Holidays and travel

28) In-flight advice

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To have a comfortable flight you should:

Keep hydrated:

  • Drink plenty of fluids to ensure you stay well hydrated.
  • Try to avoid or limit your intake of alcohol and caffeinated drinks, such as tea, coffee or fizzy drinks, as these can make you more thirsty.

Move hourly:
Move around. Sitting still can increase your risk of Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT). This is a blood clot which can develop in the leg and can lead to medical complications.
Do some simple exercises as you fly:

  • Bend and straighten your legs.
  • Press the balls of your feet down hard against the floor.
  • Walk around the cabin when you can.
  • Avoid taking sleeping pills, as these can put you into a deep sleep so you won’t move around  for long periods of time.