It’s Flu season but guess what? You completely forgot while making reservations. It’s fall/spring and allergies are in full swing. Yet here you are, getting ready to board a plane and have your sinuses make you deaf for a few hours or more. Avoid this nightmare! Here are some ways that you can prevent the sniffles, aches, and coughs while traveling!
- Carry Emergen-c, Airborne, or any other vitamin c/immune system boosting suppliments
Vitamin C is known for it’s help with the immune system, boosting your defense against anything that might be lurking in the airport, taxis, etc. If you are already sick, this can help your immune system fight back against whatever is ailing you.
- Wash your hands!
This may seem like a no-brainer but it really is important. Everything you touch has germs on it and you may not think about it but so does your phone, other electronics, money, cards, suitcase handles, and so much more. If it’s winter or you just have dry skin, consider bringing along a travel size lotion for after washing to keep moisture in. Bath and Body Works usually has good deals on their travel size lotions or if you get their coupons in the mail, you can sometimes snag one for free!
- Carry Hand Sanitizer
While not the absolute best option compared to actually washing your hands, it works in a pinch! This is great for if you hand over cash really quick or just grabbed a small snack. The best part about hand sanitizer is how many scents you can get it in and the accessories you can get for them as well. Bath and Body Works is also fabulous for these, offering cute cases for their hand sanitizers that you can attach to your purse, suitcase, carry-on, you name it!
- Make Sure to Get Your Flu Shot
If you’re prone to getting the Flu, this is the best option for you. The last thing you want is to have the Flu on an airplane or waste your vacation in the bathroom. The Flu usually peaks in January and February so it’s best to schedule your shot in fall to make sure you won’t forget or get it early!
- Get A Lot of Sleep
Try your best to get at least 8 hours of sleep before your flight so that you’re well rested and you don’t feel disgusting while going through security. If you plan to sleep on the plane, try and at least have everything you need laid out and ready the night before. If you’re too excited to sleep or just can’t, try some Zzzquil, which is Nyquil’s sleeping aid medication available at most grocery and drug stores. Just remember, sleep is the best thing for being sick! If you are already sick, try to take some regular Nyquil before taking off so that you can wake up at your destination feeling well rested and (hopefully) better!
- Stay Hydrated and Eat Something
Keep a water bottle close by to keep up your fluids, being dehydrated can make your illness worse or cause you to just feel like garbage. A great way to keep a bottle close even through security is to invest in a Brita filtered water bottle. This way, you can drink all you can before security and then fill up from a water fountain past it. The best part is that you don’t have to worry about dirty water since the bottle filters it for you! If you’re already sick, try some hot Black tea (antioxidants) at the airport to soothe your throat and sinuses. Making sure that you eat breakfast and don’t feel super hungry throughout the day.
- Clean your electronics
You’ve heard all the doctors and scientists say that your phone is dirtier than a toilet seat. Prove them wrong and clean your electronics before leaving! It’ll feel so good to travel with newly cleaned items anyways. Take the cases off and wipe the surfaces down completely with screen cleaner to get rid of any bacteria that might be lingering.
- Avoid Touching Public Surfaces
While this might also be a ‘duh’, it’s worth mentioning. Use tissues or paper towels to touch door handles and buttons when you can’t use your elbow or pull your sleeve over your hand. If you have the option, use your back to push open doors as well. Anything you can do to avoid touching something everyone else has touched.
- Keep Your Hands Away From Your Face
Don’t touch your face if you can help it, this will keep the spread of germs and bacteria to a minimum. Don’t bite your nails or put your hands/fingers anywhere near your mouth. This is probably the quickest way to get sick.
- Stay Calm
Stress can make you lose it both mentally and physically. Try and reduce your stress by having everything organized, laid out, and ready for your flight or check out. Make security a breeze with slip-on shoes and an easily removable jacket or cardigan. Check-in online before-hand and leave yourself plenty of time to get there, get through security, and find your gate. Using your best judgement and preparation, you can remain stress free!
Do you have any tips or tricks you practice to keep healthy while traveling? Tell us about them in the comments!