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Usually when we think of flying, we think of it taking its toll on our wallet, or even our sanity. We don’t usually think of it taking a toll on our health. Yet many times after flights, we end up feeling sluggish and sickly. Thankfully, with a few simple tweaks, we can make sure we arrive at our destinations feeling in tip-top shape.

Stay Hydrated

More often than not getting to your flight can be a hassle. Between dropping off luggage, going through security, stopping at gift shops (we all do it!), by the time you’ve reached your gate it could have been hours and you haven’t had a drop of water to drink. Add to that the fact that the humidity inside a plane can be up to 20 percent lower than what we’re used to, we can end up quite dehydrated. Now I’m not saying you have to give up your favorite coffee drink but also make sure you drink plenty of water. You can also bring your own empty bottle and fill it up at water fountains (or often fast foods let you fill it up). Also skip the sugar laden sport drinks and go for coconut water which has natural electrolytes.

Pack your own healthy meals and snacks

While you cannot bring through security more than 3 ounces of liquid, you actually can bring along your own food as long as it is properly stored. While there is always the temptation of eating a giant cinnamon roll, instead pack some fresh fruit to satiate your sweet tooth. You can bring along hard boiled eggs, a veggie packed salad, or even make your own trail mix. Not only will it help control overeating but it keeps from overspending as well.

Bring Sneakers

Easy to slip off shoes, like flip flops, are great for going through security but they’re not necessarily ideal for walking. Bringing along sneakers is an easy way to promote activity because you’re more likely to take the stairs if you have comfortable shoes. When you reach your destination don’t just rely on a car or public transportation. The best way to get a feel for a new city is usually by walking around and exploring the sites on foot.

Don’t Sit For Too Long

Between spending hours on an airplane, waiting at the gate, or lounging between layovers, flying can seem like quite the sedentary activity. Try to make a habit of moving around at least a little bit every hour. Walk around the airport, take a look at stores, or at the very least, stand up and stretch out. Obviously if you’re on a packed flight, it may be difficult to stand up and move around. Instead, make an active effort to have good posture and occasionally stretch out your back. Also, you spend a couple seconds tensing up certain muscles (like abdominals) as a way to keep things moving.

Sleep Well The Night Before

Staying up late partying the night before your flight is probably not the best idea if you want to be alert and SOMETHING. Even if you plan to catch some in flight sleep, airplanes aren’t always very comfortable or even quiet. Missing out on sleep can leave you less attentive which can lead to forgetting things at home or stumbling through security at a slower pace than usual. If you still want to sleep on your flight, make sure to pack an eye mask, a neck pillow, and some light earplugs. Though it’s probably best to just leave the partying to after reaching your destination.

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