When Health Changes The Travel Game

When people think of health in the context of travel, they tend to focus on mental health and the benefits of travelling. Indeed, in the Victorian times and until the glorious 1930s, most wealthy families tend to consider travel as a cure to common health complaints. If you were feeling tired, you just needed to spend a few weeks by the sea to feel re-invigorated again. You’ve been struggling with the flu? Plan a trip to the mountains and make the most of the fresh air available. Travel was perceived as a cure for a lot of health issues, including some more serious ones such as cancer – which, before it was properly diagnosed, was thought to be cured in the marine breeze. But, the health discoveries of the previous century have forever created a divide between travelling and healing. However, if travel doesn’t change anymore our approach to health, new health requirements are transforming our approach to travel every day.

Security check in Munich airport

Travel comfortably and within the baggage regulations

When you are sitting in a plane for hours, you need to make sure that you can travel comfortably. Unfortunately, for a lot of airline companies, comfort isn’t a priority, and you might find yourself cramped into a seat with barely any room for your legs. You can’t easily demand to be upgraded to a more comfortable seat, but you can certainly consider bringing some comfort items on board, such as a blanket and a pillow for long flights. There isn’t currently any restriction on pillows. However, you need to be careful as more and more small airline companies are trying to limit passenger to one hand luggage in the cabin. As regulations evolve rapidly, you might be forced to leave your pillow behind, unless health organisations include comfort as a primary factor.

No, you can’t take your pet, but you can keep your ESA

Unless exceptional circumstances – such as a crisis situation – you can’t take your pet with you in the cabin. Pets need to be put in the hold, and they need to be transported by freight if they are over a certain weight. However, if you have an ESA certification for your pet, aka if it’s an emotional support animal, airlines have to let you travel with your pet in cabin. However, there are certain restrictions that rely on common sense. For instance, if your ESA pet is a horse, it’s likely that the airline will refuse to take you on board as the animal will not fit the cabin space.

The 100ml rule – what does it apply to?

If you’re a frequent flyer, you know about the 100ml regulation for liquid in cabin luggage. However, there are health-related circumstances in which the rule can be broken. Indeed, baby milk can be taken on board with more than 100ml as it’s indispensable to the health and survival of your baby. Similarly, you can transport medicines of more than 100ml with a prescription from your doctor. However, you will need in both cases to present all elements to the security check station.

You can take more than 100ml baby milk

The health challenges that people face are changing the way the travel industry functions. Hopefully, in the long term, requirements such as personal space and mindful seating will also be part of new people-centred travel regulations.



  1. Wow this article has some very valuable information. It’s incredible how health challenges are changing when traveling. It would be great if personal space and mindful seating would be taken into consideration.

  2. I really hope they don’t put a restriction on pillows on flights! That would be sad, and quite ridiculous too! I’m not a parent, but that’s good to know about the 100ml in baby milk you can take on board.

  3. I just had a big laugh at the thought of a passenger trying to explain that their emotional support animal was a horse! But your point is well made. It does seem that rules and regulations continue to grow and get more and more complex. So many things to consider depending on your own individual circumstances. Great post.

  4. That’s some very useful information. I have however known of some mothers who weren’t allowed to carry more than 100ml of pumped breast milk and were asked to give formula if the baby won’t feed directly. Guess that’s also dependent on each airline.

  5. I actually did see an article the other day where someone tried to bring on an ostrich as an emotional support animal. I died laughing! But we are seeing a change in that area right now due to several dogs biting people, so it will interesting to see how it all pans out. I’m sure it’s going to require formally trained animals just like they do with service dogs. Nice tips.

  6. I would be sad to see the day that pillows are no longer allowed on flights! Love the point of your article–our physical health & needs are definitely important to remember when planning travel. For people with chronic conditions especially, not knowing how to handle medications and limitations abroad can cause too many folks to stay home.

  7. This was such an interesting read. Having being diagnosed with a chronic disease, which is affected by air travel, I always need to take extra measures when traveling, in order to keep my condition at bay. I hope that, moving forward, airlines will find additional methods to make their passengers more comfortable. It is great to see that other travelers have the same “issues” that I have 🙂 🙂

  8. I actually didn’t know about emotional support animals until very recently – but I can understand they would be very helpful if you suffered from some kind of anxiety disorder when travelling. Good to know you can take more than 100ml of baby milk – that’s definitely crucial to health (and potentially the health of other passengers too if there’s lots of crying ha ha!)

  9. Well, I agree a lot of health compromises are being done in our surroundings. We have to pick our priorities. While some travel companies are supporting us, some are making it tougher. I hate those cramped seats. Travel choices are definitely changing depending on our health.

  10. Health can change any game in the world. And, during travel, it becomes even more crucial. Especially, if you are traveling with a baby. Fantastic information!

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