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  • Saturday, January 19, 2019

They say getting there is half the fun, but not if your journey causes you health problems. If you’re flying back home from studying abroad or planning a vacation trip, take some advice on how to keep healthy and avoid deep vein thrombosis on a long flight or bus journey.

Wear loose-fitting clothing when you are on a long journey. Don’t put on shoes or socks that cut into your legs and consider wearing compression stockings or socks.

Don’t ignore the advice to get up and walk around the plane. When seated, get the blood flowing with regular stretching and flexing exercises. Bend and straighten your legs. Press the balls of your feet hard against the floor and clench and unclench your toes.

Drink lots of water to prevent dehydration, and avoid too much alcohol on flights. Avoid sleeping pills as they can make you even less mobile. You may need to take anticoagulant medication if you are at higher risk of developing deep vein thrombosis – check with your doctor before you travel and make sure you have the best travel insurance for your needs.

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