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Nov 20, 2019     ISS     Comments (0)


 

Air travel these days is already a marathon, but with Qantas' testing the limits of human endurance recently with a 19-hour trial flight, we wanted to provide some tips on surviving an ultra-long haul flight.

 
1. Stay hydrated
Obviously this involves drinking plenty of water, and even adding electrolytes to maximise your absorption if you want to, but avoiding dehydration requires more than just water intake. Avoiding dehydrating food and drink like caffeine, alcohol, salty foods, and heavy carbohydrates will make you feel much better. Go for leafy greens instead!
 
2. Set your watch to the local time
Travelling across time zones upsets our circadian rhythms, so set your watch to the local time and try to eat and sleep at the appropriate time for your destination.
 
3. Apply your SPF
You have much less protection from harmful UVA and UVB rays up in the air, where the ozone layer is thinnest. Make sure you apply and re-apply sunscreen to protect your skin from the sun.
 
4. Keep your body moving
You want to make sure that you keep your body mobile to avoid Deep Vein Thrombosis. No one’s body is meant to sit in a tiny chair for 19 hours, so doing some exercise on the flight will also make you a little less irritable! The video below suggests setting alarm for every three hours so that you’ll remember to get up, walk around, and do some stretches.
 
Check out this great video from the Wall Street Journal for more tips on surviving an ultra-long haul flight.

 

 

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