Whether it is a 2-hour flight or a 16-hour journey, travelling by plane can be overwhelming for passengers, what with the cramped spaces, not-so-appetizing airplane food, pressure in the ears, and cabin air. Not everyone has the convenience of travelling first class, and even the privileged bunch experience the same drawbacks that economy class passengers go through during the entire flight.
The cabin air's low humidity, with a level of 10 to 20 percent (unlike the typical indoor humidity of 30 to 65 percent) can lead to dehydration. This is a problem, as being dehydrated can cause dry skin, scratchy eyes, and breathing difficulties for those with respiratory problems such as asthma. William L. Sutker, M.D., adds that dehydration can also result to fatigue, and that is no good news especially for those going on vacation or business trips.
Still, passengers can protect themselves from dehydration and the health problems attached to it. The secret is to stay hydrated by doing the following below:
Drink, sip water. Regular fluid intake is the key to warding off dehydration, says Dr. Sutker. It is suggested to drink eight ounces of water for every hour in the air. Sipping water every 30 minutes can do the trick too. Be mindful though that not all fluids are ideal, such as alcohol and caffeinated beverages.
Moisturize. To hydrate externally, apply moisturizer to your skin, such as the face and hands. Dehydration can dry out your skin, leaving it itchy and flaky. Turn your flight into a spa treatment by bringing a hydrating mask, eye serum, and spot treatment. Don't forget your hair too- rub in a good hair serum to avoid frizzy hair caused by the dry air.
Bring a nasal spray. Some people are susceptible to nasal discomfort and nosebleeds due to the dry cabin air. Bring a saline nose drops or spray can prevent these, especially when the nose gets dry because of the low humidity.