Travel Light: Check Those Heavy Bags
Many passengers are tempted to cram a heavy bag into the plane’s overhead cabin. However, lifting heavy objects overhead can hurt the back or neck. Not only will that make the flight unbearable, but can also ruin the trip. Check that heavy bag to avoid the risk of a neck or back injury.
Alternately instead of having a bulging heavy bag to check, pack several smaller cases which will be easier to carry. Rolling luggage can be much easier to handle when negotiating the airport. Having lighter luggage will make lifting while climbing stairs a much easier task.
Move around: remember circulation
Sitting in the same position for hours is hard on the body’s circulation. The best thing to do it to move around in the seat as much as possible without disturbing the other passengers. Once the plane is in the air, if the flight attendant approves, try to walk around a little. Just this small amount of movement will help to keep the circulation flowing and reduce the risk of blood clots.
Brace up: support the back
Small and uncomfortable seats is the number one complaint from frequent flyers. Back pain is a common problem on long flights. People who are struggling to find a comfortable position during a flight should take along a pillow and use it as a back support. Passengers who don’t have a pillow can roll up a sweater for the same effect. A neck pillow will also help to reduce strain and discomfort.
Stay grounded: keep feet on the floor
One of the best ways to avoid back strain while flying is to keep the feet on the floor at all times. If the seat is too high to place the feet flat on the floor of the plane, use a footrest such as a bag. Don’t be tempted to sit with legs or ankles crossed as this can cause circulatory problems.
Stay hydrated: drink plenty of water
Staying hydrated while flying is key. The Aerospace Medical Association suggests that passengers drink 8 ounces of water for every hour in the air. Long flights are especially important as dehydration happens quickly. But don’t drink too much water at once. This merely dilutes the blood and causes the kidneys to excrete water faster.