There are some dumb ways to die, and flying can be one of them. Here are ten great tips for long-haul flights from my upcoming talk at the Global Speakers Summit 2018 in New Zealand.
In my talk, I will be sharing my experience of saving a fellow passenger’s life on a long haul flight from Dubai to Singapore. This passenger needed a Doctor, a shot of adrenaline and some antihistamines, none of which were onboard at the time they went into respiratory failure! So, if you are a fellow speaker heading to #GSS2018 in NZ, I don’t want you to wait for my conference talk ‘Staying Whole and Healthy on the Road’ to have some great travel tips.
1. Start adjusting your body clock two days prior. Eat, rest, sleep, work and play at the new time. Get some natural light when you arrive to help your body adjust.
2. Mix business and holidays trips to reduce your lifetime exposure to altitude.
3. Minimise stress by arriving early at check-in and use the extra time to stroll the airport, instead of sitting in a cramped and noisy departure lounge or eating extra food that you don’t need in the flight club. Gas expands in your body once you are in the air and all that extra food will get stuck.
4. Manage increased cellular pressures by moving your body hourly to help release trapped gases. Eat small in-flight meals or skip them all together.
5. Ear pain can be reduced by swallowing, chewing gum and yawning during takeoff and landing. Take a decongestant if you have a cold or nasal allergy. Don’t SCUBA dive within 24 hours of a flight.
6. DVT killed my 50-year-old builder on a plane to Tokyo. See your Doctor if you have an injury or had recent surgery, to assess your risk. They may suggest compression stockings and baby aspirin. Avoid sleeping pills. Wear loose clothing and shoes. Don’t cross your legs and make sure you change seating positions regularly. Walk every hour. Have suitable space for your feet and pump and flex your knees and feet every 30 mins.
7. Stay hydrated. Moisturise skin and drink a cup of water hourly. Avoid alcohol, caffeine and salt. Take a salt bath on arrival.
8. Avoid catching a bug by washing your hands regularly and keeping your distance from others with a colds, allergies and flu symptoms.
9. Block out harmful UV by closing cabin windows or using SPF 30+ moisturiser. Flight attendants have twice the melanoma risk, due to constant altitude UV exposure.
10. Get fit to fly. Cardiovascular fitness is important for flying. Try to do some Yoga, Tai Chi and Meditation before, during and after flying. If you want to learn some great in-flight asanas, movements and meditation techniques, come along to my #GSS2018 talk 😉