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5 Inspiring Ideas to Freshen up in the Middle of Your Travel

Picture this - you are eight hours into a long haul international flight and you need to get something from your carry-on bag in the overhead compartment. You reach up to open the locker and get a whiff of something unpleasant. You look around to give a dirty look to the offending passenger when you realize that it's you!
Clearly the shower you took this morning and the deodorant that you carefully applied are no longer doing their jobs. It’s time to head to the bathroom and freshen up.

Here are Five Ways to Freshen up Mid Travel

1.  Wash Your Face and Body

Inspiring Ideas to Freshen up
Make sure you pack some handy travel wipes and keep them within easy reach. You can either take them with you into the bathroom or use them at your seat.

It is not recommended to drink the tap water in an airplane so it’s probably also not ideal to use it to wash your face. Try a face cleansing wipe instead to remove any makeup, oil or dirt.

An antibacterial hand wipe will keep germs at bay, a flushable personal hygiene wipe will make the after-dinner bathroom visit a lot more comfortable and a quick wipe under the arms with a deodorant towelette will have you smelling fresh again in no time.

2. Change Your Clothes

Make sure to always pack a clean shirt, underwear and socks, and a bag to store your dirty laundry, in your carry on. Stick to natural fibers such as cotton, bamboo, linen, silk or wool as these will help wick sweat away from the body and reduce the chance of odors developing.

Synthetic fibres tend to create static electricity (you’ve probably seen or heard the crackles on those prickly airline blankets) so clothes made from polyester or nylon can become very uncomfortable while traveling.

3. Brush Your Teeth

Clean teeth and fresh breath will make you feel one hundred percent better. Pack a toothbrush, toothpaste and some dental floss to give your teeth a thorough clean, especially after meals. Make sure to use bottled water to rinse out your mouth. You can also get a clean mouth right at your seat with discreet tooth and mouth wipes or sugar-free breath mints.

4. Hydrate your Body

The air in an airplane is so dry. As a result you can easily get very dehydrated, which in turn causes you to feel tired and lethargic. To combat the thirst and recharge your energy, make sure you have a bottle of water with you and take regular drinks. Avoid or minimize alcohol consumption, caffeinated drinks and sugary sodas. You can also take some stick packs of electrolyte-replenishing drinks with you but plain water is always the best option.

To repair dry skin, use a lotion or hydrating mist on your face and body, apply lip balm and lightly scented hand cream.

5. Don’t Forget to Move

The most serious condition associated with being stationary for long periods of time is deep vein thrombosis (DVT). A DVT is a blood clot that forms in the deep veins of the leg. A DVT can be fatal if it moves from the leg and blocks the pulmonary artery, which is the main blood vessel to the lungs. Keep the blood circulating around your legs by taking short walks down the aisle every couple of hours if possible. Try not to sit with your legs crossed and perform leg and foot stretches when seated. Even just flexing and pointing your toes will make a huge difference.

Neck and shoulder stretches will ease built-up tension and a big upward stretch with your arms will get the blood flowing back through your body. Of course, leave this stretch for after you’re done with steps one and two!

What are your top tips for freshening up in the middle of travel?

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Any facts, figures or references stated here are made by the author & don't reflect the endorsement of iU at all times unless otherwise drafted by official staff at iU. This article was first published here on 24th May 2017.

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