Yesterday, I featured my 10 tips for sleeping on a plane. I know these days, not everyone has time to read a long article, so I’m singling out tip number 10 as a standalone since it’s so important. RELATED: FBI Warns Travelers Not to Do This – Here’s What to Do Instead
When I fly (and even when I’m home), I try to avoid taking any kind of medication. Period. In fact, I’ve never even taken a sleeping pill or melatonin, which I know many people rely on to help them get through long flights. RELATED: 5 Tips For Traveling With Medications
But even if I were desperate and going to take a sleeping pill or any other medication, you can bet I wouldn’t take them for the first time while on a plane, just in case I had some kind of adverse reaction. I would want to be on the ground with access to medical attention and not hurtling through the air at 550 miles per hour.
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Which is why on Thursday, I took a decongestant for the first time in a long time since I had an earache. I just wanted to test it out as I was flying the next day. BTW: I flew in Air Canada’s Premium Economy from Los Angeles to Toronto and I’m happy to report I had no reaction and no ear pain. If you’re interested in a play-by-play of my flight, here’s my trip report; it all started out great until things went a bit sideways at the end.
Always consult your doctor before taking any medication and test out any new prescriptions or over-the-counter medications for the first time before flying to make sure you’re safe and don’t have any adverse reactions.
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I always wait for the weekend if i’m to start a new medication. If there are any side effects or adverse reactions, it’s better to be at home rather then being at work or driving to & from work which could be dangerous.