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The airport can be a stressful trigger for many people, no matter the length of time that you have been alcohol-free. There is something about drinking alcohol before your journey begins that seems luxurious, whether it is while you are at the airport or aboard the airplane. Either way, there are many studies that show that, no matter your reasons for sobriety, drinking in a plane is not healthy for your body because it can lead to dehydration. The best thing to do drink while flying is lots of water! In this post, we’ll explain how to stay sober at the airport and on your flight, and provide suggestions for an enjoyable flight.
Tips and Tricks: Stay Sober at the Airport and Aboard Your Flight
Be prepared by having a plan to stay occupied
- Schedule a call with a friend, grab a new book, download a new podcast (Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard is a great one!)
- Make sure that you have something to do during your layover and flight (ex: coloring book, crossword puzzle, journal to write or draw in)
- Boredom is not your friend!
Take deep breaths and use stress relief strategies
- Breathing techniques
- Guided meditations (here’s my playlist on Youtube or use an app like Insight Timer)
- Favorite calming music
- Bring an eye mask
- Use essential oils like Lavender or Stress Away (because airports don’t smell that great, anyways)
- Go to the chapel (most airports have one) or yoga room
Purchase or bring your own snacks or drink
- Purchase non-alcoholic fizzy drinks before getting on the plane. LaCroix is a favorite of mine!
- Bring an empty water to fill up before boarding.
- Being prepared with your own beverages will make it easier to dismiss the stewardess with the cart full of temptation.
- Having snacks is a great way to keep you busy and your body staying in the realm of satisfaction. Chocolate, anyone?
- Download movies onto your laptop
- Try to get some Fitbit steps in by taking a walk through the terminal
- Offer to help someone if they look lost or in need of a hand
- Bring silly putty or a stress ball to play with to keep your hands and mind occupied
Remind Yourself of Your Destination to Help You Stay Sober at the Airport
With bars in every direction, it is easy to feel overwhelmed in an airport. Acknowledge that first, and then create your own plan of action to get you through the experience. Remind yourself that you want a clear mind and body when you reach your destination. Staying sober at the airport will help you make that a reality! This is the perfect time to exercise using your sober toolbox–control as much as you can to keep yourself sane, sober and satisfied. You can do this!
Do you have any tips for being sober at the airport? Check out My Sobriety Toolbox for more tips about how I stay sober.