We all have visions of arriving at our faraway destinations looking glamorous and refreshed; however, we normally end up arriving feeling and looking like a chipmunk that has been caught in a windstorm. . . Bloating, fatigue, swollen limbs, and upset stomachs are a few common complaints after long flights. Yeah, not too pretty and also a bit of a bummer as everyone wants to look and feel good immediately on their arrival. I travel between The States, Mexico, Thailand, and Australia quite a bit, so over the years I have cultivated a few little rituals that can help relieve the nasty side effects of flying. Here are a few tips for your trip that will help you arrive feeling normal.
1) Drink! No, not the fun stuff, try to stay away from that. . . Drink at least a liter of water for every 8 hours you travel.
2) Get an aisle seat! Feet and legs can swell up to the point where you look like you sprained them during long flights. Having an aisle seat lets you get up and move around, as well as get to the bathroom.
3) Stretch and Invert! Get up and touch your toes during your flight. I am always the crazy girl doing yoga at the airport during my layover. I recommend doing inversions which helps you depuff. Find a wall and do a handstand or headstand. If you are not that limber simply lie down and put your feet up on the wall.
4) Eat healthy! Don't eat the inflight food, it is not real food anyways. Find something nutritious at the layover stop and eat that instead. I like to carry fruit and nuts with me on board, just make sure not to bring them into the next country.
5) Clean up! Brush your hair, brush your teeth, hell take a little shower in the sink if you want to!
These simple tips should make your arrival close to the Casablanca scenario that you imagine.