7 Holiday Travel Hacks
by Dean Karnazes, Ultramarathonman and World Traveler
With the holidays approaching, many of us will be traveling to visit friends and family. Travel these days is never easy, especially airline travel. Here are some tips that might make your adventures a little more pleasant. Having visited all 7 continents of earth, twice now, I hope these suggestions are useful.
1. Book an Aisle Seat.
Sitting in the aisle will allow you to get up and move about the cabin more freely, something you should do often, especially on longer flights. Use a service like SeatGuru to select an aisle seat in advance. You might even find one with extra legroom.
2. TSA Pre-Check
I know, I know, it's a hassle getting signed up. But not having to wait in a long security line at the airport makes the hassle worth it. Plus, no need to remove your shoes. Save that for dashing through the snow.
3. Hydrate. Early and Often
The air inside an airplane is dry, so be sure to drink plenty of liquid (yes, alcohol is a liquid, but one that will make things worse rather than better). Clear water is always best.
Okay, that's a made-up word, but you know what I'm talking about. Wearing compression shocks or tights will help prevent swelling. Even inside a pressurized cabin the equivalent altitude can be much higher than sea level. Wearing compression gear helps mitigate this unintended trip to the mountains.
5. Go Dark
Travel with eyeshades and earplugs (or noise cancelling headphones). Even short bouts of sleep can help the body regulate and recover from travel more quickly. Creating the right sleeping environment is key. Try to sleep as often as you can. The strategy of attempting to keep yourself awake so that you can sleep more soundly when the occasion arises usually backfires. Sleep whenever you can.
6. Stay Moist, Inside and Out
Carry hand lotion and lip balm to keep your skin from drying out. Many of us wash our hands frequently when traveling a good practice but the harsh soap in airports and airplanes can leave your skin dried out. Using hand lotion will keep your skin from dryness and cracking. The inside of your body can get dry, too. Moisturizing nose spray is equally soothing, as are moisturizing eye drops. Finally, keeping some lozenges handy can help coat your throat and prevent hoarseness.
7. Be Mindful of Your Diet
This is perhaps the most critical element to control when traveling. The food in airports and on airplanes is notoriously unhealthy, and arriving in an unfamiliar city may leave you without quick access to nutritious options. Fear not, Olomomo can help! I travel with a quiver of flavors to mix things up and keep the adventures fresh. Nuts are both healthy and satiating, helping to stave off those unnecessary cravings that can result in poor food choices when traveling.
Tis the season. May your holiday travels be pleasant, healthy and a bit nutty!
Dean Karnazes is an ultramarathoner and NY Times bestselling author. Make sure to check out his newest book, The Road to Sparta: Reliving the Ancient Battle and Epic Run That Inspired the World's Greatest Footrace
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