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  • Art Kramer | August 8, 2016 6:00 PM ET

    The Flight Ahead: Surviving Long Haul Flights Comfortably

    The Flight Ahead: Surviving Long Haul Flights Comfortably

    Photo courtesy of Ntaba African Safaris

    Ntaba African Safaris wants you to arrive in Africa healthy and fresh as a daisy, something that can be a challenge after a 15-hour, long haul flight. But that doesn’t mean it’s impossible.

    Starting with physical health, it's all about keeping the blood flowing — walk around during the flight and maybe try some plane yoga. Wear loose fitting, comfortable clothes and maybe some compression stockings. Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and keep adult beverages to a minimum (they are notorious dehydrators). A great way to pass the time: Put on an eye mask, plug up those ears, elevate your feet (if possible) and sleep! But don’t take sleeping pills, as they will cause you to stay too long in one position, which isn’t good for blood flow.

    READ MORE: The Age-Old Question: What Do I Pack for an African Safari?

    Now for mental health. When not sleeping, fend off boredom by keeping yourself entertained for the 15-hour flight. Take advantage of Wi-Fi when available, read a book, check out in-flight entertainment on your seatback screen, or do one of those adult coloring books that are currently so popular.   

    FOR MORE TIPS ON HOW TO HAVE A GOOD FLIGHT TO AFRICA, visit the Ntaba African Safaris blog.


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Art Kramer The Unique African Experience

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