December 1, 2004
Health Tip: Plane Sense
Suggestions for healthy airplane travel
(HealthDayNews) -- It's the holiday season and people are heading to the airport to visit family and friends.
Here are suggestions to help make plane travel safer and more comfortable, according to familydoctor.org:
- Pack a couple of days' supply of medication in your carry-on luggage. Bring along a list of the names and dosages of all of your medicines.
- If you have diabetes or epilepsy, carry a notification and identification card. Have the name and phone number of your doctor with you in case of emergency.
- The air in airplanes is dry, so drink nonalcoholic, decaffeinated beverages and water to avoid becoming dehydrated.
- If your ears hurt when you fly, try taking a decongestant (such as pseudoephedrine) before you get on the plane. You also can swallow often and chew gum during the flight. Babies can suck on a bottle or pacifier.