How to Prevent Ear and Head Congestion on a Plane
Like many people, I recently had a cold that turned into an upper respiratory infection. Then I had nasty mucous coming out of my nose, and at times, it was difficult to breathe. Fortunately, when I travel, I carry a mini pharmacy (see this past tip). But on my flight to and from Grand Cayman last week, I’m so glad I had nose drops and a decongestant because I think my head would have exploded without them. I took them both about an hour before the flight and I still had terrible ear aches on descent. I can’t even imagine what it would have been like if I hadn’t had these things.
Just in case, and especially if you’re sick, be sure to pack a decongestant and nose drops in your carry-on and have them handy. Natalie chews gum and I drink water to help relieve pressure on a plane, and we both try to yawn as much as possible.
Do you have a hard time with your ears on takeoff and descent? What techniques do you use?
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