Aviation

How do flighties stay healthy (and sane) while flying?

Anyone who has ever travelled has felt the wrath of plane flu.

If you spend more than seven hours on a plane you often find yourself riddled with a cold, sore muscles and in a general mess with your health.

So all we want to know is, how on earth do flight attendants look so healthy all the time? We know it’s not the plane food.

According to a recent Lonely Planet article, one of the best ways to stay fresh and healthy is to stay awake when you arrive at a new destination.

Speaking to a number of flight attendants, LP has investigated the myriad ways those glowing flighties seem so, well, glowy.

NB: Huge credit to LP for doing the hardwork for this article, we appreciate your efforts and will now borrrow as such.

Julia Campbell, customer service director, worldwide fleet, British Airways

Avoid caffeine and drink plenty of water. I aim for about 1.5 litres per flight.

Use a face spray mist to keep your skin hydrated.

Try to eat a low carb diet. Bread and pasta are extremely bloating while airborne.

Try to get a power nap in during your flight – it helps to give you an energy boost.

While you’re abroad, if you’re on a minus time change, try and stay awake when you get there and go to bed at a semi-normal time so you don’t wake up in the middle of the night. Eat something when you get there so you don’t wake up hungry in the middle of the night.

On a plus time change. a two-hour nap when you get there can help you stay awake longer later on so you get to bed at a normal time.

Ann-Marie McPake, Worldwide Customer Service Leader, British Airways

I never drink tea or coffee on board as it has a dehydrating effect on the body. I stick to water, peppermint tea or hot water with lemon, which aids digestion and prevents bloating.

I never eat carbohydrates on board as, again, this causes bloating. I find it easier sticking with protein, e.g. fish or chicken with veggies or salad – light meals that are easier to digest. I normally have some healthy snacks including fruit, nuts and sunflower seeds to eat as a healthy alternative.

Sleep is really important. I would say sleep when you are tired, never sleep longer than three hours following a night flight, and try to remain on local time.

I would also recommend exercise in any form before or after a flight, as this really does help counteract the effects of flying.

Narlep Kaur, worldwide main crew, British Airways

Before a morning flight, I normally have organic porridge with fruit and nuts and green tea. On board the aircraft, I have nuts and water to snack on. Anything bread related will make you bloat. At mealtimes I eat soup with salad on board. Throughout the flight I continue to have herbal teas and lemon water. Definitely no caffeine.

At my destination, I apply various oils on pressure points and have a gentle foot massage, which helps me get a good night’s sleep.

Down route, I always go to the gym or classes held at the hotel. This helps with keeping me healthy and nimble. I love walking and jogging, so it doubles up with exploration and adding to my health and of course, getting fresh air.

Justin Flatt, resident doctor, Virgin Atlantic

Make sure your jabs are up to date as there are a number of diseases that can be really nasty, such as hepatitis and typhoid fever.

Speak to your GP or local travel clinic about where you’re planning on going and they can advise you on what vaccinations you need.

No matter where I’m going I always have my first aid kit with me. It doesn’t have to be fancy but just having the essentials like antibacterial gel, plasters, painkillers, Imodium, Dioralyte and Savlon will save a lot of hassle on your travels. I always hope I don’t need to use them but I believe it’s better to be safe than sorry.

It’s very tempting to take advantage of those onboard drinks the crew are handing out, but remember to pace yourself and drink plenty of water. I would suggest drinking around a cupful of water each hour on board a long-haul flight to ensure you arrive feeling refreshed and ready to enjoy your trip.


Do you have something to say on this issue? Get in touch with Travel Weekly Editor Daisy Doctor here to share your thoughts.



SEE WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

Leave a Reply

Wholesalers

Intrepid debuts its first all-female leadership team

Rumour has it, Beyoncé’s Run the World (Girls) could be heard blasting from Intrepid’s Australia office moments after they announced this news.

Share

CommentComments

Wholesalers

“Bounce back and inspire”: Collette to host key players in Cairns

We’re headed to sunny Cairns this week to rub shoulders with travel’s big wigs at Collette’s annual big bash. See you there!

Share

CommentComments

Hotels

REVIEW: Hôtel La Pérouse offers a taste of classic French resort life

by Ali Coulton

Hôtel La Pérouse exemplifies Nice’s resort lifestyle offering privacy and quiet luxury on France’s Cote d’Azur.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

Yas Island Abu Dhabi’s new tourism ad names Kevin Hart its chief island officer

Some of the staff at Travel Weekly are trying to become the chief island officer of Australia, but Scomo isn’t returning our emails.

Share

CommentComments

Technology

“Australia is a terrific market for cruising!”: Expedia’s Greg Schulze on how agents can maximise their business

We chatted with one of the big wigs at Expedia during its recent gathering in Vegas. Sadly, he declined our invite to join us for a game of blackjack, but that’s probably for the best.

Share

CommentComments

Tourism

Globetrotting tour operator arrested following drug drop death

The man also auditioned for Survivor in 2019 and featured in an Indonesian TV commercial – just in case the title wasn’t chaotic enough already.

Share

CommentComments

Travel Agents

Travel to make full recovery before end of 2024, says Virtuoso’s Fiona Dalton

Dalton hosted media at Crown Sydney this morning to celebrate Matthew Upchurch’s return to Aus. Our roving journalist managed to take down this story in between courses.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

Hawai‘i Tourism Oceania celebrates the ‘Month of Lei’ with incredible new famil offer

by Sponsored by Hawai'i Tourism Oceania

This year, Hawai‘i Tourism Oceania is celebrating ‘Month of Lei’ 2022 with a virtual trade event and the launch of a new famil incentive.

Share

CommentComments

Cruise

PONANT announces new 2023 sailing expeditions in the Kimberley

This ship is so fancy that they put ‘le’ in front of the name just to show they’re not messing about.

Share

CommentComments

Travel Agents

TravelManagers to party like its 2019 with first national conference since COVID

As TravelManager’s GM puts it, this coveted event is like a “slightly rowdy family reunion”, so get ready to explain to your distant aunt why you’re not married yet over mum’s inedible egg salad.

Share

CommentComments

Tourism

Atlas Obscura and LA Tourism launch official visitors guide

Navigate the streets of LA with this new interactive mobile app, instead of walking around with one of those giant maps from your hotel that make you an obvious mark for pickpockets.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

“I have no idea how to fly”: Passenger saves the day after pilot collapses midflight

This situation is kind of like the film Flying High, except not quite as funny and with less confusion about people getting called “Shirley.”

Share

CommentComments