Making your flight to Hawaii more pleasant involves a few simple steps, many of which are recommended by airlines. Consider chewing gum, yawning, or sucking on hard candies to alleviate ear pressure during take-off and landing. Staying hydrated throughout the journey is crucial, so consume ample water. Additionally, to avoid stiffness, do light stretching exercises while seated and, when it’s safe, take frequent walks through the cabin. Following these tips will help you feel better during the flight and ensure you arrive in Hawaii feeling refreshed and ready to enjoy your stay.
Don’t Leave Home Without It!!
If you are prone to airsickness, it is advised to consult your physician before your flight to Hawaii. They may be able to prescribe medication to help manage your symptoms. The low humidity levels in the cabin can exacerbate allergy or asthma symptoms, so take necessary preventative measures. To tackle jet lag, adjust your watch to Hawaii time as soon as you board. Stay awake if it’s daytime at your destination, and try to sleep if it’s nighttime. Using earplugs and a sleep mask can help block distractions.
Ensure you eat before your flight so hunger doesn’t disturb your sleep. Notify the flight attendant that you won’t eat to avoid being awakened for a meal. A helpful tip is to fasten your seatbelt over your blanket so the flight attendant doesn’t wake you during seat belt checks.
Sleep to no Sleep?
Resist the urge to sleep if you arrive during the day but it’s nighttime at home. Engage in light exercise like walking to energize your body and inhibit the production of sleep-inducing hormones.
For pregnant travelers, it is generally advised to avoid flying during the last six weeks of pregnancy. Some airlines mandate a doctor’s statement, dated within 72 hours of departure, for passengers traveling within 30 days of their expected delivery date. Pregnant women must consult their obstetricians before traveling.
Additionally, don’t forget to inform the airline if you have any dietary restrictions or need special assistance during the flight. Most airlines are happy to accommodate your needs but require advance notice. Also, keep yourself entertained during the flight by bringing along books, music, or movies. And remember, while alcohol and caffeine may seem like good ideas to help you relax or stay awake, they can actually dehydrate you and make jet lag worse, so it’s best to limit your intake during the flight.
More tips to make you Comfy!
- Reserve an aisle seat so that you can easily access the bathroom and move about the cabin.
- Getting up and walking regularly will help combat swelling and discomfort.
- Bring a copy of your medical records and ask your doctor for a referral in case of an emergency while you are away.
- Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothes and flat shoes. Wear layers if you are prone to body-temperature fluctuations.
- Keep your seatbelt low around your hips, not around your abdomen.
- Get a small pillow from the flight attendant and place it under your lower back to avoid back strain.
- Drink plenty of water—at least one liter for every two hours in flight.
- Avoiding Deep Vein Thrombosis Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) occurs when blood clots form in the veins, most typically in the legs, and then break off and pass into the lungs causing a pulmonary embolism, or to the heart.
- Get up and walk around the cabin every 30 minutes or so
- Flex your toes, ankles, and calf muscles while seated.
- If there’s room, elevate your feet a bit.