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Drinks You Should Never Have On A Plane

Flying to your next beach vacation? Ready for a getaway? If you want to be ready to enjoy that vacation, below are several drinks you should never have on a plane.

When you’re flying for any reason, it’s important to stay hydrated. However, what you drink is just as important as how much you drink.

Some beverages can cause dehydration, while others can make you feel bloated and uncomfortable. And then there are those that could your health at risk.

Drinks To Avoid On A Plane

When you’re 30,000 feet in the air, it’s important to be mindful of what you put into your body. The air pressure and lack of moisture can wreak havoc on your system, so it’s important to stay hydrated.

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Keep in mind, the drink you choose is just as important as how much you drink. Here are the drinks you should always avoid while flying.


Coffee might seem like the perfect pick-me-up for a long flight, but it can actually have the opposite effect.

The caffeine will dehydrate you, and the flying altitude can intensify the effects of the coffee. This may lead to jitters, anxiety and upset stomach.

Stick to water or herbal tea to stay calm, cool and collected during your flight.


Alcohol You might be tempted to take advantage of the in-flight alcohol service to relax you. But the fact is alcohol will actually dehydrate you more quickly at high altitudes.

It can also intensify jet lag and disrupt your sleep pattern, both of which can make for a grumpy traveler. You don’t want to be grumpy when you arrive at your vacation destination do you?

Best thing to do is stick to one alcoholic beverage and follow it with a glass of water.


Soda like coffee, is full of caffeine and will dehydrate you. It’s also carbonated, which can lead to bloating and an upset stomach.

If you need a break from water, go for fruit juice or milk instead but in limited amounts. See why below.


While fruit juice may seem like a healthy choice, it’s loaded with sugar. Yes the sugar can give you a quick energy boost, but you’ll also crash just as quickly.

Plus the lack of fiber will make you feel sluggish. Water is still your best bet for staying hydrated on a flight.


A glass of milk might be comforting, but it might also be hard on your stomach. The lactose in milk could cause bloating, gas or diarrhea.

As one who experienced Montezuma’s revenge on vacation, stay away. Your best option for a soothing beverage, is to stick to herbal tea.

Spicy drinks

Spicy drinks like bloody Mary mix or V-8 or spicy food on a plane are never a good idea. The spicy ingredients can irritate your digestive system, leading to heartburn, indigestion and even diarrhea.

Stick to water and foods like crackers or toast, and save the spice for when you land.

Drinks you Can Safely have on a plane

So now that you know what to avoid, what can you safely drink when flying? There are some great options for drinks that can actually help keep you hydrated.

Here are a few.

Water. That’s right. Plain old water but I make sure the water is bottled and not from the tap.

I personally also prefer spring water over distilled so usually grab a bottle at the airport convenient store.

Coconut water is a great source of electrolytes, and it’s also low in calories. You can find it in most airport convenient shops, so it’s easy to stay hydrated while you’re waiting for your flight.

Green tea is a good choice if you’re looking for something that will help you stay awake. It’s also packed with antioxidants, which can help reduce the risk of jet lag.

The flight attendant should be able to give you a tea bag, or you can pack in your carry-on.

If you’re looking for something a little sweeter, try açai juice. It’s full of vitamins and minerals, and it can help boost your energy levels.

Chamomile tea is a good choice if you’re struggling to sleep on the plane. Its relaxant properties can help you drift off to sleep. You might want to keep several chamomile tea bags in your purse or carry-on since airlines may not have on board.

Ginger tea can help settle your stomach if you’re feeling a little queasy. It’s also a good source of antioxidants. Same thing as chamomile. Put in your purse or carry-on bag.

It is that easy. Simply make a few smart choices while traveling will ensure you arrive at your vacation ready to go!

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