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Tips to Avoid Getting Sick on an Airplane

Obviously, flying is one of the most efficient and easiest ways to get from point A to point B. However, it’s not always the healthiest. Close quarters, recycled air and people who don’t cover their mouth when they cough are all things that lead to the unhealthy connotation associated with air travel. With the unusual outbreaks we have seen this year, it’s smart to be as prepared as possible when taking public transportation of any kind. Take these precautions to ensure you come home just as healthy as you were when you left.

Bring water

Instead of opting for the in-flight beverage service, take hydration into your own hands. Either bring an empty water bottle in your carry-on and fill up after the security line or purchase water before you board. Hydrate with water before, during and after your flight.

Cover your drink

Even if you decide to bring your own water with you, when you are drinking out of a cup or bottle with the cap off, cover it with a napkin to prevent germs from flying into it.

Eat a healthy meal before you leave

According to USA Today, the FDA has found unsanitary conditions in some of the catering facilities that provide meals to airlines in the past couple years. In addition, airplane food usually isn’t the healthiest option. Grab a healthy meal before takeoff or pack snacks such as granola bars, nuts or dried fruit.

Pack a pillow and blanket

If you like to use travel pillows and blankets on long flights, travel with your own instead of using what the airline gives you. Not only will this help you to stay germ free but it will also help you to remain more comfortable while in-flight.

Load up on vitamin C before you leave

To boost your immune system, three days before your flight, start fueling with vitamin C.

Avoid jetlag

Jet lag occurs when traveling for long periods of time across time zones. It can alter how you feel and could lead to a lowered immune system. Need some tips for avoiding it? We’ve got you covered.

Clean your space

Carry a small, plastic bag with hand sanitizer and hand wipes on the flight with you. Use them when you board the plane to clean your tray table, armrests and any air conditioning or light buttons. Something as simple as this will kill the germs left by the last person who sat in your seat and may help you avoid catching the flu or a cold.

Don’t take anything to the bathroom

Don’t take your phone or a purse into the bathroom with you if you can avoid it. Unfortunately, not every traveler is as hygienic as you and so the bathroom is full of germs that can lead to illness. Putting your purse or phone on these surfaces can cause you to take the germs back to your seat with you and get sick.

Don’t touch your face

Touching a contaminated surface and then going on to touch your face is one of the easiest ways to get sick on a plane. Try to avoid touching your face and make sure you are sanitizing your hands regularly while flying.

Protect your nose

Apply a little Neosporin or Vaseline just inside your nostrils. The moisture will help to block out airborne dust particles and germs. Use a Q-Tip to apply in order to avoid touching your face directly.

Get up and move around

Every so often, get up and move. Even just walking up and down the aisle can help. While you are sitting, move around and stretch as much as you can without bothering your neighbor. This will prevent stiffness and keep the blood flowing.

Do you have any other tips to share with us? Let us know about your experiences in the comments section below.

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