Winter is almost here again, which means that flu season is well and truly underway. And while there are many situations that can disrupt your travels – jet lag, changed flights, one too many drinks at the pub, etc. – catching the flu can be one of the worst. If you are planning to travel this winter, it is absolutely worth the time and effort to prepare yourself and try to stay as germ free as possible. Here are some tips to help you do just that.
Stay Up to Date with Vaccines
While a flu vaccine may not stop you from getting a different variation of the flu, it will help make the symptoms you suffer less severe. And don’t just stop at the flu vaccine, either – check out the latest recommendations from the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control to ensure you are fully prepared for travel in your destination. Also, check to see if you are eligible for a COVID booster vaccine and get one if you are.
Wash Your Hands
Washing your hands is one of the best ways to prevent the spread of germs, period. Ensure that you are doing so frequently both before and during your travels. Lather your hands with soap, wash with warm water for at least 20 seconds, then rinse and dry. You can also carry a small bottle of hand sanitizer in your day pack for use when you don’t have ready access to a faucet.
Keeping your body hydrated is important, especially while flying. During a flight, humidity levels on the plane are kept very low. This can lead to the mucous membranes within your eyes, nose, and mouth to dry out, making it much easier for germs to seep in and cause illness. To counteract this, grab a bottle of water before your flight and sip throughout the duration. You can either buy one after going through security, or bring an empty bottle from home and fill up after passing security. Before and during the flight, avoid caffeinated and alcoholic beverages as these will dry your body out further – opt for decaf tea instead to keep your hydration levels up. Consider packing a nasal spray and/or eye drops to further boost your body’s defense systems, especially if you’re on a long flight.
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