1.) Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! Drinking between 8 and 10 glasses of water per day is recommended, especially when going on an airplane. Airplanes are very dry, and you don’t want to kick off your trip with dehydration (symptoms of which include muscle cramping, headaches, body aches, and nausea).
2.) Bring a travel pillow. Airplane seats are certainly getting comfier; however, when resting on a plane, the neck needs extra support to prevent the “neck flop” (we’ve all seen and probably done it). A travel cervical pillow keeps your neck and mid-back in good alignment as you dream of your vacation plans. And don’t forget the kids! Their little necks need support as well.
3.) Minimize swelling. Move your ankles and feet in fun alphabet shapes periodically throughout the flight. This will help decrease any swelling that can occur in your calves, especially if you struggle with circulation.
4.) Straighten up! Take that extra sweater you packed and carefully roll it into a log shape. This will serve as a lumbar roll for your low back to maintain good seated posture during the flight.
5.) Luggage love! Keep your luggage “symmetrical” on both sides of you, if possible. Try carrying one bag on one shoulder and holding one suitcase in the other hand. This will help keep your spine straight as you walk (or run) through the airport.
Enjoy your travels!