7 Common Pre-Flight Mistakes (and How to Avoid Them)

When planning for a vacation or trip, it’s easy to forget to prepare for the actual flight there.

After all, when you’re thinking about your bags, your itinerary, your house sitter, your kids, etc., it’s easy to forget about the hours you’re about to spend in a cramped airplane seat.

But, you’d do yourself a favor to plan ahead and avoid these common pre-flight mistakes.

7 Common Pre-Flight Mistakes (and How to Avoid Them):

1. Not getting proper sleep beforehand.

Though it may seem wise to “tire yourself out” before a flight — so you can sleep on the plane –, you’ll actually benefit from getting good rest beforehand.

If you skew your internal clock, jet lag will be more likely.

 

2. Eating salty foods.

Okay — I’m the first to crave an Egg McMuffin from McDonald’s on the morning of my flight, but indulging in salty or heavy foods like this is actually a really bad idea.

Not only will it make you feel sluggish and lethargic, but since air travel already dehydrates your body and interferes with circulation, foods with a high sodium content can just add to the problem.

 

3. Forgetting to hydrate.

As aforementioned, flying can dehydrate your body. So, before the flight, on the flight and after the flight, be sure to drink plenty of water.

Not only will you physically feel better, but it’ll help mental clarity and jet lag.

 

4. Boozing up.

If you struggle with flight anxiety or are trying to catch some good sleep the plane, it can be tempting to stop by the airport bar and grab a few drinks — but this can actually have the opposite effect.

Though one drink may calm nerves, too much alcohol can alter your sleep cycle and make jet leg even worse. So, drink responsibly.

 

5. Forgetting to wear layers.

Even if you’re traveling in the dead of summer, in-flight and airport temperatures can vary drastically.

So, be sure to wear a couple of layers that can easily be added and removed.

 

6. Counting on WiFi.

Though WiFi will sometimes be available on long-haul flights, that’s not the case 100% of the time.

So, before heading out on your trip, make sure you pack activities or entertainment that can be done offline.

 

7. Ignoring pain.

If your muscles or joints are tight, be sure to take the proper precautions before boarding your long-haul flight. Not only will the trip itself be more comfortable, but your body will thank you once you’ve landed.

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