An expert at Travel Lens revealed that some drinks from the trolley are better than others and while it is common to experience some discomfort during the flightthere are some drinks passengers should consume to combat this, including carbonated water.
They explained: “For most travelers, there’s no better feeling than boarding a flight and enjoying takeoff, while they all decide what refreshments to order from the trolley, but there is a selection of drinks that number of benefits when you are 35,000 feet in the air.
Sparkling water has enough carbonation to help calm the stomach, making it one of the best options to have on the plane.
Unlike other carbonated drinks like ginger ale, there’s no added sugar, making it an increasingly healthy option.
The expert from Travel Lens explained that sparkling water is the best alternative for people who hate flying or suffer from stomach upset in the air.
They said: “If you’re an anxious flier and your stomach feels like a knot with nerves, sparkling water is a great option to go for if the airline has it available.
“The carbonation associated with sparkling water helps calm the stomach, hopefully leaving you feeling more relaxed.”
In addition, the cabin air on the plane is dry and low in moisture, making passengers feel more dehydrated, so it is important to choose still or sparkling water when flying to counteract the negative effects of dehydration.
Sparkling water has the same health benefits as still water and is a much more popular option on flights.
dr. Robert Quigley explained that “dehydration makes travelers more vulnerable to motion sickness, jet lag and headaches, which water can help treat before symptoms develop”.
The doctor advised travelers to drink about 250 milliliters, or more than one cup, of water per hour while flying.
Flight attendant Dawn McGuckin-Fisher explained that still or sparkling water is also a better option “in case you spill your drink, because it’s non-sticky and doesn’t stain”.
If passengers aren’t a fan of sparkling water, the flight attendant recommended “try a splash of cranberry or orange juice in seltzer for extra flavor, or just add a slice of lemon or lime.”
The Travel Lens expert recommended black tea for an early flight: “If you’re taking off on an early flight and you’re still half asleep, black tea gives you a small but effective caffeine boost.
“This is compared to coffee, which is much stronger and can increase the symptoms of nervous fliers,” they explained.
Finally, many vacationers like to enjoy an alcoholic drink on their flight to “get right in the holiday mood”.
However, due to the altitude at which the plane is flying and other various factors, the body can dry out quickly, so it is always better to avoid it.
“With this in mind, if you opt for alcohol, it’s wise to wash it down with a soft drink such as water or juice,” the expert advised.
Nutrition coach at OriGym Center of Excellence, Alice Williams, explained that taste buds especially change during the flight, but there’s one drink that tastes even better in the air.
“During a flight, two important things happen to the air: the pressure increases and the humidity decreases. This combination of low pressure and dryness ultimately changes your taste buds.”
The expert suggested choosing drinks full of umami flavors, “because umami is not affected by flies”. Tomatoes are a particularly good source of umami flavor, “which is why many airlines offer tomato juice as an option for a free drink on their flights,” Alice revealed.