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Cabin crew share the best plane travel hacks you need to know

Simon Calder’s Travel

Holidays are becoming more of a luxury and it’s important to ensure that you have all bases covered.

So, what are the best travel hacks to ensure you have the best holiday experience? We asked travel experts and frequent flyers to share everything their top hacks…

Avoid heavy, greasy meals

Jenna Wright*, a cabin crew member, has a solution for avoiding post-flight bloat.

“Bloating is one of the most annoying things about flights – especially when travelling long-haul,” Wright says.

“The combination of reduced air pressure, dehydration and sitting for long periods of time slows down your digestion and leads to a build-up of gas in your digestive tract. This is why you often feel bloated, gassy and nauseated while flying.

“For travellers who are trying to minimise post-flight bloat, I would suggest avoiding eating anything heavy, spicy or greasy before you fly. Instead, try to stick to foods that are easier to digest.”

Follow the 24-hour rule to rehydrateAbby Dunn, marketing manager at Ocean Florida, who has made the nine-hour flight to Florida 42 times, also shares her top tip for dealing with bloating and flight-triggered digestive discomfort.

“The best thing you can do to minimise bloating and ensure comfort is to hydrate yourself – not only before your flight but also once you make it to your hotel or holiday villa too,” says Dunn.

“Try to follow the 24-hour rule – upping your water intake for 24 hours before and after your flight to prevent dehydration and water retention.”

This will help keep dehydration headaches and dry skin at bay, too.

A lady drinking a hot beverage on a flight (Alamy/PA)

Skip the aeroplane food

If you are especially prone to bloating and feeling the effects of dehydration, you might also want to skip the in-flight meal and bring your own food.

“You lose your taste buds in the air, so they fill the food with salt and oil to try and give it some flavour – which is extremely bloating,” Wright adds.

Use technology to your advantage

For Lee Dobson, co-founder of Travel City, noise-cancelling headphones are a travel must-have.

“They create a personal oasis of calm, even in the noisiest of cabins (or help me focus if I’m trying to finish a report on the flight),” he says.

“Alongside that, I always ensure my iPad is loaded with shows, movies, and playlists to keep me entertained. The power…

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