How to Stay Hydrated While Flying

How to Stay Hydrated in Flight. Flying can dehydrate you and dry out your skin. These tips and beauty products will help you stay hydrated! #traveltips #travelbeauty

Struggling with the effects of dehydration while flying? Find out how to stay hydrated in flight with these tips and essential products to keep your skin feeling moisturized!

Staying hydrated while flying is TOUGH. It’s tough while traveling in general, but it’s especially difficult in the air. When you’re traveling at such high altitudes (around 35,000 ft) with such low humidity (10-20% humidity inside the cabin), the air becomes very dry.

The low humidity and air filtration system in flight really sucks the moisture out of your skin, your hair, and your entire body. This is why it’s so important to drink water and take extra care to keep your hydration levels up. There is nothing I hate more than dry skin or a dry mouth, so I do everything I can to stay hydrated during my flight.

Negative Effects of Dehydration During Travel:

  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Dry/Scratchy Eyes
  • Chapped Lips
  • Dry Skin
  • Itchy Throat
  • Dizziness/Lightheadedness
  • Digestive Issues
  • Increased Risk for Colds
  • Nose Bleeds

These effects might seem insignificant on shorter flights, but they become more severe the longer you’re in the air. Which means it’s extra important to stay hydrated on long haul flights to avoid these issues.

Besides drinking lots of water, you’ll want to avoid alcohol and caffeine, as these will only promote dehydration. It’s also helpful to keep some in-flight essentials with you to take care of your skin, hair, eyes, and sinuses. I also recommend taking a Vitamin C supplement before/during your flight since dehydration will make you more prone to viruses. I bring Emergen-C packets with me when flying.


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How to Stay Hydrated While Flying


Carry-On Packing List to Stay Hydrated in Flight

Here are the 12 essential items you need to pack in your carry-on. These will help keep you hydrated, keep your skin moisturized, and stop eyes, throat and mouth from becoming irritated.

How to Stay Hydrated in Flight. Flying can dehydrate you and dry out your skin. These tips and beauty products will help you stay hydrated! #traveltips #travelbeauty


Drink Water

This is an obvious one, but it’s also the most important step to staying hydrated while flying. Drink lots and lots of water before and during your flight. Getting up constantly to use the bathroom on a long-haul flight is annoying, but it’s better than being dehydrated. I try to drink as much water as I can before flying so my body is well-prepared.

Tips:

  • Drink at least 64 oz of water in the hours leading up to your flight. I do this before I even leave for the airport, and then drink another 8 oz or so at the airport before boarding.
  • Pack a reusable water bottle that you can fill up whenever and wherever. Not only does this reduce plastic bottle consumption and waste (eco-friendly!), it also makes it a lot more convenient for you to drink more water. Fill it up right before boarding to make sure it’s full and ready to go.
  • You don’t need to chug your water on the plane (unless you are really starting to feel the effects of dehydration). Pace yourself, but make sure you are regularly taking sips of water.
  • People tend to underestimate how much water they really need, especially while traveling. Eight ounces of water per hour of flight is a general guideline to keep in mind.
  • Once you get off the plane, drink more water! My first stop after a flight is the bathroom, and then I find a place to refill my water bottle, take a seat, and start rehydrating. We lose a lot of water in-flight, so you need to get your hydration levels back up ASAP.

Recommended Reusable Water Bottles

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Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize

Dehydration and dry air equals DRY SKIN. Dry skin is so irritating and it’s bound to make you feel extra uncomfortable in flight. Make sure you keep everything well moisturized before, during, and after flying.

Tips:

  • I like to do a full body exfoliation and moisturization before heading to the airport, since you can only do so much once you get on the plane. Use an in-shower body scrub and a thick body lotion.
  • Bring a good-quality hand cream to apply throughout the flight. A non-greasy formula will save you a lot of hassle!
  • Don’t forget your face! Bring a face cream to moisturize your skin.
  • Coconut oil is a great product for moisturizing skin and hair, but it can be messy when it’s in liquid form.
  • This hydrating stick is a fully solid form that’s easy to use on the plane.
  • Your lips are important too. Bring a good lip balm (I prefer Carmex), and try out a lip scrub if you need extra help.

Recommended Moisturizers

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How to Stay Hydrated in Flight. Flying can dehydrate you and dry out your skin. These tips and beauty products will help you stay hydrated! #traveltips #travelbeauty

Take Care of Your Skin

During any long-haul flight (8 hours or more), I like to take extra care of my skin. I’m all about making sure my face is clean, fresh, hydrated, and smooth. I just hate the feeling of dry flaky skin! For this reason, I typically don’t wear foundation while flying. I want to be able to treat my skin throughout the flight, and makeup only makes it drier.

