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Nothing is more disappointing than feeling ill during a holiday escape or fighting sickness first thing upon return. Follow these 5 steps to stay as healthy as possible while flying.

Before flying

Get a flu shot

Boost your immune system and strengthen your defenses against flu, whether you’re travelling to a warm or cold destination. Aim to get the vaccine 2 weeks before your trip to ensure the shot has enough time to start providing protection.

Take ibuprofen

Before your flight, take ibuprofen. This will help alleviate inflammation, which will reduce the risk of deep vein thrombosis or clotting by thinning the blood. Also, ibuprofen will help if you get headaches on flights, just as it does when we’re flat on the ground.

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On the airplane

Disinfect your seat

Clean your seat, clean the belt buckle, clean the tray table, and even clean the toilet seat. A simple sanitising wipe can be the best safeguard against germs.

Stretch hourly

Get up and stretch your legs, give your calves a nice massage every so often, or at least the very least, rotate and flex your ankles. If you want to take it a step further, wear compression stockings. This will help fight the risk of deep vein thrombosis or blood clots.

Stay hydrated

The constant exposure to the dry airplane air can weaken our immune system. Dehydration also contributes heavily jetlag, which can make us feel sick after the flight is long over. But staying hydrated can offset the dry air exposure and combat jetlag. Also, the act of drinking increases how much we swallow, which helps with alleviate ear pain during takeoff and landing. Not to mention, staying hydrated makes us feel and look fresh!