Flying can leave you feeling dehydrated but staying hydrated can help prevent jet lag.
I recently had several business trips that involved air travel and was reminded about the importance of staying hydrated while traveling on air planes. The short local trips, less than an hour are fairly easy but those longer trips to different time zones can be hard on the mind and the body.
I've learned over the years through talking with pilots and flight attendants that hydration is key for air travelers. The high altitude combined with low humidity in the cabin can in fact dehydrate the body even though you're just sitting in your seat. Dehydration is not just something that happens when you sweat.
The effects of dehydration while traveling can include headaches, cramping and jet lag. These are just the mild symptoms, however, its very easy to avoid these and other more serious issues related to dehydration during air travel all together.
Here' my travel rituals to help you to enjoy your time while flying and arriving at your destination hydrated and refreshed:
On the days that I'm traveling, I'll fill up my 27oz reusable bottle with water with the goal of finishing it before I get to the security checkpoint. No more having to buy expensive bottled water just to have to toss it in the garbage before I've had my fill!
Once I pass through security, I look for either a Starbucks or other service restaurants where I can refill my bottle with water and ice and add one pack of HDX Hydration Mix. As a note, I've yet to encounter a business at the airport that refuses to refill my reusable bottle and many airports now have really cool hydration stations located throughout the terminals making access to fresh, filtered water is very easy.
I'll sip on my bottle while I wait for my flight to board but right before I'll hit the restroom.
And for good measure, before I board, I'll fill my bottle up once more with water and ice so I'm topped off before my travel begins.
Once in the air, I'm sipping my water with HDX, and every time the flight attendant rolls around I'm happy to have them top off my bottle again.
Of note, avoid caffeine and alcohol while flying, both are diuretics and can bring on dehydration quicker.
If I'm traveling for more than 3 hours, I try and squeeze in a quick nap to recharge my batteries but also prepare for the time difference at my final destination.
By the time I land, I make sure that my bottle is empty. I've taken in a good amount of water but by also using HDX Hydration Mix along the way I've replenished essential minerals and nutrients that I’ve lost during high altitude air travel.
Another quick stop to the mens room before I refill my bottle and I'm off to make the most of my trip. I've followed this routine every time I travel and I can honestly say that I feel refreshed every time I arrive at my destination.
The next time you travel, try my suggestions I've noted above and come back to this post to share your experience or any other tips to keep fellow travelers hydrated.
Flying can leave you feeling dehydrated but staying hydrated can help prevent jet lag. Take HDX Hydration Mix with you on your next trip