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4 Must-Haves for Stress-Free Air Travel

| 4/23/2013 3:30:00 PM

Air travel is wonderful for bringing new experiences, perspectives and opportunities. In addition to its many benefits, however, travel can also be very taxing on our bodies, health and wellness. But there are simple things you can do to stay healthy and happy while traveling—read on to learn my tried and tested tips.

As a former international flight attendant with more than 20 years of experience as a professional traveler, I have learned the hard way that there are a few things I simply cannot fly without. Taking a few minutes to make sure my carry-on contains these proven essentials has made all the difference for me on many flights.

Lisa Lent on plane 

Here’s my list of the top 4 things my carry-on cannot do without:

1. Noise-reducing headphones or earplugs

I’ve learned through experience that these can make a big difference to not only enjoying my music, book, nap or the in-flight movie more than I would without them, but they also help reduce stress by reducing the constant background cabin noise that can take a toll on your nervous system and energy levels without you even realizing it.

2. A large bottle of water and Oxylent multivitamin drink mix packets

Staying hydrated is perhaps the primary factor in staying healthy and comfortable while traveling. The air inside airline cabins is only one-third to one-half as humid as the air we encounter on a day-to-day basis, and dehydration can quickly result. Drinking at least a cup of water per hour is important, but research shows that electrolytes may be more effective than water alone.

Studies suggest that on long flight, drinking electrolytes in water is more effective than plain water, which is why I always add a packet or two of Oxylent to my water bottle, since it contains as many or more electrolytes than most sports drinks, in addition to a full panel of vitamins and minerals that help boost my immune system while flying.

3. A small gift for the flight crew

Everyone always likes being appreciated, especially hard-working flight attendants. Their lives often involve leaving loved ones behind or missing important events in their lives while they work long hours and holidays. A simple little gift of recognition is highly recommended, especially on long-haul flights—you’ll find that any in-flight requests you may have will be happily accommodated, or that you may just receive some extra attention and appreciation without even asking! I usually bring a box of chocolates.

4. An attitude of appreciation

Finally, I always try to remember to appreciate not only the privilege of being able to fly, but also the fact that my fellow travelers and the flight crew are doing the best they can while they are often tired or stressed. Being mindful of these facts helps the inconveniences of air travel roll off my back rather than raise my own stress and tension.

I hope that my tips can help keep you happy and healthy on your next flight—wherever your journeys may take you.

Lisa LentAfter experiencing health challenges while traveling that led her to discover first-hand just how essential good nutrition is to health and happiness, Lisa Lent became determined to find a better way to supplement in order to maintain her own health and help others avoid similar health challenges. Her initial dream to create a supplement for travelers ultimately led to something far greater with Oxylent—a high quality effervescent multivitamin drink that has become the ultimate supplement for everyday life! To read more about Lisa’s story, visit:

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