5 Ways to Prepare Yourself for a Long-Haul Flight to Antigua and Barbuda
Many people view long-haul flights as boring and inconvenient. Being seated in the same chair for seven hours or so with nothing to do except to watch something on a small screen, listen to music, read a book, look outside the window (if you are near it), or sleep can certainly get tedious. And it doesn’t matter if you’re traveling for business or pleasure.
After being granted citizenship through the Antigua & Barbuda citizenship program, expect to experience some discomfort and boredom, too, on your first lengthy flight to the Caribbean. You also need to be aware of some health risks that come with staying in a plane for long hours.
Since you won’t be able to stand up and walk around frequently as you want and have to remain in your seat for hours, you may start to feel some pain in your back and legs. You may also get dehydrated, especially if you don’t drink plenty of water during the flight.
Many people also experience some swelling in their feet and ankles and have headaches during long-haul flights. These are two more risks that you have to be aware of, too.
Preparing well physically for your journey to Antigua and Barbuda can help you avoid or minimize the risks and discomfort that you might experience while on the plane.
With sufficient preparation, you can have a more comfortable and pleasant plane ride, no matter how long it is. Moreover, you will be able to enjoy your stay in Antigua and Barbuda from the start, whether you are staying here permanently as a citizen or temporarily for a holiday.
Preparing Physically for Long Flights
Below are five tips for preparing your body for your first long-haul flight to the Caribbean:
1. See your doctor
Whether you plan on staying in Antigua and Barbuda long-term or for a short period only and whether you intend to spend most of your time here relaxing or engaging in various sports, visit your doctor at least three weeks before your flight.
By getting a checkup weeks before your flight, you will know if you have any health issues that you need to address now. If your doctor prescribed you some medicines, you can start taking them now. Make sure you get all the prescriptions you need so you can bring your medications during your trip.
Seeing your doctor at least three weeks prior to your trip will also give you time to return for another checkup and see if your health has improved and if you can stop taking your medication. You can also get approval from your doctor and know if you are physically ready for your flight.
Additionally, you can check with your doctor if you can get the vaccinations you need to be allowed to go on your trip.
2. Increase your workout time
If you don’t exercise regularly, working out weeks before your flight will give you plenty of health benefits.
Regular exercise allows you to maintain and improve your muscular strength and cardiovascular fitness. It also boosts your immune system, thereby enabling you to protect yourself from illnesses. Working out helps you stay mentally and physically healthy, too.
Before your flight, engage in some gentle aerobic exercise. This can include walking around the block or park while taking deep breaths, cycling, or going for a relaxing swim.
These exercises can help keep the blood flowing in your body and loosen up any tight muscles or joints.
If you already have a workout program, add 30 minutes to your routine, especially three or four days before your flight.
However, be careful about engaging in strenuous exercises that you are not used to. You may accidentally pull a muscle or throw out your back, which can delay and affect your travel plans.
3. Maintain a healthy diet
Eating nutritious foods and staying clear of unhealthy ones will also allow you to maintain a healthy body and be physically fit and ready for your trip.
Add more fresh fruits and vegetables to your daily meals. Eat more low fat, healthy proteins, such as lean meats and fatty fish. And to reduce the risk of getting sick during your flight, consume foods that help boost the immune system. These include almonds, citrus fruits, berries, garlic, spinach, and yogurt.
Days before your flight, avoid eating foods that are loaded with sodium since these can cause dehydration and swelling of the hands and feet.
4. Hydrate sufficiently
Consuming plenty of water before and during your trip is important. This is because prolonged periods of stay in a climate-controlled cabin can dehydrate you.
Additionally, increasing your water intake can help you avoid skin issues and inflammation, which you can also experience when you are on a lengthy plane ride.
Fresh fruit juices and shakes are also safe to drink. However, stay away from caffeinated, carbonated, and alcoholic beverages since these may cause you to feel restless and prevent you from sleeping. These can also alter your sleep cycle during and after your flight.
5. Pack wellness essentials in your carry-on
Having everything you need to be healthy and fit during your long-haul flight is also crucial. As such, make sure you have your prescribed medicines and vitamins in your hand-carry baggage.
Ensure you have enough of your medications to avoid running out while overseas. Also, don’t forget to bring your prescriptions in case you need to refill.
Additionally, pack some cough drops, pain relievers, and anti-diarrhea medicines to be prepared in case you experience an itchy throat, sudden headache, or upset stomach.
Don’t forget to pack a hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, and facial tissues to keep your hands clean and germ-free.
Finally, pack healthy snacks, such as fresh or dried fruits, trail mixes, and granola bars. Bring a reusable drinking bottle as well and refill it when you can so you can take frequent sips of water throughout your flight.
By following these tips, you will be more comfortable during your long-haul flight. More importantly, you will stay healthy and fit and avoid getting sick during your trip.
And when you finally arrive in Antigua and Barbuda, you will get more from your investment and enjoy your stay here fully.
Jimmy Webster is a Partner at Citizens International, a white-glove specialist firm offering private client services necessary for citizenship investment into the Caribbean, North America and Europe. A qualified lawyer based between the UK and the Caribbean, he is an experienced consultant who works directly with many professional partners and advises clients worldwide.