Healthy Travel Tips


Keep moving

  • Another risk during air travel is developing leg clots or deep vein thrombosis (DVT). It’s also known as “economy-class syndrome” — a condition often brought about during long flights. Periods of immobility increase the risk of having a thrombosis because sitting and leg room are cramped.
  • Other risks for developing leg clots include dehydration and low cabin pressure, according to the American Heart Association.
  • The deep veins in your legs have one-way valves, where blood can only move toward the heart. The only thing that gets that venous blood from the lower body back up to the heart is muscle contraction
  • During the flight remind to do the following exercises.

Eat Little

  • Take a pass on cold foods, such as raw salads, in favor of warm nourishment. Decline carbonated beverages, which are full of gas as the pressurized airplane cabin may facilitate intestinal bloating.

Be cautious with alcohol!

  • Consuming alcohol before or during flight should be avoided, at least in excessive amounts. Alcohol causes dehydration, which is already a concern given the ultra-dry air and salty meals on planes. If you want to have an alcoholic drink, drink some water to counteract the effect of the alcohol.

Hydrate Your Skin

  • At cruising height in an airplane the surrounding air well below freezing temperatures and has little capacity to retain any moisture. The air in the cabin draws moisture from wherever it can (through a process called “Osmosis”) and that will do damage to your skin. Dry skins will get drier, yet oily skins will actually get oilier (increased oil production to compensate for the dehydration).
  • Use a moisturizing cream that is rich in Ceramides. Ceramides are a collection of oily substances. These types of oils are found in high concentrations within cell membranes. In the top layer of the skin, Ceramides hold skin cells together, forming a protective layer that plumps the skin and lowering evaporation thus retaining skin moisture.
  • Good tip: many of the lotions labeled as ‘night creams’ are oil-based and are excellent for the task of keeping in the moisture.

Plan Your Plane Trip

  • The more you plan your trip, the less likely you are to be caught off guard by an unforeseen issue.
  • Most important is to start packing ahead of time. In a way this is just an extension of planning ahead, but it’s crucial enough to deserve its own point. You should be packed and ready to go at least 24 hours before your time of departure, which should give you enough time to remember anything you might have overlooked.
  • Keep an itinerary plan with you at all times.
  • Even if you’ve done everything properly and minimized your chance of something going wrong, something might still go wrong. If that happens, how are you going to react? Staying calm and collected should be a priority.



This article is co-edit by SAE Asia and Shanghai East International Medical Center.

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