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Top tips so your flight goes smoothly

The school holidays are fast approaching and it is estimated that over 40 million Brits will be flying off overseas for their summer holiday.  Although flying is one of the safest forms of public transport, travelling long distances in a pressurised cabin at altitude does have some effect on your body. 

Below are some tips to ensure that you arrive at your holiday destination in the best shape.
  • As soon as you book your holiday take out travel insurance – Many people don’t realise the real cost of medical emergencies abroad. For example, an air ambulance on the USA’s East Coast can cost up to £45,000. Travellers should ensure they take out adequate travel insurance and not rely on their credit card, home insurance, or private health cover.  Should you be taking any prescribed medication take out a pre existing medical condition insurance policy
  • Visit your GP – Visit your GP as soon as you book your holiday to check if you need any vaccinations or other preventive measures such as malaria tablets for the destination you are visiting. Remember, these treatments may not be available as NHS prescriptions.  If you have a pre existing medical condition travel insurance policy speak to your GP about travelling with your condition and find out if you need a Doctors letter to carry any prescribed medication you are taking.
  • Don’t wear tight clothing on long-haul journeys – Although we see many celebrities wearing high fashion and even higher heels whilst travelling, they don’t wear these cloths throughout the flight, they are only for walking through the airport when they know they will be photographed.  It is best to wear loose fitting comfortable clothing for long-haul travel.
  • Move about – Change position often and avoid crossing your legs. Immobility poses the greatest risk in developing clotting disorders such as Deep Vein Thrombosis (“DVT”) during long distance travel, whether by plane, train, bus or car.  If you have a travel insurance with medical conditions policy speak to your GP and see if your condition or any medication you take makes you more susceptible to a DVT, if so it may be worth wearing compression stockings during your flight.
  • No Pills! – Although everyone likes to get as much sleep as possible onboard, don’t take sleeping tablets, unless expressly recommended by your doctor, as they will reduce your mobility and make you feel sluggish.
  • Drink plenty! – And this doesn’t mean alcohol, ask a member of cabin crew if you’re thirsty and take advantage of for the regular water and fruit juice services.
  • Moisturise – The dry air onboard may make your skin feel dry so moisturising creams may help. If you wear contact lenses, always carry your glasses with you as your eyes may feel drier than usual.
  • Pretend you are already there – To minimise the effects of jet lag, set your watch to the time zone you are travelling to as you board the aircraft and also adjust you sleeping and eating patterns to your destination.
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