Travel Tips: 8 Things to Avoid on Any Flight

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While flying isn’t quite as glam as it was during the golden era of air travel, you can still feel like a star upon arrival. Feel refreshed and in vacation only mode when you consider these 8 things to avoid on every flight.

Tip #1 – Don’t zone out during the safety briefing

The information from a safety briefing doesn’t take a lot of time, & in the event of an emergency, you will know what to expect and what to do. Turn off your device and lend an ear to the crew while they present procedures to passengers. I’m sure they don’t like saying it over and over daily, weekly, etc, any more than we like to hear it, but it’s for everyone’s safety.

Tip #2 – Don’t sit for the entire flight

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Do be sure to stretch, get up, and walk a bit every hour of your flight to prevent blood clots plus provide some relief to your back, legs, & stiff muscles. A lumbar support pillow can also prevent a sore back upon arrival.

Tip #3 – Don’t put a bag overhead than can fit under the seat

You might not want to give up the space for your feet, but if your bag can fit there & you’re storing it overhead, it’s considered rather inconsiderate to other passengers. Plan your bags accordingly. Keep items you will want to access more often easy to grab.

Tip #4 – Don’t drink carbonated beverages or too much alcohol

Ordering your beloved Pepsi Zero onboard might be tempting, but the carbonation could cause heartburn, gas, and bloating, leaving you uncomfortable for the duration of your flight and later. Alcohol can affect you more quickly in the air, worsen motion sickness, & even prevent you from boarding your connecting flight if the gate agent deems you intoxicated. Stick with your bottled water to stay hydrated and comfortable.

Tip #5 – Don’t turn off your air vent

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Airplanes can be quite cold, but instead of turning off your vent overhead, try adding layers of clothing to warm up. When you allow your air vent to work at a medium to high level, you help circulate cabin air and can prevent germs from hovering around your seat area. This is even more important now than ever.

Tip #6 – Don’t skip the moisturizer

The combination of low humidity, recycled air, & dry cabins can be drying on your skin when you fly. Before flying, slather on lip balm and a moisturizer with SPF (those windows don’t protect against UV rays!) and then after landing, wash your face and apply moisturizer again to keep your skin clean and soft.

Tip #7 – Don’t order beverages made with water

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I hope my next airplane seat looks like this one! Haha!
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It’s no secret that water on airplanes can be quite … questionable. Pipes and tanks only historically need mandatory cleaning 4x per year, & your hot beverage water is coming from this tap. Skip the tea or coffee and bring along your own bottled water for drinking or mixing with baby formula. This might have changed with Covid, but until we know more, it can’t hurt to be cautious!

Tip #8 – Don’t use the seat pocket

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Flight attendants remove trash from the seat pockets, but this part of the plane is never properly cleaned. When you consider some of the disgusting items passengers dispose of here, do you really want to store your bottled water or iPad there? No. You don’t. And of course, again, we might find that covid policies have changed that but until you’re sure, I wouldn’t do it.

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