Dreading flying with a cold? Use ear plugs and medication to ease the pressure

Posted by Fodor's Editors on January 19, 2011 at 2:00:00 AM EST | Post a Comment

The cabin air dries out already aching sinuses and sore throats, and the pressure changes during takeoff and landing can cause severe ear pain. Consider investing in EarPlanes, earplugs designed to keep the pressure in your ears consistent. They really do work, and their semihollow design also helps to block out engine noise while still allowing you to hear what the flight attendant is saying. And over-the-counter nasal sprays work wonders on congested sinuses. Give each nostril a spritz well before takeoff, so that the stuff has time to work before you ascend.

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