Packing light is often the key to happy travels but if there’s one unexpected thing you should make space for in your carry-on it’s a tennis ball. You know, just in case you run into Serena Williams at arrivals and you NEED her to sign a tennis ball… but also because a humble tennis ball is the best way to treat aching muscles after 18 long hours spend suffering in an economy seat.

Sitting for long periods of time can cause a ton of health problems — it’s no wonder long-haul flights leave your body in a bit of a state. Travelling with a tennis ball is the perfect way to help out with mid-flight stretching, especially if you experience muscle pain. Its small, lightweight, and can be used to treat almost any area of your achy, breaky body.

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Standing up or going for a short stroll are both great ways to help ease jet lag and keep your blood flowing. But what about when you’re sitting down in your seat? Simply rolling a tennis ball or back massager over your shoulders, lower back, legs and bottoms of your feet will help increase circulation. Make sure you apply a bit of pressure while rolling to help get into those muscles and release tension. We’re not talking a sissy roll, we’re talking a real massage, ladies.

Forgot the tennis ball? Simply massage your legs starting at the ankles, and move up to get the blood pumping towards your heart.

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