You want to feel your best when you travel, so it's important to focus on your health and well-being.

Be ready

  • Get a good night's sleep. If you're crossing time zones, go to bed a little earlier or later to compensate for the time change.
  • When you put your baggage in the overhead, lift with both hands and bend your knees not your back!
  • Keep essentials in your carry-on bag and pack medication in their original containers. If you wear contact lenses, bring your contact case, a small amount of solution and your glasses.
  • Drink plenty of fluids. Water and fruit juice will keep you hydrated and will reduce the effects of jet lag. Limit alcohol and caffeine intake - they cause dehydration.

Check with the TSA for information on what you can carry on.

Increase circulation

Breathe slowly and deeply to increase oxygen flow and help you relax. Avoid crossing your legs and stretch frequently.

You can also try:

  • Ankle twirls: Lift your feet and twirl your feet in a circular fashion for several seconds.
  • Foot pumps: Keep your heels on the floor and lift your toes as high as possible for a few seconds and repeat as desired.
  • Knee lifts: Hold your knee with both hands and lift your knee toward your chest. Hold this stretch for 15 seconds and let your knee down. Repeat with the other knee.
  • Finger and toe stretch: Clench fingers (toes) inward and then stretch them outward. Repeat several times with hands and feet.
  • Shoulder rolls: Lift your shoulders upward and then move them in a circular fashion for about 30 seconds.
  • Neck roll: Drop your right ear toward your right shoulder and gently roll your head forward to the left side. Then roll your head in the same fashion toward the right side. Repeat several times.
  • Hug stretch: Bring your right hand over your left shoulder and your left hand behind your right elbow. Gently pull the elbow toward your body and hold for a few seconds. Do the same with your left elbow. Repeat several times.

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