How to survive long-haul travel with kids
Want your family to arrive at your destination feeling
happy, healthy and hydrated? Leading travel doctor,
Natalie Gray, shares her tips on how to manage some
of the most common long-haul travel issues.
Issue #1: Dehydration
The main cause of dehydration when flying is
the dryness of the cabins. Common symptoms
of low cabin humidity are thirst and dryness of
the mouth, skin, eyes and nose.
Ensure all the family minimises dehydration
by drinking two to three glasses of water plus
a dose of oral rehydration solution (such as
Hydralyte) every five hours. Don’t worry
about having to get up and down to the loo
all the time... this also helps circulation! For
those with dry, scratchy eyes, use eye drops
or an eye mist (such as Murine Eye Mist) to
provide immediate relief and restore the
natural tear film.
Issue #2: Changing cabin pressure
Most long-haul flights travel at an altitude
of 28,000 – 35,000 feet, but cabins are
pressurised to a maximum of 8000 feet to
ensure that travellers are able to breathe
During take-off and landing the cabin
pressure can change relatively quickly and ear
or sinus pain can occur. This discomfort can
be minimised by using a saline nasal
decongestant – such as FESS saline spray
– thirty minutes prior to take off and landing.
Issue #3: Jetlag
Jetlag is the term used to describe the
uncomfortable aftermath of a long-haul
flight through several time zones, where your
internal clock becomes out of sync. You can
minimise the impact of this by setting your
clock to your destination’s local time when
you board and attempt to sleep depending
on the time in that location. Staying hydrated
and avoiding excess alcohol and caffeine
will also help, as will ensuring you make
time to move around the cabin during the
flight and doing some light exercise – as
simple as a casual stroll – upon arrival.
Issue #4: Stressed immune system
During long-haul travel you spend long
periods of time in enclosed or confined
spaces with lots of other people. Odds are if
you’re not sick at the start, sitting next to
someone for more than six hours who is sick
could mean you are by the end of the flight.
Boost your immune system by taking a
supplement like Frequent Flyer Health
Boost. It includes ingredients to help support
your immune system while travelling.