Tips:

  • Start by removing your makeup with a face wipe if you wore makeup to the airport.
  • Use a heavier face cream to lock in moisture and keep your skin from drying out.
  • I also bring a face mist to spritz on every once in a while. It’s a quick fix to make your skin feel fresh (just be careful not to spray your seatmate!).
  • A super hydrating face mask is a fun way to keep your skin feeling healthy and glowy. You can use a sheet mask or a simple gel, whatever you’re comfortable with. Doing a sheet mask on the plane definitely looks silly, but no one really cares. Do what you gotta do to keep that skin hydrated!
  • Using an eye cream in flight will help with under eye bags, dark circles, and puffiness. Not only will the cream make you feel more awake, but it will make you LOOK more awake when you get off the plane. I prefer eye creams with caffeine in them to really brighten my under eyes.
  • A hydrating face serum/oil is easy to massage into your skin mid-flight for extra moisture.

Hydrating Skincare Recommendations

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Avoid Dry Eyes

Having dry eyes can make you feel extra sleepy and groggy. It can also make it tough to read or get work done on the plane. Severe dry eyes can even be painful and damaging. Again, drinking water is the best way to avoid this, but there are a couple other things you can do too.

Tips:

  • Use eye drops to keep your eyes from drying out. These will add moisture and reduce redness.
  • Don’t wear contacts while flying. Dry eyes and contact lenses are a potentially damaging combination, so long-haul flights are an especially bad time to wear them. A shorter flight should be fine, but if you do wear them on a longer flight, take them out a couple hours in.
  • Remove eye makeup. Mascara and other eye makeup can cause irritation to already dry eyes, so remove it after you board if you’re going to be in the air for a while.
  • Use a lid/lash cleaner as an extra barrier against dryness. You can get these solutions in little spray bottles or in disposable cloths to wash your lashes. They help make your eyes feel a little bit fresher.
  • Rest your eyes every 30 minutes or so. Your eyes are going to have a more difficult time producing natural tears, so keeping them closed for a full minute every half hour will help. Your eyes are also going to feel extra tired, so a little shut eye can give them some relief.
  • If you’re planning on watching movies or staring at your laptop/phone/tablet a lot during your flight, blue light glasses can help with eye strain. Since they’re already dealing with dryness, you don’t want to add any extra strain.

Recommended Eye Products

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How to Stay Hydrated in Flight. Flying can dehydrate you and dry out your skin. These tips and beauty products will help you stay hydrated! #traveltips #travelbeauty


Quick Tips to Stay Hydrated While Flying

Didn’t read the rest of the article? Here are a few quick tips to keep in mind to stay hydrated in flight.

  1. Drink lots of water before and during your flight.
  2. Use a thick cream to keep hands and skin moisturized.
  3. Avoid caffeine and alcohol while flying (these drinks will dehydrate you).
  4. Bring eye drops and wear glasses instead of contacts.
  5. Use hydrating face masks, mists, and oils to treat your skin.

How to Stay Hydrated in Flight. Flying can dehydrate you and dry out your skin. These tips and beauty products will help you stay hydrated! #traveltips #travelbeauty

How to Stay Hydrated While Flying FAQ

A few quick answers to a few quick questions about how to stay hydrated on your flight.

Why are flights so dehydrating?

The cabins on airplanes have a very low level of humidity. This is due both to the altitude at which they’re traveling, and the air filtration system in place to keep the air clean.

Dry air (low humidity) is dehydrating because it essentially sucks the moisture out of your body. Consider what it would be like to stand outside in dry desert air for a while. Even without heat, your skin will start to dry out and you’ll start to notice the effects of dehydration.

So on a plane, you have to continuously rehydrate in order to keep your body and skin well hydrated.

How much water should you drink on a flight?

The general rule is to drink about 8 ounces of water (or at least some kind of liquid) for every 1 hour that you’re on the plane. So if you’re on a short 2 hour flight, a glass or two is enough water to keep you hydrated. If you’re on a long-haul flight of 6 hours or more, you’ll feel a lot better if you keep up with the 8 ounces/every hour.

How do you stay hydrated while flying?

The best way to stay hydrated while flying is to drink lots and lots of water, avoid alcohol and caffeine, and use a good quality lotion to keep skin moisturized.

How do you keep your skin hydrated on a plane?

Besides drinking water, the main things I do to keep my skin hydrated on a plane are:

  • Remove makeup before/during flight
  • Cleanse skin with Micellar water, face cleansing wipes, etc. mid-flight
  • Moisturize face with a heavy cream
  • Spritz on a facial mist every hour or so

What should I drink on a long haul flight?

Regular old water is the BEST thing to drink on a long-haul flight. It’s the one thing that will keep you hydrated without causing other unwanted effects (alcohol, caffeine, or sugary drinks aren’t good in large quantities).

I personally like to drink mostly water, and then mix in a drink with electrolytes (like these Emergen-C Hydrating packets) for a little extra help with hydration.

What are the signs of dehydration?

The most immediate signs of dehydration are:

  • Fatigue
  • Dry mouth/throat
  • Headaches
  • Dry, flaky, or cracking skin
  • Upset stomach or GI discomfort

I hope these tips will help you stay hydrated while flying. The most important tip is to always drink water! This is just a general life tip, because no matter where you are or what you’re doing, your body needs water. But make sure you give your skin some extra love while flying too.

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By Courtney Minor

Wandering around and writing about it.

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