Prescription for the Long Haul

This was written by me many many years ago. So if I have written before on the Long Haul, please indulge me and read again! Reminders are always good and many of you are planning long airplane flights in the next few weeks. Here are a few suggestions to help keep you more comfortable!

Prepare for the long haul.

The day before, eat veggies… and a large pasta dinner. For you are going on a marathon, and the runners eat pasta.. as it slowly yields energy.
Have low salt or veggie meals ordered for your flights. (now you can tell how long ago this was originally written!)

While Flying…

Drink six ounces of water or more every three hours of flying.. Carry your empty water bottle through security and fill on the other side.

Do not drink carbonated drinks. The bubbles just sit in you and make you uncomfortable.

Do not eat peanuts. Too salty and makes you store water- feet and hands swell.

Drink juice and go light on the alcohol: same reason.

Wear elastic stretch or surgical stocking on the plane, a must.

Wear comfortable clothes and natural fibers. The skin needs to breathe too.

Find an extra seat to keep your feet up! (Again written long time ago!)

Walk up and down the aisles every six hours or less. It’s good for circulation and helps prevent blood clots.

Wash and moisturize your hands and face regularly. The airplane air is extremely dry. Eye drops may also be helpful.

Do not touch anything on the plane you do not need to. Use a paper towel.

Lastly, put a smile on your face for most everyone is feeling the same as you.

Have a comfortable flight.

P.S. Once flying home from Barbados, I put some bougainvillea, flower-like spring leaves near its flowers and very frail, in my hat. The leaves dried instantly and I had a memory to last forever! But eventually they did get too dusty!

About alwaysharriet

With thirty years experience in corporate and leisure travel consulting, Harriet Ahouse has traveled extensively throughout the Caribbean and worldwide. An avid scuba diver, she understands the requirements of travelers both on land and in the water. On the European scene she has offered traditional and personalized travel itineraries throughout the continent--Italy, France, and England are some of her favorites. As a Virtuoso Agent, she also has extensive resources to enhance her expertise in designing individual destination travel itineraries--and honeymoons--worldwide!
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