Tips & Tricks To Stay Healthy During Travel
With the holidays right around the corner, we’re sure that your plane tickets are already booked to see those faraway family members and friends. But, it seems that getting sick is inevitable during this time of year, especially while traveling. But no worries, we put together some of the best tips and tricks to help avoid that dreadful cold!
DRINK (A LOT OF) WATER
We’ve all heard at least once that drinking water is good for you. But when it comes to staying healthy during cold season, it’s critical. Staying hydrated helps boost your immune system and it keeps your skin looking refreshed (an added bonus). Now if drinking plain water sounds boring, you can spice it up with some decaf tea or fruit infused water. Here’s a helpful list of the best and worst things to drink during flu season.
WASH YOUR HANDS
Killing germs and the bad bacteria on your hands is a sure way to protect yourself. And washing your hands with soap for at least 20 seconds is ideal. But, we get it- this might seem like a long time. To speed up those 20 seconds, try singing part of your favorite song (we won’t judge). And for those of you that are on-the-go, try using a convenient antibacterial hand sanitizer. Most importantly, wash your hands before you eat every time!
AVOID PEOPLE THAT ARE SICK
Try your best to stay away from people that seem to be sick. Now this might not be an option in all situations, but try your best to stay out of coughing range and don’t touch anything they touch. If you can’t avoid them, then be sure to keep your hands away from your mouth, eyes and nose until you can properly wash your hands (refer to Tip #2).
GET THE FLU SHOT
Getting the flu shot can reduce your chances of getting the flu by 40-60%! Take the time to talk to your doctor to see if getting the flu shot is the best thing for you. With 5-20% of the population getting the flu each year, it’s not a bad idea to get the shot to help prevent you and your loved ones from getting sick.
Along with drinking plenty of water, you should put your health first when traveling. This includes getting enough rest, eating healthier and taking the time to exercise. Here are some easy ways to do this:
- set a timer to go to bed earlier
- when grocery shopping, buy healthy snack options that will keep you full for a longer time
- take a 30 minute to an hour walk during the day
GET UP WHILE TRAVELING
Take the time to get up and move, especially while on a long flight or driving for long periods of time. Stretching your legs just a little help increase blood flow and energy levels. Moving around more decreases your chances for blood clots and helps to ease a stiff back from sitting too long. Here are some more tips for surviving a long flight.
Now when you visit friends and family this holiday season you can relax- stuffy nose and headache-free!