Being a traveller
is great fun but reaching that dream destination often requires
long airplane hauls under less than perfect conditions. When flying,
our journey women bodies struggle to adapt to limited space, changes
in cabin pressure, the air were breathing and different time
Before my last
trip to Hong Kong, I researched our own files and spoke to experts
about keeping my body happier in the sky. I put what I learned into
practice and I must say it made my flight much easier. Now, in true
JW networking style, I pass this information on to you. I hope that
getting there becomes half the fun, ladies. Happy flying!
in comfortable, casual clothes that dont restrict body
movement is always a good idea. Recreate the comfort of pajamas.
Think about loose tops and pants with flexible waist bands
in materials that dont crease easily. In terms of footwear
be aware that your feet are bound to swell during the flight.
It makes sense to avoid travelling in pull-on boots; shoes
with laces will make life a lot easier.
it is more comfortable to slip your shoes off during the flight.
However, according to Fred Pack, retired Northwest Airlines
Captain, slippers must never be worn during takeoff
and landing. Nor should high heeled shoes ever be worn during
that segment of a flight. If the need to evacuate the aircraft
ever occurred, you might have to move very quickly and possibly
have to run through burning material. Thus the need for low,
tightly laced shoes.
Note to JourneyMamas:
When travelling overnight with young children,
its a good idea to pack at least their pajama tops.
Changing at bedtime helps your kiddies to understand that
even though theyre not at home, on the airplane, this
is the time allotted for sleeping.
the air around her...
smart! Prepare yourself for the extreme dryness of aircraft
cabins. Prior to flight time, cleanse your skin and moisturize
very well. Even if Prince Charming might possibly be sitting
in the next seat, avoid wearing makeup when flying. A little
lip balm and eyeliner are fine but, in general, allow your
skin to breath. During the flight keep reapplying moisturizer
to your face, neck and hands. This can make a very big difference
to how your skin feels post-flight. Brenda, a Canadian Airlines
flight attendant adds the following advice... When
I fly as a passenger, I carry a very small plastic sprayer
(a hairspray sample bottle) filled with clean water and spritz
my face and the air around me whenever possible. P.S.
Brenda even covers her face with a moist washcloth when the
cabin lights are out and shes resting.
Try to drink
a lot of water. Having a glass of water for every hour youre
in the air is a very good way to minimize jet lag. Fruit juice
helps as well but dont drink too much of it if youre
counting calories. Avoid wine or other alcoholic beverages;
they are extremely dehydrating. Want to help yourself to sleep
during the flight? Pack some Chamomile or Sleepy Time herbal
tea bags in your carry-on. Some women swear by them.
you wear contact lenses, the dryness in the cabin may possibly
make your eyes very sore. Pack your regular glasses, just
with cabin pressure...
gum, sucking on hard candies or great big yawns
can help to relieve the pressure that builds up in your ears,
especially during the planes descent.
with your journey baby, carry a bottle or pacifier for the
baby to suck on during take-off and landing. This helps to
equalize ear pressure and keeps the baby more comfortable.
Have a cold?
Check with your doctor about taking either a decongestant
or nasal spray before boarding. Were told this can reduce
some of the pressure buildup in your ears.