Flying home for Christmas or seeing the New Year in with family and friends? The holidays bring about a lot of joy for many of us: meals with loved ones, pumpkin pie, carolers, tree decorating and not forgetting movie time (I've truly lost count the number of times I have watched Home Alone, it's tradition though - right?!).
One joyless part of the holidays, for many, is travelling. Airport travel can be such a faff and flights, especially long-haul ones, can be tough on your body - sitting for hours in the same position can leave you feeling groggy and your muscles tight and sore. And then there's the limited, overpriced, unhealthy food and beverage options to contend with. I mean, seriously, you want to charge me how much for an apple?!
Here's the good news though, with some preparation (and a few tips from us) you can avoid some of these travelling woes. Read our article for some great tips to help make your journey more comfortable and discover:
- Before you leave for the airport - easy preparation tips to make your adventure more comfortable (and may help you save a few bucks too).
- Before your flight - some do's and don'ts before you board.
- During your flight - how to support blood flow with a few easy exercises.
1. Wear comfortable clothing. If you are anything like me, you may struggle with the changing temperatures between the airport, plane and arrival destination - wear a few breathable layers to tackle varying temperatures.
2. Hydrate your skin. Sitting in an enclosed, crowded plan with dry cabin air can take its toll on your skin and if you are expecting loved ones to collect you from your arrival destination, you certainly wouldn't want to be offering them a hug with a side of flaky skin! So be sure to nourish your skin with a good moisturizer before you leave the house (and pop it in your carry-on, should you want to top up mid flight). I've recently discovered the Valentia skincare range and I have to say, I am a huge fan.
The entire product line contains only 100% natural and organic ingredients and are free from toxic, synthetic and artificial anything - i.e. NO nasties. Ever. My personal favorites for skin hydration are their Jojoba Oil and Argan Oil.
3. Prepare your snacks. Instead of paying for over-priced healthful foods or giving in to the variety of convenience foods on offer, consider preparing some of these delicious, simple snacks to take with you. Here are some snack ideas we thought you might like, alternatively check out our blog for tons of inspiration.
Kale Chips: super easy to make and transport, get a daily dose of your veggies with these delicious, crunchy kale chips.
Spirulina Chocolate Superfood Bites: enjoy bite sized snacking at its finest with these vegan, dairy and gluten free treats.
Turmeric Roasted Chickpeas: a wholesome snack which is sure to bring some sunshine to your day.
With your healthy snacks carefully packed with all your other travel essentials, you're ready to embrace the next stage of your adventure...
At the Airport
4. Stay active. Stroll around the terminal and browse the shops, you will be inactive in the air so stretch those legs while you can.
5. Avoid heavy metals. Foods containing heavy metals can be difficult to digest, especially in the sky, and can make falling asleep challenging so it's best to avoid them (especially if you plan to catch some z's in the air). This is where your well prepared snacks will come in handy!
6. Moderate caffeine intake. Consuming excessive amounts of caffeine can aggravate dehydration. Avoid a caffeine crash mid flight and support hydration with plenty of water. And if you want to support your immune system while staying hydrated (sitting on a crowded plane for hours with dozens of other passengers can set you up for some sniffles), add a dose of Sari Foods Organic Vitamin C Powder to your water bottle for some natural, immune supporting goodness.
If you prefer to enjoy a warming drink when travelling during cooler months, why not prepare our Golden Turmeric Tea Recipe at home and pop it in your favorite insulated travel mug to enjoy while you wait to check in? This recipe comes from our very own Customer Service Guru, Johnny, and you won't be disappointed with his caffeine free, subtly spiced alternative.
Ok, you're ready to board...
During your Flight
7. Keep your blood flowing. Avoid sore muscles, release tension and support blood flow with some simple in-flight exercises and stretches. Fear not, these small exercises are all seated movements - we won't have you participating in mid-air lunges or press-ups!
- Knee lifts: lift one knee towards your chest, bending forward slightly, using your hands on your knee to support. Hold this position for 10-15 seconds and then repeat with the other leg.
- Gentle neck twists: start facing forward and slowly turn your head to the left, hold for a few seconds and then turn to the right. Repeat movement 10 times.
- Foot circles: lift both feet off the floor, rotate feet in circles clockwise 5 times, lower legs to rest for a few seconds and then repeat the movement anti-clockwise.
- Shoulder roll: raise shoulders and rotate in a circular motion, 5 times clockwise and then repeat anti-clockwise.
- The stroll: when you are able, take a stroll up and down the aisle.
And breathe... you've survived the most joyless part of the holiday. Hooray!
We hope you find our tips useful, which ones are you going to try? Let us know in the comments below!
Peace, love and happy flying from the Sari Foods family.