Athletes take special measures to ensure their bodies stay healthy when they travel, so why shouldn’t you? A flight from Australia to Brazil is around 17 hours, so if you’re getting ready to travel to the summer games, thinking about your body’s health is important. Long plane rides and constant walking can be hard on the body, and the last thing you want to do while you’re cheering on your country is to be worried about sickness and muscle soreness.
With a little planning and packing, you can help ensure a safe and healthy trip. To get you ready for the summer games, here is a travel check list that’ll help you know what to pack for Rio De Janeiro!
Airplane Packing Tips
Sea-Band for nausea on the plane
When making the journey from Australia to Brazil, you’ll be sitting at high altitudes in an uncomfortable chair for a long, long time. During the flight, you might experience some unprecedented nausea. Before you get into a situation where you’re stuck in the airplane bathroom the entire trip, take precautions and bring a Sea-Band Nausea pack. Sea-bands are applied to the wrists to naturally relieve symptoms of nausea. They work by applying a small amount of pressure to your Nei-Kuan acupressure point, which has been clinically tested to diminish sickness symptoms. This way, instead of worrying about taking nausea medication onto a plane which can often make you feel tired and drowsy, you’ll have a natural, low-cost solution that the whole family can use.
The last thing you want to worry about is your feet aching, especially when you have to be on them so often. After a long day of packing, walking and sitting down for extended periods of time, your feet and legs will need a break. To help with this, replace your traditional socks with compression socks. These help with the support and management of pain associated with the arch and heel and can reduce the throbbing sensations in your foot. Compression socks also stimulate blood flow, which is ideal when you are sitting on a long flight.
Foam Rollers for stretching muscles
During your stay
During your time in Rio, you’ll be walking around a lot. Your muscles will most likely become wound up over time and while stretching may help, it won’t completely alleviate sore muscle symptoms. As a precaution, pack a foam roller. Every night before bed, roll all of your core muscle groups against the foam roller, as this will help tremendously with aches and pains. If you’re worried about getting the roller through airport bagging, we have mini foam rollers designed to be packed into suitcases!
Knee brace for walking or recovery
While a foam roller will go a long way toward helping your sore muscles, you’ll need something during the day to help prevent overexertion. This is especially true if you have an injury or face knee difficulties on a regular basis. Wearing a knee brace will help relieve pain that you might be facing, as well as prevent further injuries from occurring.
Once you have all of these essentials packed and ready to go, you’ll be ready for your trip to the summer games. Make sure to drink plenty of bottled water, eat healthy foods and wear sunscreen. And last but not least, remember to have fun!
Comment below if you’re headed to the summer games, and if you’re packing any other travel essentials we didn’t list.