Any time is the right time for taking to the skies for vacation and business travel. But when you’re up in the clouds, it can get um kinda dry. You know the drill. You’re snacking on peanuts, the drink cart makes a couple of rounds and before you know it it’s wheels down, and you’re all flaky and dry and thirsty. That’s because you’re dehydrated after flying, and that’s not good.
Before you know it, you’re regretting not drinking more water during the flight and feel your skin getting mighty tight. However, drinking water on a longer flight is a double-edged sword. If you don’t sip, your entire epidermis dries up but if you do, you’ll get swollen feet and end up navigating the drink carts just to wait in line for the toilet.
So how can you fly without the ankle swell or the skin dehydration? Why, by choosing the right foods to eat, of course. And here they are.
Eat these foods and you won’t be dehydrated after flying:
1. Juicy Watermelon Slabs
Watermelon is one of the most hydrating foods out there. It’s a great alternative to plane snacks which have large amounts of sodium, which in turn make you more dehydrated. If you want to make sure you’re not dehydrated after flying, remember to pack big thick slices of melon in a large plastic baggie and take them in your handbag. They won’t be taken away from you and they’re oh so refreshing. You’ll be glad you brought them along when they help you avoid the salty pretzels.
2. Quickie Cucumber Cubes
Cucumbers are about 96 percent water. They also contain no saturated fat or cholesterol and are high in Vitamin B6, which helps in the production of serotonin, the brain chemical that controls mood. You can slice them or cube them and also bring them along in a baggie or small container. Try making small cucumber-watermelon bites, too. They are delicious.
3. Sweet Strawberries Snacks
When the airplane cookies come around, just say no and reach for your sweet, juicy strawberries instead. Did you know that strawberries have the highest water content of any berry? Oh yes, 92 per cent to be exact. So go ahead and enjoy the tart-sweet flavour without worrying that you’re consuming too much sugar.
4. All In One Salad Pack
If you’re the type who needs an actual meal to feel satisfied, bring along a trusty salad. Add tomatoes, juicy chicken, plenty of lettuce and goat cheese. Lettuce is 96 per cent water and tomatoes are 94 per cent water. Go easy on the salt, though, when seasoning your chicken and grill or steam it instead of frying to retain moisture. Make up for flavour and texture with some goat cheese. All the ingredients stay good at room temperature most of the day and there’s no heating required when it’s meal time.
5. Low-Cal Coconut Water
Ok, so you can’t totally avoid drinking liquids on a flight. Coconut water is low in calories and high in naturally occurring hydration replenishing electrolytes, which regular water does not contain. It’s a better option than sports drinks with their artificial flavours and high calories, and it will help make sure you don’t get dehydrated after flying. After you’re past security, grab a bottle of coconut water from any of the airport mini-marts.