Stay hydrated

Your water intake plays a big part in preventing dry skin, so don’t forget to up your fluids when you’re flying. “Staying hydrated on a flight is very important, which is why I recommend that passengers consume approximately 250mL of water every hour,” encourages Barton. We suggest bringing along an empty water bottle in your carry-on and asking a flight attendant to fill your bottle up for you on the flight so you can keep track of how much water you consume.


Drink in moderation

You may be tempted to have a glass of wine (or several!) to get into full holiday mode, and we're not saying it’s not something you should avoid altogether; just make sure you pace yourself. “Alcohol is fine to consume in moderation, however, in order to feel fresh when you land, it is important to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water as well,” says Barton. “The air pressure in an aircraft’s cabin is very dry and with the added effect of alcohol, this can cause passengers to become dehydrated very quickly.”


Prep for your sleep

If you find it hard to get a restful sleep on the plane, this tip is for you: “For me, an eye mask and ear plugs are key to a restful flight,” says Barton. “The eye mask is perfect for blocking bright light and movement, and the ear plugs [can] reduce background noise.” Some airlines, like Emirates, provide amenity kits for passengers across all classes on long-haul flights - their kits include the essentials such as an eye mask, ear plugs, socks, toothbrush and toothpaste.


Stretch it out

Fact: Sitting for hours at a time can cause swelling in the ankles and overall discomfort when you travel. The solution? “I recommend walking up and down the aisles of the aircraft to maintain mobility in the air,” suggests Barton. “It’s usually best to do this more than once so that you don’t experience fluid or water retention. There are [also] several movements passengers can do to stay healthy and active on a flight. To improve circulation in the lower back and to prevent tightening, passengers can place both feet on the floor and move their body from left to right. Passengers can also bend each leg and bring upright to a 90 degree angle as well as roll their ankles and shoulders to help with blood flow and prevent fluid retention.”

If you’re heading overseas, don’t forget to check out our Paris, Milan, New York, London and Hong Kong guides to the best beauty hotspots.

What’s your best tip for staying healthy and feeling fresh when you’re travelling? Let us know in the comments below.

Main image credit: @georgiafowler

Iantha is BEAUTYcrew's Beauty Editor, and has been part of the team since the site launched in 2016. Besides pinky-nude nail polish and wispy false lashes, she has a healthy obsession with face masks and skin care ingredients. Her previous work can be found in Virgin Australia Voyeur, Women's Health, and SHOP Til You Drop.