FLIGHT attendants have revealed the secret to staying fresh and avoiding feeling dried-up after a flight – and it's all about your routine before the journey.
The dry cabin air can leave people feeling tired and dehydrated, even if they have been regularly drinking water during the flight.
But according to cabin crew, by that stage it is already too late to take action and instead, they recommend pre-emptive hydration, starting the day before passengers travel.
In a post on Reddit, a frustrated traveller reached out to flight attendants, asking how they all managed to look great all the time, even after long journeys.
They wrote: " I always marvel at how good the flight attendants look after a flight, whereas my whole face is chapped, my hair like straw, my eyes pink – why don’t you look like a dried up old bag?"
They were told that drinking extra water the day before their journey was the best step to take.
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One attendant responded: "If it’s a truly long flight, you need to start drinking water the day before the flight. If you’re drinking water the day of, it’s too late.
"A big fella like me will lose an entire extra litre of water on a three hour flight. That's in addition to normal sweating, breathing, peeing, whatever.
Another person agreed with the technique, adding: "You best be drinking plenty of water the day before. I drink about 2-3 gallons of water a day."
That's not the only trick, as experts have revealed you should avoid the bread rolls unless you want to feel ill after landing.
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Dr. Charles Platkin, executive director of the Hunter College NYC Food Policy Center, reviewed a number of airline meals, and warned that heavy carbohydrate foods won't fill you up, and will also leave you feeling tired when arriving.
Sadly, that also means food like pasta and cakes are also off the list unless you want to feel ill on holiday.
He told Travel & Leisure: "Eating lots of heavy carbs such as pasta with thick, dense sauces, breads, muffins or cakes will leave you feeling lethargic, cranky, and not full or satisfied
"Your blood sugar levels will spike and then fall, which will negatively impact how you feel."
Similarly, salty, oily or spicy foods might be delicious, but they could leave you feeling a little nauseous during your flight.
Greasy foods can put a strain on your digestive system, giving you a stomach ache and can also make you feel sick because they exacerbate feelings of nausea.
Serena Poon, a nutritionist told Insider: "These types of food can slow your digestion and make the symptoms of motion sickness worse."
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Meanwhile, this flight attendant revealed which drinks will make you feel even worse when flying.
And another cabin crew member explained why they hate it when passengers order a certain drink.
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