15 tips to make your next trip more comfortable

To ensure your flight is a pleasant experience it is worthwhile to heed certain health tips.

These are designed to improve blood circulation, avoid ankle swelling, relieve cramped muscles and help you to arrive with a spring in your step.

Before the Flight

1. If you have a medical condition of any kind whatsoever, be sure to seek advice from your doctor before embarking on an extended flight. She will determine whether your condition could be worsened by air travel.

2. Pack your medicines in your carry-on luggage so you’re prepared for any emergency.

3. Increase your normal intake of water before, throughout and after the flight.

During the Flight

flying, plane1. Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing. Make sure your shoes allow for expanding of feet and ankles.

2. Exercise your legs and flex your feet at regular intervals while seated to improve blood circulation and help avoid foot and ankle swelling.

3. Get up and walk at least every two hours to encourage blood circulation and relieve tense and cramped muscles. Do some stretches for your upper body as well as for your legs and freshen up to make you feel better as well.

4. Deep breathing exercises while you are up, but also while you are seated, help muscles to relax and alleviate sluggishness. They may also help to induce sleep.

5. Drink alcoholic beverages and tea and coffee in moderation as these have a dehydrating effect on the body.

6. Set your watch to the time of your destination to help your body adjust to this new reality during the flight.

On Arrival

1. Happy senior male sitting on bench with a city mapContinue to drink plenty of water.

2. Walk as much as you can to get your circulation going.

3. If needed take a short nap on arrival that revives you without interfering with your night-time sleep.