Looking for some holiday health tips to keep you from getting sick this season? The holiday season is a high-traffic time, no matter what means of transportation you choose. Any time that you jam a ton of people into a confined space, you’re increasing the odds of getting sick. Not only does the holiday season bring swarms of people into public places, but it’s also the beginning of the cold season. Not only do you run a heightened risk of getting sick when traveling for the holidays, but there are a lot of other travel-associated headaches that aren’t exactly literal—packed airplanes, crying babies, congested roadways, flight delays, etc.
Don’t resign to hibernating the holiday season away for fear of getting sick while traveling! There are plenty of ways to keep yourself healthy while you get where you need to go for the holidays. Here are some holiday health tips to stay healthy when you fly this season:
The first thing you should do when you sit down on a plane is turn on the air above your seat. Don’t turn it on so much that you’re uncomfortably cold, but just enough so you can feel the air in the space in front of you.
After turning the air on, use hand sanitizer to clean your hands. Make sure it’s at least 60 percent alcohol! Try not to touch your eyes, mouth, and nose after you’ve cleaned your hands.
Your mucous membranes, especially in your mouth and nose, are barriers for cold and virus germs, but in order for them to work, they need to be hydrated. Drink a lot of water while you’re on the plane so that you stay hydrated.
So what exactly is “a lot of water” when it comes to airplane trips? It’s suggested that you drink 5-6 ounces of water for every three hours of flight time. Flying from New York to London? You’re looking at a seven hour flight, so plan to drink about 14 ounces of water (at least). A tip to save you some money if you don’t want to pay $5 for a bottle of water after you pass security: bring a bottle with a built-in filter and just fill it up at the water fountain near your flight gate!
Before you travel you may want to try taking elderberry extract or North American Ginseng, which are both known to have immune-boosting properties.
Get a good night’s rest before and after your flight. Sleep deprivation does a number on your immune system, and you want it to be in peak performance when you’re out and about among a sea of potentially sick strangers.
We hope those holiday health tips keep you well this holiday season!