Most airplanes are flying cess pits. We presume that the seat we are in is clean, but to be quite frank, the chances that your seat, the floor, the food tray and the toilet are teeming with the saliva and bodily fluids of several random strangers is quite high. 
Unfortunately unless we suddenly sprouted a pair of wings and were able to fly or teleport ourselves from one location to another or are so stinking rich that we owned our own personal plane, we are stuck flying with strangers with questionable personal hygiene. Well any way, here are our tips for avoiding or at least lessening the effects of jet lag and traveling like a pro.


Pay a visit to your dermatologist
Jet lag, dry airplane air, the change in temperature and water can wreak havoc on your face and skin. If you, like most people happily use those dinky hotel toiletries with glee,  sorry to burst your bubble but, most hotel face washes are probably as gentle to your skin as dish washing liquid, so I would suggest skipping them if you don’t want to break out in a rash. Instead, ask your dermatologist for samples of your prescription lotion, cleanser, moisturiser and sunscreen. Even if they’re different from what you usually use, they’ll still be gentler on your skin than most hotel toiletries and most derms are more than happy to pass along samples to their patients.

Keep your skin hydrated

Airplane air is super drying for your skin, so be sure to bring along a soothing and hydrating facial and hair mist that you can spritz on your face and hair throughout the journey. A hydrating sheet mask is also a great option to keep your skin bouncy and hydrated, especially during a long haul flight.

Let your inner germaphobe loose
Airplanes are teeming with microscopic creepy crawlies. While many people think they come down with the flu after flying because they inhale stale, contaminated air, the CDC found that in most newer-model planes, as much as 50% of cabin air passes through multiple filters, which capture 99.9% of particles, 20-30 times per hour. The problem has more to do with the armrests, tray tables, and everything else passengers touch, where germs can set up camp for up to a week.

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So be sure to swipe an alcohol wipe over your tray table and armrests. And before eating or touching your face, wash your hands with soap and water, so you don’t spend most of your vacation or business trip in the toilet.

Drink more water and less alcohol
The humidity on an airplane is so low, its said to be even lower than that of a desert and if you are on a long haul flight, you can get severely dehydrated. In fact, an adult human being can lose up to two litres of water on a ten-hour flight. So if you are drinking and flying at the same time, the combined effect can be quite severe. So while it can be hard to say no to the free flow of alcohol, do try and restrain yourself.

Prevent sore muscles and clots
If you are stuck in one position for two or more hours, the chances are, you are going to get sore, no matter how good your posture or your neck pillow. The best thing would be to get up and walk around every hour, but that’s only possible if you are seated next to the aisle. If you are stuck between passengers who give you the stink eye each time you try to get up and stretch your legs, place a tennis ball between your back and the seat and shift your torso slightly to roll it around. This will act like a mini-massage to loosen up knots and prevent new ones.

Eat like a healthy local.
Treating yourself is part of the pleasure of traveling, but overindulging throughout the trip can lead to bloating, constipation and breakouts! So treat yourself, but also eat healthy, so you don’t end up spending most of your trip in the toilet.

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We hope these tips keep you healthy and comfortable on your travels. And if you have any suggestions, do comment and share them with us!