Common Sense Travel Tips

Changes in​ pressure can temporarily block the​ Eustachian tube,​ causing your ears to​ 'pop' or​ to​ experience a​ sensation of​ fullness. to​ equalize the​ pressure,​ swallow frequently; chewing gum sometimes helps. Yawning is​ also effective. Avoid sleeping during descent; you​ may not swallow often enough to​ keep ahead of​ the​ pressure change. if​ yawning or​ swallowing doesn't help,​ use the​ 'valsalva maneuver':

* Pinch your nostrils shut,​ then breathe in​ a​ mouthful of​ air.
* Using only your cheek and throat muscles,​ force air into the​ back of​ your nose as​ if​ you​ were trying to​ blow your thumb and finger off your nostrils.
* Be very gentle and blow in​ short successive attempts. When you​ hear or​ feel a​ pop in​ your ears,​ you​ have succeeded. Never force air from your lungs or​ abdomen (diaphragm); this can create pressures that are too intense.

Babies are especially troubled by these pressure changes during descent. Having them feed from a​ bottle or​ suck on​ a​ pacifier will often provide relief. Avoid flying if​ you​ have recently had abdominal,​ eye or​ oral surgery,​ including a​ root canal. the​ pressure changes that occur during climb and descent can result in​ discomfort.

If you​ have an​ upper respiratory or​ sinus infection,​ you​ may also experience discomfort resulting from pressure changes. Postpone your trip if​ possible. (Check to​ see if​ your fare has cancellation or​ change penalties.) a​ final tip on​ pressure changes: they cause your feet to​ swell. Try not to​ wear new or​ tight shoes while flying.

Alcohol and coffee both have a​ drying effect on​ the​ body. Airliner cabin air is​ relatively dry to​ begin with,​ and the​ combination can increase your chances of​ contracting a​ respiratory infection. if​ you​ wear contact lenses,​ the​ low cabin humidity and/or consumption of​ alcohol or​ coffee can reduce your tear volume,​ leading to​ discomfort if​ you​ don't blink often enough. Lens wearers should clean their lenses thoroughly before the​ flight,​ use lubricating eye drops during the​ flight,​ read in​ intervals,​ and take the​ lenses out if​ they nap.

If you​ are permitted to​ buy bottled water and bring it​ on​ the​ plane (check before your fly),​ get the​ biggest bottle you​ can carry. Some countries don’t allow you​ to​ carry a​ bottle of​ water through the​ security checkpoint – but you​ can purchase one in​ the​ terminal (at ridiculously higher prices). Even if​ you​ can buy the​ water at​ the​ terminal,​ doesn’t mean you​ can carry it​ onboard. Check,​ check and re-check.

If you​ take prescription medications,​ bring enough to​ last through your trip. Take along a​ copy of​ the​ prescription,​ or​ your doctor's name and telephone number,​ in​ case the​ medication is​ lost or​ stolen. the​ medicine should be in​ the​ original prescription bottle in​ order to​ avoid questions at​ security or​ Customs inspections. Carry it​ in​ a​ pocket or​ a​ carry-on bag; don't pack it​ in​ a​ checked bag,​ in​ case the​ bag is​ lost. Check with TSA on​ latest rules and regulations.
Common Sense Travel Tips Common Sense Travel Tips Reviewed by Henda Yesti on September 18, 2018 Rating: 5

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