Although traveling to new places is exciting, depending on the length of the trip, it can also be a physical, emotional and energetic stress. Everyone feels the effects of travelling differently. Those effects can range from joy and excitement to total panic and physical dysregulation.
Highly sensitive people experience the world differently. They are acutely affected by things other people may have no awareness of, for example: other people’s energies, different forms of lighting, smells, food allergies + sensitivities, noise and EMF pollution.
Luckily there are many strategies to help with the stress of travel and long journeys.
1. Staying Hydrated
Staying hydrated is the single best way to ensure a positive traveling experience. The air inside the cabin of a plane has a humidity level of about 10 to 20 percent which is much lower than a comfortable, typical indoor humidity of 30 to 65 percent. Dehydration can be a real problem for people with respiratory issues such as asthma. It can cause dry and irritated skin and eyes and an increased risk of catching a virus. Humidity keeps the mucosa of your airways moist so that it can trap pathogens trying to get into your body. When the mucosa is dried out from dehydration, viral and bacterial pathogens can pass through easier. Dehydration can also cause fatigue, lethargy and body aches and pains.
The Functions of Water in Our Body Include:
So How much Water should I drink?
The National Academy of Sciences recommends adequate fluid intake to be:
These fluids can include water, other beverages and food. About 20% of our fluid intake comes from food ~ 540 mL for women. During plane travel those numbers increase due to the dehydrated environment. Continuous fluid intake during plane travel is important. Once you are past security you can load up on purified water, fresh juices or smoothies like Odwalla and Happy Planet.
Keeping your skin hydrated will feel better as well. Pack a non-toxic lotion or cream to put on during the flight to reduce dry and itchy skin.
Dr. Ariel Jones ND