Avoiding an Illness While You Travel
THE TRAVEL EXPERT’S GUIDE TO AVOIDING AN ILLNESS WHILE YOU TRAVEL BY AIR
Flying is the most popular form of long distance travel. It is fast and convenient, but if you are not careful you could pick up an unwanted bug before you even get off the plane. We are not looking to make you all in to germaphobes, we just want to make you aware of what you can do before your flight, in the airport, and on the plane so you can enjoy your destination when you get there. This is the travel Experts Guide to Avoiding Illness while you travel by air.
Must Haves for your Flight and Trip
Bring a travel-size bottle of hand sanitizer to have at the ready for any hand washing or sanitizing needs.
It’s never too early to start preparing yourself for your trip. Here are a few suggestions to get you on your way.
- Bring Small packets of powdered drink mix, avoid sodas to prevent dehydration.
- Carry some vitamin supplements to strengthen your immune system while traveling
- Have your own filtered water bottle to make sure you are not ingesting any pollutants in local water supplies
- Have your own Travel/Neck pillow and blanket to prevent picking up any germs from the airline provided rental options
- Bring a long a few vitamin enriched protein bars and packets of trail mix (make sure they are sealed in the original wrappers.) They tend to be more filling and a bit healthier than airline provided in-flight snacks.
- For longer flights, we recommend that you pack a pair of slippers, flip-flops, or compression socks in your carry-on to aid circulation and comfort.
- For longer overnight flights, think about packing an eye mask to block out the cabin lights while you rest.
How to dress gong to the airport
- A few days before flying, try to eat healthy fresh whole foods, plenty of veggies and vitamin c.
- If possible apply for a TSA Pre-Check so you can avoid waiting in lines.
- Make sure you are fully rested. A tired body has to work harder to fight off illness.
- Be aware of any health issues that there may in your destination location. Make sure you are up to date on any and all vaccinations that may be needed.
Wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothes and shoes you can slip off easily to help you move through TSA screening quicker
Tips for inflight comfort
Suggestions to stay healthy and comfortable during your flight to avoid a post-travel aches and sickness
- If possible dress in layers. If you are changing climates, your arrival will be easier and you will be appropriately dressed.
- Try to avoid carrying loose objects in your pockets, this could cause more time at TSA screening and also expose your items to germs they may be in the tubs that hold your personal items
Tips for avoiding Jet Lag
Jet Lag can be a real concern, especially if you’re traveling several time zones away. You can take several steps to diminish the effects.
- If possible, choose a seat at the front or rear of your section for more leg room.
- On longer flights, take a walk up and down the aisles or light stretches every 30-45 minutes will increase blood flow and decrease muscle cramps.
- Use hand sanitizer or cleansing wipes to clean your armrest, seat belt buckle, and other frequently touched hand surface.
- Drink from your own filtered bottle as mentioned above, dehydration can be a huge problem in-flight. Try to drink 8oz. of water for every hour of flight.
- Wash hands frequently and use a paper towel to turn off faucets and open doors. Apply lotion to your hands, face, and feet on longer flights to combat dry skin.
- Use the air vent to control air flow in your space, point the vent so the fresh air clears the front of your breathing area and not directly at your face.
- A few days prior to leaving, slowly adjust your eating a sleeping schedule to make your transition easier when you arrive.
- Try to book an overnight flight (overnight for your destination) and sleep while flying so you can get off of the plane refreshed and ready to go.
- If you arrive to your destination during night time hours, go right to the hotel and go to bed (make sure you set an alarm if needed). This way you can wake up rested and ready to go!
- After your flight try spending some time out in the sun, this will help your body adjust to its new surroundings.
Flying is the fastest way to travel. By taking these steps, you can ensure your journeys are more comfortable, safe, and pleasurable, especially if you flight frequently or for great distances.