Travel tips

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Find out how to minimize the effects of jet lag and increase your comfort while on board... And if you need relief, try our anti-stress workshop!

Comfort tips

Minimizing the effects of jet lag

The symptoms tied to the disruption of your biological clock can lead to fatigue, insomnia, and digestive trouble when crossing 4 or more time zones.
Sleep schedule, avoid big meals, our tips to avoid jetlag.

Increase your comfort on board

In order to travel as comfortably as possible:
  • wear sufficient and comfortable clothes,
  • avoid belts and restrictive footwear, as your feet can swell during the flight,
  • if you like, wear compression stockings,
  • try not to remain still for too long; walk in the aisles every 2 hours and try to do mini-exercises that will stimulate your blood circulation,
  • drink water regularly, avoid alcohol which will dehydrate your body and whose effects are stronger during flight,
  • moisturize your skin and lips with a moisturizing cream,
  • remove your contact lenses and opt for your eyeglasses; if needed, use eye drops to moisturize your eyes,
  • make sure your children rehydrate by regularly giving them water.
Extra tip
Both the day before departure and just before boarding the aircraft, gently massage your legs from the ankles to the knees. Upon arrival, a warm shower will help your legs quickly regain their strength.

Protect your body from the sun

Upon arriving at certain destinations, heat and the sun can have harmful effects. To stay safe:
  • opt for high-SPF sunscreens,
  • wear a long-sleeve shirt, a hat, and sunglasses,
  • avoid staying outdoors when the sun is hottest,
  • remember to rehydrate often by drinking water or sugarless hot beverages,
  • remember to protect your children from heat and the sun.

Health tips

Air France does everything we can to ensure that your trip proceeds in the best conditions. However, in certain cases, you should use caution before taking a flight, especially if:
  • you are undergoing medical treatment,
  • you suffer from a chronic disease,
  • you were recently hospitalized,
  • you are pregnant,
  • you have a heart condition.

In these cases, we recommend that you first consult your doctor to make sure that you will be able to travel as planned

Medicine on board

Will you need to take medicine during your flight? Remember to keep all medicine in your hand baggage along with all prescriptions bearing the exact name of any medicine.

Hypodermic needles are authorized in the cabin with a prescription. You are entirely responsible for their use. Do not leave used syringes on board. Please remember to place them in a secure container after use.

Check your vaccinations

Prior to departure, make sure your vaccinations are up to date and find out which vaccinations are necessary for your destination.

Precautions related to aircraft pressurization (ears, nose, throat)

During the flight, pressurization within the cabin imitates the atmosphere at 2,400 m (which is risk-free for passengers in good health).

However, we advise you to treat any ear, nose or throat infections prior to departure. In order to avoid any chance of decompression sickness, we also advise against travel by aircraft less than 24 hours after scuba diving.

Check into medical coverage abroad

According to the country, medical charges can be extremely high. Consider taking out a medical insurance and repatriation policy suitable for your destination.

Benefit from our medical expertise

All Air France cabin crew are qualified in first aid and regularly trained to help passengers with any possible health problems.

In addition:
  • each aircraft is equipped with a first-aid kit and a semi-automatic defibrillator,
  • in case of a serious problem, the cabin crew seeks the assistance of a doctor on board, or contacts the medical team on the ground for instructions and, if necessary, to organize treatment of the patient upon landing.
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