Air travel has become so commonplace today, that many persons think of it as routine as taking the bus was in years past. However, particularly on longer flights, air travel may pose some discomforts to be aware of. The following are tips, which are especially useful for those traveling internationally, those who may be on airplanes for long periods of time, or passengers crossing multiple time zones.

  1. Carry medications in your carry-on luggage. Before you leave, discuss with your physician whether or not you should change medication dosages, particularly if you will be crossing time zones and your eating and sleeping schedules will change upon reaching your destination.
  2. If you have diabetes, epilepsy, or any other chronic condition which could require emergency medical attention, carry a notification and identification card with you. Have the name and phone number of your physician with you, as well as a list with names and dosages of all your medications.
  3. Be sure to drink plenty of nonalcoholic, decaffeinated beverages, and water to prevent dehydration. Remember, the air in airplanes is very dry.