Are you ready for your next vacation, but dreading the post-flight aches and pains? Fear not my fellow traveler, I have compiled some stellar tips to help reduce swelling and make your journey more comfortable.
First things first, let's talk hydration. Dehydration is one of the biggest culprits behind swollen feet and ankles during air travel. So drink water like it's going out of style! And don't just rely on that tiny cup they give you on the plane - bring a reusable water bottle or two with you to fill up before boarding.
Get Your Blood Flowing
Sitting still for hours at a time can wreak havoc on your circulation. Make sure to stretch, wiggle those toes, do some calf raises - anything to get the blood pumping through your legs. If all else fails, take a stroll up and down the aisle (just be wary of turbulence).
Wear Compression Socks
Speaking of circulation, compression socks are an absolute lifesaver when it comes to reducing swelling in your feet and ankles during flights. You may look silly walking around in knee-high socks, but trust me - they're worth it.
Travel light if possible i.e less luggage. Toting around heavy bags puts extra strain on your body which can lead to even worse inflammation than what accompanies sit-down immobility alone would cause.Same thing goes for tight-fitting clothes-they might suck in everything nicely while standing but once you seat their ill effects come calling back,you know how fluids are stubborn fellows,right?
Skip The Salt
Airline food isn't exactly haute cuisine under normal circumstances,and unfortunately eating salt-heavy meals before,during or after flying will only exacerbate fluid buildup within yo' capillaries.Instead opt for wholesome low-sodium eats or pack your own nosh.Good examples include:chips,fried chicken and anything out of the fast food if it's laced with saline.Fruit anyone?
Elevate Your Feet
If you're lucky enough to snag an exit row seat, take advantage of that extra space and prop up those feet. Even if you can't score an exit row, doing some strategic foot elevating - on a bag, for example- during the flight will help reduce swelling.
Ice Ice Baby
Ice ice baby! In case you're really uncomfortable with your body when flying.Perfect solution?an icepack within reach.It helps bring down inflammation thereby reducing any pain arising from extended sitting hours.Make sure to have a Sealable plastic bag and Ask permission from one of the cabin crew before rubbing it all over yo' swollen parts.I hope this is not how I sound like anyways!
These tips should set you in good stead towards managing any post-flight inflammation.Often times we feel awkward around strangers aboard planes but trust me they won't mind some healthy eccentricity.Therefore feel free without limit to adopt these measures-chug water like there ain't no tomorrow,mustard up maximum craziness as regard movement,your compression socks make more sense than ever,careful what goes into your mouth-bite less,savor more,pay attention at meals high sodium levels are harmful,treat yourself to preferred snacks-mine is banana chips,let's all learn elevated low-key behavior/policy and when things go South use cold therapy like its never been used.Happy Flying ya'all finger sign