9 Flight Travel Tips for Wellbeing from Emirates

Follow these flight travel tips from the insider’s at Emirates to help you improve your wellbeing whilst flying for your next adventure.

9 Flight Travel Tips for Wellbeing from Emirates

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1. Hydrate

Hydration is the key to comfort when flying and drinking water before, during, and after a flight is the best way to care for your body while travelling. If you bring your own refillable water bottle on board, Cabin Crew can fill this for you or provide regular cups of water. First and Business Class customers will be offered freshly pressed fruit and vegetable juice onboard too. Many of Emirates frequent flyers supplement their hydration with soluble oral rehydration tablets – an electrolyte mix recommended for travel, available to purchase onboard through onboard.

2. Replenish skin moisture

Flying is the perfect time to treat your skin to some extra hydration, whether with your own favourite product or some complimentary, world class products from Emirates. If possible, try to avoid wearing make up when flying to let your skin breathe or remove make up shortly after take off. For the perfect facial in the sky, consider including a cleanser, serum, moisturiser, eye cream and a hydrating facial spritz into your. Just make sure they’re under 100ml for your hand luggage.

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Emirates passengers will receive complimentary skincare from Swedish skincare range Byredo in First Class, Bulgari skincare and lip balm in First and Business Class, and additional organic skincare and hand creams from Voya in First and Business Class bathrooms and A380 Shower Spa. In the Economy Class bathrooms, customers can experience a rich moisturiser from The White Company.

3. Choose tea over coffee

Dilmah Tea is a renowned Sri Lankan tea company who explain that healthy, natural teas can aid digestion significantly after a meal. Black or green tea in particular aid digestion, reducing cholesterol and benefiting gut health. Dilmah tea also contains powerful antioxidants which are rich in protective plant compounds. As there is less caffeine in tea than coffee, it provides a more moderate and sustained energy boost without causing jitteriness, ideal for passengers travelling through time zones. The Chamomile Herb Infusion contains a natural antioxidant which enhances quality of sleep, which can support passengers who need to sleep on long haul journeys.

4. Breathe mindfully

Try some popular deep breathing exercises like ‘box breathing’ where you inhale for 4 seconds, hold for 4 seconds, exhale for 4 seconds and hold for 4 seconds, can help customers induce a deeper state of relaxation. Regular travellers will know that the air in all aircrafts have low humidity, which can sometimes cause mild drying of the skin, nose, throat, or eyes. Some frequent travellers recommend using a nasal spray to hydrate the nasal passages before flying, as well as hydrating eye drops and removing contact lenses for additional comfort.

The rate of air change in the aircraft cabin has been proven as better than office buildings and trains, comparable to that of hospital operating theatres. Flights are non‑smoking, so the level of airborne pollutants is far lower than on most city streets or buildings. Fresh air is constantly added to recycled air through very fine HEPA filters that remove 99.997% of all dust, viruses, fungi and bacteria, so customers can breathe deeply knowing the air is clean and safe.

5. Maintain good hygeine

It is important to maintain good hygiene while travelling to stay healthy. Be sure to wash hands regularly and travelling with an antibacterial hand gel is always a good idea for maximum convenience at your seat. Complimentary comfort items like blankets, headphones, cutlery, and amenities are always presented to passengers in hygienically sealed packaging.

6. Treat yourself to a massage

One of the best ways to relax before or after travel is to enjoy a massage. It’s also a great way to start your holiday. Try opting for a full body massage to help loosen stiff muscles, release toxins and rehydrate the skin. First and Business Class Emirates passengers can enjoy The Timeless Spa in the lounges of Terminal 3, Dubai International Airport (DXB). In the First Class Lounge, a selection of spa treatments are complimentary for customers.

7. Minimise stress by using technology

Travelling can be stressful for some but it’s also easier than ever before, with technology offering customers more control over their journey. Download your airline’s app to have a range of information and services at your fingertips. With the Emirate’s app you can book and change flights, check in online and choose seats, download a digital boarding pass for most destinations, get notifications about your flight, check what meals will be served, pre-order your hot meal in Business Class, book a chauffeur drive service and even pre-select and plan movies to watch via ice inflight entertainment.

8. Stretch

To stay refreshed during and after a long flight, performing simple in‑seat exercises every few hours can be beneficial for customers in all classes. Emirates recommends specific exercises such as feet circling, knee presses, shoulder circles and neck stretches, which are explained in the in‑flight magazine and on the Emirates website. Even these small and regular exercises can help blood flow and mobility when on a long flight.

9. Prioritise nutritious food

It’s easier said than done whilst travelling, but whenever possible, try to opt for fresh and nutritious food whilst flying, even if this means picking up a few fresh items from the airport shops before stepping on board your plane. It can make a real difference to how you feel when you step off the plane on the other side. If you’re flying with Emirates you can expect to receive nutritious dishes across all classes. Multi-course menus are designed by Emirates’ master chefs to highlight seasonal products and celebrate locally sourced ingredients.


Whatever airline you’re flying with next, try implementing a few of these recommendations to prioritise your health and wellbeing whilst travelling.

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Jessica Ruth Gibson is the Founder and Editor of Travelista and an award-winning travel content creator of 10 years. She lives in York, UK with her son and has travelled to over 50 countries; her favourites being Italy, Canada and Vietnam.

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