Traveling with adrenal fatigue can be a gruelling experience. When your default mode is already ‘exhaustion’, the prospect of a lengthy trip is enough to strike dread into any sane human being. The weaker the adrenals, the higher chance that air travel can trigger an adrenal crash. The following air travel tricks&tips will prepare you to arrive in the best shape possible.
Air Travel Tips: Before You Go
- When choosing a suitable travel bag, try to avoid bringing anything with complicated straps that will dig into your hands or back, and most of all, be sure that it’s relatively light to carry.
- Avoid layover flights as much as possible. If you have to stop, it is best to try to layover for 48 to 72 hours allowing the body time to adjust.
- Pre-pack the vast majority of your belongings and essentials into your bags a few days prior to your departure date. Do this at a leisurely pace.
- Bring along pillow, blanket and lumbar support as needed to increase comfort during the trip.
Confirm your seat assignment if possible to avoid being “bumped.”
Air Travel Tips: At Check-in Counter
- Once you are inside the departure terminal, search for a place to sit down. Do not stand in line unless there is no choice. You can use your luggage as a seat if needed.
- Ask for the seating towards the front of the plane or close to the bathroom to avoid excessive walking back and forth.
- Make sure you have an empty water bottle with you to bring past the security checkpoint, unopened snacks, and extra supplements accessible at any time.
Air Travel Tips: At the Gate
- While waiting in departure lounge, sit at the most quite place possible, away from computer monitors, TV screens, and loud music. Sit close to a water fountain and bathroom.
- Keep yourself relaxed by reading a book, listening to your favourite music or just sit and meditate.
- Do Adrenal Breathing Exercises along the way as much as needed.
- Don’t forget to go to the bathroom immediately before pre-boarding.
Air Travel Tips: On the Plane
- Wherever possible, opt for water over alcohol so you’re not giving your adrenals extra work to do on top of managing the additional stress caused by the journey.
- Put down the window shade to shield from bright sunlight.
- Stand up, walk to bathroom and stretch as often as needed, but watch the bathroom line. Do not let yourself be caught standing in line for a prolonged period of time.
- Ask for seat change if your current seat is disrupted by children or infant noise.
- Do not watch action TV or any videos. Enjoy music that you like.
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