- Written by Dr. Robyn Holder Dr. Robyn Holder
- Published: 05 November 2018 05 November 2018
I love to travel! I especially enjoy flying. The whole world opens up to you when you hop on a plane. You can go just about anywhere!
I’ve adopted some things to keep myself healthy when I fly. Some tips are science-based, and others are from my experience. I am almost afraid to write this...here’s a virtual “knock-on-wood” so I don’t get sick the next time! HaHa!
Here are a few of my tips:
- Allow enough time to get to the airport. Whether you are driving and parking, or getting dropped off, nothing starts a trip off on the wrong foot than being stressed because you are late. Get there early and then relax or do some shopping! Airports often have terrific stores.
- Travel light. Plan to wear the same outfit twice. Mix and match your clothes. Lugging a heavy suitcase, whether you check it or not, is hard on your body. And carry a jacket, just in case.
- Carry along some wet wipes. Once you are in your seat, wipe off the tray table and armrests. I always do this, sometimes to my husband’s chagrin, but it’s kept me germ free for a long time.
- Close the air vent above your head. A physician friend once told me of a chemist colleague who swabbed the air vents in a plane and came up with numerous viruses! Yuk! Granted, you’ll still be breathing the air in the plane, but closing the vent right above you keeps the air from blowing directly on you.
- Nix the empty carbs, like crackers, cookies or pretzels you’ll find in the airport and be given as a snack on the plane. Take along some healthy protein snacks, like nuts or trail mix, or even some string cheese and a piece of fruit. They are easy to eat, will go through security, and will keep you full till your next meal. If I’m flying, especially in the morning, I pack 2-3 hard-boiled eggs to take along, or a Kind® bar. Easy!
- Hydrate! Take your own empty water bottle, too, if you are motivated to do so. Most airports now have bottle filling stations, so you can save some money. Drink more than you think you need to. Flying is dehydrating. And using the bathroom will keep you moving, which is also good during a flight.
- Carry and use Airborne (or a generic brand). I love these little flat tablets that boost and protect your immune system. I break them in half and pop them right into my water bottle (or in the cup of water I get served), and drink it during and after my flight. I swear by this!
- If you tend to get nauseous (in a plane, car, ship, train), try using PSI bands. These are acupressure bands worn near the wrist, and they really work! I no longer get air or sea sick, and I carry them along just in case. Full Circle Vitality Group now carries these if you want to try them. They are inexpensive – only $20. You can find them online as well.
- If you have a long layover, take advantage of the time by going to a restaurant for a meal. Sit down, put your phone or tablet away, and enjoy your food. People watch!
- Have a drink! You’re flying!! Remember moderation – don’t overindulge. The world is your oyster! Enjoy and have a great trip!
To Your Vitality!