This post was inspired by a comment on this Linkedin #biztravel post.

  • Buy a big bottle of water or two in the departure lounge. Add rehydration salts and you’re set for the flight.
  • Take off your shoes. It’s one of the first things I do. Wear long socks that you can pull down if you’re too warm, or up if you’re too cold. Move your feet.
  • Get up regularly and walk around. Stretch.
  • Prepare a few exercises you can do on your seat. Try these or these.
  • Don’t fly when you have a sinus infection. It’s one of the stupidest things I’ve ever done. It’s very painful and could potentially rupture your ear drums. I don’t recommend it.flamingo international airport
  • Invest in a good sleep mask and a good neck pillow. While airlines provide a mask and pillow for long distance flights, having your own super cozy ones helps increase comfort. My neck pillow also vibrates, so if I wrap it around my legs or ankles, it makes them feel less heavy and more comfortable.
  • Pack some moisturizer, a travel tooth brush and travel-sized tooth paste.
  • Wear comfortable clothes.

And if you’re looking for a little reading, get your copy of Culture Shock – A Practical Guide and take a look at the tiny bookshelf.