Fasten your seatbelt! November and December are the biggest travel months in the United States. This time of year also marks the beginning of cold and flu season. Busy airports and packed airplanes are the perfect breeding ground for some pretty nasty germs. An article from the Journal of Environmental Health Research suggests you may be up to 100 times more likely to catch a cold on a plane than you are in your normal day-to-day-life.
Avoid the “airplane cold” or a real “travel bug” with these healthy tips.
It matters where you sit
Choose your seat wisely and avoid the aisle seat if you can. While the aisle offers more leg room, it also exposes you to people walking up and down the aisles that may be sick. If you are seated next to someone is sick, sometimes you can request a seat change from the flight attendant if there is room.
Protect your immune system
The infamous airplane cold is caused by low cabin humidity, which weakens your natural defense systems. If you already have a weakened immune system, it may be wise to bring a face mask to protect yourself. You can also use a scarf or jacket around your face to avoid breathing in airborne germs.
Get your best sleep ever
If you’re traveling across multiple time zones, take a jet lag remedy to prevent feeling groggy and out of it the next day. Not getting adequate rest can also contribute to your health upon arrival. Genexa's Jet Lag Rx helps prevent jet lag symptoms including fatigue, mood changes, sleeplessness, nausea and sluggishness. If you have trouble sleeping in a new place, you should also pack Sleepology, a melatonin-free sleep remedy.
Keep surfaces clean
As soon as you get on the plane, wipe down surfaces, seat belts, windows and window coverings with a cleaning wipe. Did you know that the dirtiest object on an airplane is the tray table? Do yourself a favor and make it clean before you touch anything else. We love these cleaning wipes from Ode to Clean, made from purified water and plant starch.
Keep your hands clean
Washing your hands is super important before you touch your face or eat anything. If you don’t have easy access to the bathroom, a carry-on sized hand sanitizer can also work. Remember, colds and flus are caused by airborne germs so keeping the areas surrounding your nose and mouth clean are extra important. Come prepared with a foaming, alcohol-free hand sanitizer from Babyganics.
Fill up on H2O
Stay hydrated! Bring a reusable water bottle, fill it up before you get on the plane and keep drinking water until you arrive. Water helps your body detox and flush out any toxins you may encounter. Plus, with the low cabin humidity, you’re very likely to get dehydrated. Taking preventative measures will help you in the long run.
Ready to go? Then make sure you've stocked up on all of your travel medicine necessities with Genexa. Bon voyage!