Conquer Mid-Air Bloating: Genius Cabin Crew Tips for a More Comfortable Flight

Have you planned a long plane flight and are worried about bloating? Do not worry anymore ! The cabin crew has more than one trick up their sleeve to help you feel more comfortable in flight. Discover these genius tips to reduce bloating and make the most of your trip!

Ah, the joys of flying at 30,000 feet! Between motion sickness, fluctuating cabin temperatures and the infamous craving for soft drinks, flying can be an… interesting experience. But today, we are tackling the problem of bloating, that sworn enemy of every globetrotter. Jeanne Durant, our editor-in-chief at AirMag, shares cabin crew members’ foolproof tips for traveling light and comfortable.

Hydrate, hydrate and hydrate!

The key to avoiding in-flight bloat is as simple as it is crucial: hydration. Cabin air is extremely dry, which can slow down your digestion and lead to bloating. A pro tip? Drink at least a liter of water on a flight lasting more than two hours. And when the drinks cart comes by, choose water over soda. If you can’t resist a soft drink, opt for a simple sparkling water rather than a sugary soda.

Choose your foods wisely

Diet plays a major role in managing bloating. Avoid foods high in salt, fast foods and carbonated drinks before and during the flight. Instead, choose foods rich in fiber and water such as fresh fruits (apple, celery, jicama) to promote good digestion.

Wear comfortable clothes

Your in-flight wardrobe can also influence your digestive comfort. Opt for loose clothing rather than tight outfits. By ditching belts and tight-fitting clothing, you’ll allow your body to better handle pressure changes and prevent bloating.

Limit your alcohol consumption

Cocktail lovers can feel the effects of alcohol more intensely in flight. Alcohol is dehydrating and can increase feelings of bloating. If you still decide to enjoy a glass of your favorite beverage, drink a glass of water for every glass of alcohol to limit the damage.

Movement and circulation

Sitting for hours can make bloating worse. As soon as the seat belt sign goes out, get up and walk down the aisle for a while. Try to do this once or twice an hour if possible. This will help boost circulation and reduce the feeling of bloating.