Going on holiday? We share our top tips on how to stay healthy and happy while flying

THOUSANDS of us will be heading abroad this summer. But flying isn’t the healthiest of activities – sitting in a cramped plane with hundreds of other passengers, breathing in semi-circulated air, eating processed food and crossing time zones. Today we look at ways to stay healthy while on a plane, and test out travel kits.

 Thousands of us will be jetting off this summer

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Thousands of us will be jetting off this summer

Water

 It's important to stay hydrated while flying, as air in cabins is often dry
It’s important to stay hydrated while flying, as air in cabins is often dry

Staying hydrated in hot, humid cabins will help stop you picking up bugs. Take your own water bottle and fill it up at the airport once you are through security. Try a bottle made of copper, which is said to kill micro-organisms, reduce inflammation, increase brain function and fight cancer. Drink a glass an hour. Mycoppercup, £40 for a 600ml bottle, mycoppercup.co.uk.

Herbal tea

 Herbal teas are a great alternative to sugary, on-flight drinks
Herbal teas are a great alternative to sugary, on-flight drinks

Take your own tea bags and ask the flight attendant for hot water. Better still, bring an empty thermos and fill it up at an airport cafe before flying. Heath & Heather’s organic lemon balm and liquorice tea is a great option. Lemon balm is believed to have anti-viral properties and sweet liquorice root is calming. It costs £2.49 for 20 bags, from hollandandbarrett.com.

Eat

 Having light, healthy snacks can stop you from feeling bloated
Having light, healthy snacks can stop you from feeling bloated

Have light bites when you are in the air as heavy food can cause indigestion. If you are not keen on airline meals, take a healthy snack with you. Real Handful has just launched a range of trail mixes. Their Strawberry Stomp is a delicious mixture of almonds, raisins, strawberries and sunflower seeds. The 35g bag contains just 149 calories but 3.8g of protein. Plus they taste great. From realhandful.com.

Beauty

 This handy travel set will keep your skin hydrated wherever you go
This handy travel set will keep your skin hydrated wherever you go

BUDGET: REN Seriously Good Kit, £36, lookfantastic.com: Made from 100 per cent plant and mineral derived actives and free from synthetic ingredients. This handy set contains a 15ml facial cream, a 15ml radiance renewal mask, a 10ml instant firming serum and a 15ml global protection day cream.

 This all-natural skin care kit will have you glowing through the airport
This all-natural skin care kit will have you glowing through the airport

MID: Skin & Tonic Travel Kit, £39, skinandtonic london.com: Organic set including coconut and shea lip balm, daily scrub, hydrating rose mist toner, serum to reduce pores and cleansing balm. There’s no “wow” smell as they are natural but I loved it.

 If you're going to splash out on your holiday, why not your skin care?

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If you’re going to splash out on your holiday, why not your skin care?

LUXURY: Oskia Skincare Advanced Skin Nutrition Set, £70, oskiaskincare.com: The miniature-sized products come in a carry case and include a cleansing gel, renaissance mask, pro-collagen serum, vitamin-rich day cream, bedtime beauty balm and restoration oil. It is expensive for six small products but the quality and smell makes up for this. My favourite.

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