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Summer Travel Tips To Keep You Healthy When Flying

By David Saunders, Health Editor  | UPDATED: 11:28, 01 April 2020

Supermodel Naomi Campbell recently revealed the extraordinary hygiene routine she undertakes every time she takes a flight.

Since dehydration and air travel can often lead you to feeling a little exhausted upon arrival, we asked our experts the best advice on what to pack for your vacation to keep your health in top shape.

Beat the bloat

“Bloating and cramps are not uncommon with air travel. Due to air pressure, gas in the intestinal will expand at around 30% when flying. To prevent the bloat, it’s advisable to pass on the carbonated drinks and gassy foods like broccoli, beans, and onions before your flight.  You may also want to switch your usual airplane coffee with peppermint tea and pack some Chia seeds” advises London’s Leading Nutrtitionist, Lily Soutter

Try packing Nairn’s Ancient Grain Oatcakes, they can be easily packed into hand luggage and will supply you with a high-fibre hit.  And since ancient grains contain energy boosting vitamins B & C, you’ll arrive feeling refreshed and energised. (£1.39, Waitrose)

 Keep Hydrated

It’s easy to become dehydrated whilst flying, as the air inside a plane cabin is very dry, so make sure to drink plenty of water.  The one bottle of water supplied by the flight attendants won’t be enough for a long haul flight, so to avoid the hassle of constantly having to ask for water, bring along your own filtered water bottle and fill it up at the stations at the airport.

Care For Your Skin

Long haul flights are known to take a toll on skin. To make sure you reach your destination looking fresh and rested, hydrate your skin at regular intervals throughout the flight. Invest in some high quality natural moisturiser and a face mask, just don’t forget to keep it under 100ml!

Opt for a healthy choice at the airport

We’ve all been there, you’ve been encouraged to arrive at the airport hours before your flight and by some trick of nature you’re checked in and through security in no time.  Go for a healthy option from itsu and avoid any sluggish feelings on the plane and beyond.

itsu’s extensive menu offers many hot and cold dishes for under £5, so you can eat beautiful without breaking the bank! Instead of opting for a Twix with a whopping 286 of sugar packed calories, grab itsu’s veggie club rolls (£3.49, Available Nationwide and in most major airports).

The carrots in these rolls contain 45% of your daily intake of vitamin A and the seaweed contains 15% of your daily iodine intake. So for 208 kcals, this dish is the perfect pre-flight snack to leave you feeling light and energised.

Keep Germs at Bay

Once you’re on the plane, use your wipes to disinfect hard surfaces: your tray table (top and bottom), your armrests, your TV-screen remote, your seat buckle and the call buttons. The tray table is the most important — it tops the list for bacteria per square inch.

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