We unfortunately don’t always have the luxury of doing things on our terms especially when our bodies are concerned. Needing to fly from one city to another due to a commitment you cannot get out of or postpone when you’re unwell feels light a nightmare and no one can blame you. While you might not enjoy the travel, here’s what you can do to ease the discomfort particularly during long flights.
Rest before the flight
Taking time off to allow your body to rest is essential when it comes to making the trip less of a pain. If you’re working, take sick off a day before and spend it in bed or doing activities that help alleviate some of the symptoms. Soaking in a tub and getting hours of sleep is one way to prepare your body for the flight ahead. You’ll fair on better when you’re rested, therefore make it a priority.
Hydrate and give your body what it needs
By now you’ve likely visited a doctor, and they’ve prescribed medication. If they haven’t already told, you do look up foods and drinks that can hasten your process to recovery. That means that you’ll be in a better place when you’re boarding the aircraft than you otherwise would be. One thing is however constant- remaining hydrated. It flushes out toxins and keeps your organs running at optimum as the immune system fights off disease.
Have a travel health insurance plan
Not to bring doom but anything can happen while on a flight, and you’re unwell. In that case, you should consider having an insurance plan that covers the country your visiting to avoid out of pocket spending. It is cheaper in the long haul and can prevent a bad situation from getting worse. It is especially important if you’re traveling to a secluded location for perhaps an important general anti-avoidance rule seminar. You need to ensure that air evacuation and other services are available under your cover. You might feel the pinch but better safe than sorry.
Sure, you’re unwell, but coughing and sneezing is still not something other passengers bargained for when booking the flight. For that reason, talk to the airlines in advance and the flight attendant about your predicament. They can then make arrangements about where you’ll sit and other specialized services they can offer to make your flight more comfortable. You should also carry with you contingency plans; for example, if you have a cold, there are plenty of medications that you can use to suppress the manifestations of the same.
Traveling while unwell might not be easy, but be sure to speak to your doctor, health insurance provider and the airlines if you’re to survive a long flight. It also brings peace knowing you’ve covered your bases.