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Protect Yourself from Dry Air

How do you protect yourself from the dry air on a plane? The air is much drier than desert air, and will dehydrate your system, so here are ways to be more comfortable and fight the dryness:

  • Drink plenty of water. Although you can request water from your flight attendants, it is a good idea to bring plenty of water on board with you. You may either purchase bottled water once you pass security or bring an empty bottle with you to fill from a water fountain.  (Note: some airports do not allow any liquids to be brought onboard, as I recently found out in Hong Kong.)
  • Use eye drops (eye drops may now be carried through security) whenever your eyes feel dry.
  • Use saline nasal gel if your nostrils feel clogged up and uncomfortable. Saline nasal gel, found near the nose and eye drop section of a drugstore, can help keep the inside of your nose moist and make breathing more comfortable. Apply in the restroom and wash your hands before and after. You can put it on a cotton swab and coat the inner 1/2 inch of your nasal passages. This really works for preventing your nose from painfully drying out.
  • Bring lip balm in a 3 oz or smaller container and use it to protect your lips from becoming painfully dry.
  • Bring a small container of hand lotion or cocoa butter if your skin dries easily.

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