Flu season is about to peak, and travelers need to be extra cautious in order to stay healthy. Close proximity on planes, crowded airports, and jetlag can all increase a traveler's risk of catching the flu. Keep these tips in mind when you travel this month to stay as healthy as possible.
The Three Essentials
A water bottle, antibacterial soap, and disinfectant wipes are essential before you board an airplane. Staying hydrated helps your body’s immune system, so buy a large water bottle in the airport and drink up. Ask for water or juice duriing your flight and drink even if you do not feel thirsty.
Carry miniature bottles of antibacterial soap in your pocket and use it often. You won’t always have the opportunity to wash your hands with soap and water, so use this often after handing over your ticket, holding money, or pulling your luggage from the conveyor belt.
That storage pocket in front of your airline seat may be convenient, but they aren’t always cleaned between each flight. Wipe this and your tray table down with a disinfectant wipe before your flight takes off.
Vitamin C acts as an immune booster, so choose food and drink wisely in the airport. Grab an orange juice for your morning flight, or pack citrus fruit in your carry-on bag. Need to eat dinner beofore you board? Head to the nearest Mexican counter. Hot chilis and bell peppers are loaded with Vitamin C.
While the shared air on a plane can increase your chances of getting the flu, the greatest risk comes from the passengers sitting 1-3 seats away from you. If a nearby passenger appears ill, ask a flight attendant for another seat if at all possible. Before traveling, speak up at your doctor visit. A flu shot can greatly decrease your odds of getting the flu, and should be highly considered if you have plans to travel.
While you may not be able to avoid getting sick while you travel, a few precautions can increase your chances of staying healthy when you fly.