How To Not Get Sick While Traveling

Posted by on Jan 31, 2014 in Flight Travel, Health and Beauty

How To Not Get Sick While Traveling

Traveling has become a way of life for most of us. And while indulging in it for business or pleasure can be necessary, the germs and ickiness that comes with it can be annoying and can make you ill. Recently during a flight from Las Vegas to St. Louis, I experienced an asthma attack. Now of course asthma is something that you can’t catch, but it is something that can get progressively worse while flying, especially with the cabin pressure on the plane. Luckily, I made it through the flight okay and was able to come home and recuperate. It got me to thinking about things that I can do in the future to not get sick while traveling. Here’s what I came up with: Wash, wash, wash your hands All of the research I’ve studied suggests that washing your hands well and often with moderately warm to hot water with an anti-bacterial soap will cut down on most of the germs you come in contact with. When washing your hands, dry them thoroughly. Also, keep hand sanitizer on deck at all times as well. Wipe it down When you check into your hotel, clean the phone, TV remotes, lamp switches, and other high-germ areas with cleaning wipes. You can also do this on the plane (trays, seat belt, etc.) Stay up-to-date on your shots Make sure you are vaccinated and up-to-date on your vaccinations. And yes, this includes flu shots for those over six months of age. Vitamins, please Vitamins and supplements such as¬†Echinacea can help boost your immune system. Start taking it about 4-5 days before you are departing. Vitamin C also can do the trick as well to help keep you healthy. Water Staying hydrated can help your body, especially when flying since the humidity on planes is so low. Stay home If you are sick, or even feeling like you may be coming down with something, do yourself a favor (and others as well) and do not travel. It is only sure to get worse on your trip and you could also be spreading it to others. You can also be proactive, and have on handy a healthy travel kit that you can take with you to help keep those germs at bay. The Skyready Kit is fabulous kit for travel that contains hand sanitizer, vitamin C, mask, surface wipe, earplus, and eyemask. It was created by frequent traveler Rachelle Michelon, a mother of two, and an emergency nurse for the past 15 years. After seeing many emergency room patients with illnesses, she wanted to create something that could help prevent them before they started. I personally have tried Skyready and I love it, and it is awesome to travel with (I recently reviewed it in my 2013 Holiday Gift Guide). Click for more info on the Skyready Kit. No one likes to get sick....

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How To Handle Your Fear of Flying

Posted by on Jan 27, 2014 in Flight Travel

How To Handle Your Fear of Flying

I have a confession, I absolutely hate flying! I know what you’re thinking, but Raijean you are always on a plane. This is true, however I really have a huge fear of flying. It doesn’t matter how many times I get on the plane, I’m always hit with a huge wave of anxiety. As soon as the engine gears up, I go into panic mode! No matter how much I psych myself up to fly it never works. Especially, when we hit turbulence and I know that I’m not the only one! I think for me my fear of flying stems from not being able to be in control. I literally feel like my life is in someone else’s ¬†hands and that’s when the crippling fear begins to take over. Since I know first hand that a fear of flying isn’t easy to get over here are a few tips for handling your anxiety when it comes to flying. Breathe: I know that this may sound silly but breathing allows me to focus and when I’m focused I’m calmer. Get Some Sleep: I never get a lot of sleep before I catch a flight, I find it easier to sleep on the plane because I’m exhausted. Pray: This is something that has always calmed my spirit, when a flight isn’t going as smooth as I would like, I turn to prayer. Listen to Music: Nothing brings me more peace than listening to my favorite tunes. Make Conversation: I find that talking to my neighbor takes my mind off the flight, allowing me to get my mind off my troubles. These are just a few things that I do that allows me calm my nerves and continue to fly. If all else fails remember statistically it’s safer flying in a plane than it is driving and there is no sense in worrying about something you can’t control. When it’s my time, it’s my time and worrying isn’t going to stop me from flying. These are some of my tips to get over my fear of flying, what do you do to get over your fear of...

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5 Tips for Flight Travel During Inclement Weather

Posted by on Jan 5, 2014 in Flight Travel

5 Tips for Flight Travel During Inclement Weather

Mother Nature doesn’t always comply with our travel schedules, and when weather gets hectic, it can truly put a damper on our travel plans. While there is nothing that we can do when there is severe weather on the horizon, we can make sure you are prepared travel wise. Flight travel can be the easiest to navigate in terms of tracking flights, cancellations, updates and such. But it can also be a nerve wracking experience, too. I’ve come up with a few tips that can help you prepare for flight travel during inclement weather that can surely make your trip less stressful. 1. App, please: Most airlines have a mobile application that can be used on your smartphone or tablet. With most of the apps, you can plug in your flight information and get details on your flight and whether it has been delayed, canceled, etc. The app can also send you updates on your flight should any changes occur. These apps are free and are wonderful to use while you are traveling. 2. Airport Website and Social Media Channels: Most major airports have websites and are online socially via Facebook and Twitter. I know that here in St. Louis, I often tweet my airport under their @FlySTL moniker to get up-to-date status on flight delays and airport functioning. Following the major airports you are flying from and into during inclement weather is a great way to get accurate news and information. The airport website also lists flight statuses, weather warnings, and other detailed information. Utilizing these sites can take the edge off while traveling through unpredictable weather. 3. A Phone Will Do There is nothing worse than not being able to get the information you need about your flight. Always keep the number of the airline you are flying with on your phone so that, when you need to, you can contact them. Airline desk clerks sometimes aren’t the easiest to work with, and over the phone assistance may be required. 4. Patience Is a Virtue Most gate agents do their best to work with you to accommodate you and your needs. Having a negative or poor attitude can make it harder on you to make some headway, so even when you are upset, try your best not to take it out on the airline employees. Letting them know you appreciate their hard work goes a long way, and you will get better results that way. Be as patient as you can—it isn’t their fault. 5. Knowing Schedules It is good to know other flight times and schedules of other flights leaving to your destination. When you are able to quote other flights as an option, you are able to make more headway. If you know there is going to be bad weather approaching, go through the flight schedule and check out other flights leaving later or even...

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