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 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.
Staying hydrated can help your body, especially when flying since the humidity on planes is so low.
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.
No one likes to get sick. But getting sick during a trip is especially a fail. I hope these tips can help you stay healthy while you fly those friendly skies.