With the school holidays approaching, over 40 million Brits will be taking to the skies to head overseas for their annual summer break. To ensure that all passengers enjoy a happy, healthy holidays, the experts at Virgin Atlantic have compiled a list of top holiday health tips.
Dr Tim Stevenson, Aviation Medical Examiner at Virgin Atlantic commented: “Aviation is the safest form of public transport but travelling long distances in a pressurised cabin at altitude does have some effects on the human body. We’ve put together a few simple tips to help passengers arrive at their destination in tip-top shape.”
Dr Tim’s top tips:
Take out travel insurance – This is my number one tip! Many people don’t realise the real cost of medical emergencies abroad. For example, an air ambulance on the USA’s East Coast can cost up to £45,000. Travellers should ensure they take out adequate travel insurance and not rely on their credit card, home insurance, or private health cover.
Visit your GP – Visit your GP as soon as you book your holiday to check if you need any vaccinations or other preventive measures such as malaria tablets for the destination you are visiting. Remember, these treatments may not be available as NHS prescriptions.
Don’t wear tight clothing on long-haul journeys – Although we see many celebrities wearing high fashion and even higher heels whilst travelling, it is best to wear loose fitting comfortable clothing for long-haul travel.
Move about – Change position often and avoid crossing your legs. Immobility poses the greatest risk in developing clotting disorders such as Deep Vein Thrombosis ("DVT") during long distance travel, whether by plane, train, bus or car.
No Pills! – Although everyone likes to get as much sleep as possible onboard, don’t take sleeping tablets, unless expressly recommended by your doctor, as they will reduce your mobility and make you feel sluggish.
Drink plenty! – Ask a member of cabin crew if you’re thirsty and take advantage of for the regular water and fruit juice services.
Moisturise – The dry air onboard may make your skin feel dry so moisturising creams may help. If you wear contact lenses, always carry your glasses with you as your eyes may feel drier than usual.
Pretend you are already there – To minimise the effects of jet lag, set your watch to your destination time as soon as you board the aircraft and try to adjust your eating sleeping pattern accordingly.
Source = Virgin Atlantic Airways