Staying Healthy on a Long-Haul Flight

As a manager for the building contractor National Restoration Group Inc., Mohammad Riaz oversees the bidding and permit process for commercial properties. Outside of his professional duties, Mohammad Riaz is an avid traveler.

For experienced travelers, long-haul flights, which last 6 hours or longer, are fairly common. To ensure that travelers arrive at their destination in the best of health, most airlines offer the following suggestions:

Hydrate — The air inside the cabin has very low levels of humidity and can dry out and irritate the nasal passages and skin. Passengers can combat this dryness by drinking non-alcoholic fluids and using a moisturizing lotion.

Exercise — Sitting for hours at a time can cause muscle cramping and stiffness. For passengers with certain health conditions, frequent stretching and standing is necessary to stimulate blood circulation and prevent clotting. In addition to walking up and down the aisle, there are dozens of exercises that can be done conveniently while seated.

Strengthen Immune System — Air travel can be hard on the body, and make a traveler more vulnerable to catching a cold or infection. To support the immune system, passengers should get a full night’s rest and take a multivitamin before boarding.