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Long haul flights can be like a drain, sucking all the moisture out of your skin and leaving you feeling tired and dry. This leads to you not being at your best when you arrive at your destination. You might not be fully aware and can have trouble dealing with ground transportation and directions.
It’s important to stay hydrated, so bring with you a bottle of water. Here are a few more ways to avoid dehydration when flying!
BYO Water Bottle
Treat your long haul flight like a race you’re training for. Drink as much water in the days leading up to it as possible. While it can be annoying to have to toss your water bottle through security, it’s easier to bring a refillable one and fill it once you get to your gate. Many gates are now equipped with stations to fill your own bottle in order to save the plastic from going to landfills. Others, however, haven’t caught on to this trend so you may have to buy a bottle or fill in the bathroom sink. My personal favorite water bottle is my Vapur, as it folds up very small.
Hydrating Drinks and Mixes
Before you leave home, drink beverages that are high in electrolytes, typically those used by athletes. These include Gatorade, Powerade and Lucozade. Resource Water is another good example as it has water and electrolytes. 100 Plus is a popular hydrating option in Malaysia. You can also drink these once you land to re-hydrate.
When you’re in flight, try products like 1Above*, a beverage created just for staying hydrated while flying. You can also bring mixes to add to your water for added benefits. Pedialyte is made for children, but is great for its re-hydrating quality. There’s also products by Nuun and Clif that add both flavor and electrolytes into your water.
When it comes to drinking beverages in flight, remember that your senses are deadened while flying. You might want something with extra flavor like tomato juice or club soda. Coconut water is another good choice to bring on board or purchase as it can be almost as good for you as water. Fruits and smoothies are another great option as you can almost always find a Jamba Juice or something similar at major airports.
Be sure to make room in your TSA friendly toiletry bag for some lotion. You’ll want to replenish your hands and even your face a few times during your flight. Nivea Creme* is a must-have for long flights. Use it to keep your hands soft, put some on your lips when they’re feeling chapped and even on your eyelids to soothe them. Other brands I recommend are Aveeno Skin Relief moisturising lotion, which can last all day.
Other In Flight Essentials
Other items you might want to have on your flight are moisturising spray from Evian* or The Body Shop, lip balm and an overnight face mask. You may even bring cucumber eye pads to put underneath your eye mask to keep your eyes feeling fresh even when you’re sleeping.
More recommendations from FB page: saline nose sprays (Fess), hydralite, eye mist or eye drops.
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What to Avoid
It’s a no brainer that alcohol and salty snacks have dehydrating effects. Caffeine can also make you lose moisture. So unless you’re a nervous flier who is looking to calm down before takeoff, limit your alcohol intake if you can.
Do you have any other tips for staying hydrated while flying?