Nothing used to excite me more than going to Tesco and buying bags and bags of sweets for a flight, even if it was only short-haul, but lately I’ve seen a few articles about how easy it is to have an unhealthy flight, which has made me re-evaluate the contents of my hand luggage. My flight necessities have been somewhat upgraded.

Drink water often

Yep, that old chestnut. I am so guilty for not drinking enough water on a flight, but mainly because I don’t want to be that annoying seat neighbour who keeps getting up to the toilet. But that’s just a poor excuse. You can take your own water (I do), but you’ll also be able to get unlimited water on the flight. 

Don’t go OTT with the alcohol

When it comes to alcohol by all means order one celebratory beverage to kick off the holiday, but drinking wine after wine is going to dehydrate you significantly because of the altitude. And nobody likes a drunk on a plane, do they? 

Keep your skin hydrated too

Hydration doesn’t just affect you on the inside, it also really affects your appearance on the outside. Our flight to Mexico was around ten hours and the thought of my skin drying up mid-flight made me cringe, so I’m really glad I packed a few bits for a little refresh. I also packed hand santiser because I’m a bit OCD about germs. And if you can go makeup free to let your skin breathe and have a little mid-flight pamper, then do.

Use the time to catch up on R&R

I don’t need to be told to sleep because I’m the kind of person who panics if they don’t get a sold eight hours a night, but that said, it’s easy to underestimate how much sleep you need when you’re on a plane. Crying babies, rowdy lads, people asking you to move so they can go to the toilet (me) ― you name it ― it’s going to disturb you. I try to allocate some movie watching time, some reading time, some eating time (of course) and then whatever is left is reserved solely for sleep. 

Pack some healthy snacks

I have no idea what is in the food that I eat on a long flight and there’s probably no way of finding out, but I can’t imagine it’s good, put it that way. I don’t even enjoy the food so it seems like a total waste to me. If you really want to keep your diet on point then you’re best to take your own food with you, but personally I just make sure I have a few healthy snacks on hand. Little fruit pots, unprocessed bars and little fruit and nut sachets are perfect. 

You’re on holiday, you can stop stressing now

Most of us get stressed going on holiday, don’t we? But try to keep your stress levels down ideally by packing in advance and making it to the airport early. Then once you’re the plane, chill the hell out. You’re allowed to at this point.

Keep yourself active every couple of hours

It’s easy to sit there for the entire flight being too afraid that you’re going to irritate the people around you, but for the sake of your health, move. I didn’t move for almost fourteen hours when we flew from Dubai to Sydney and by the time I got to the hostel my legs were swollen and bruised. Not a hot look when you’re about to spend a month in a bikini, let me tell you.

These are simple tips that are so often overlooked, even by me. Start your holiday off with a healthy flight and trust me, you’re setting yourself up for a great trip!

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