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. Try taking a decongestant before you get on the airplane, particularly if you are suffering from a head cold or swollen sinuses.
  2. Swallow often and chew gum during the flight.
  3. Drink plenty of fluids.
  4. Pinch your nostrils shut and breathe through your mouth; force air into the back of your nose as if trying to blow your nose.
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