How to travel comfortably while ill

Falling ill a few days prior to catching a plane to any destination could be one of the worst feelings ever.
If you've seen a doctor and they've given you a go-ahead to board your flight, then you shouldn't allow the cold, flu, a slight cough or the sniffles to get you down.
Unfortunately, getting the flu does not always come with a warning. Changing seasons is one of the many causes of colds and flu so instead of postponing your upcoming trip to Cape Town, here's how you can take on a flight when you are not feeling 100%:
  • Drink water regularly. If you're on one of our flights to Lubumbashi,then you'll be in the air for quite some time. Flying and having a cold has proven to be dehydrating. Have a water bottle with you and drink from it as regularly as you can. It could prevent you from feeling worse.
  • Get your beauty rest. Getting enough sleep has many benefits - from removing those unwanted eye bags to passing the time, making your flight an easier one. So, make sure you have a good night's rest before you fly and that you have a great nap on your flight too, especially if you’re on one of our flights to Zambia from Durban. Being sick on your flight can make a 2-and-a-half-hour flight seem far longer.  Getting comfortable on your flight by wearing an eye mask and supporting your neck with a pillow will have you catching Z's in no time.
  • Try to be as 'germ-free' as possible. Wear a face mask if you don't mind the odd stare and use a hand sanitiser as often as you can especially after you blow your nose. This will get rid of any germs that could make you feel worse and it can prevent you from spreading your germs to your fellow passengers. Use a tissue when touching the toilet handles or any other object on the aeroplane too. Because germs are everywhere, you don't want your condition to get worse than it already is.
  • Ensure you have your medication with you. Travelling while sick without medication should never be an option. Check with your airport if they have a pharmacy section where you can purchase travel size medication.
  • Unclog your ears. Take a decongestant about 30 minutes prior to boarding your flight. Another way to keep those Eustachian tubes open is by yawning regularly and chewing gum.
If your doctor has instructed you not to travel depending on the severity of your illness, try to get a doctor's note from them. Check with the airport whether you can get a refund or if you do not have to pay a cancellation fee after providing them with the relevant paperwork.
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