Thanks to crowded flights with recycled air, catching a cold or other
virus is a common post-flight fate — especially now during flu season.
Here are some simple tips to help you survive unscathed.
Lather, rinse, repeat
This may seem obvious, but it bears a
reminder: Wash your hands regularly. To do it effectively, experts
recommend scrubbing your hands with soap, under warm running water, for
at least 20 seconds. But in a pinch, a hand sanitizer will do. Plus,
it’s nice to have a quick-clean option after touching surfaces like
sticky arm rests and tray tables.
flights can do a number on the body, causing cramps, muscle pain and
neck strain. Taking periodic walks up and down the aisle is one remedy,
but there are other alternatives, like yoga poses. A sun salutation in
the aisle may not be appreciated, so try these less space-consuming
moves. Seated twist: Place one hand on the opposite knee and twist your
torso toward that hand. Hold for 30 seconds, then switch. Hip stretch:
Cross one leg over the other and lean forward, folding over your legs.
Hold, then switch legs and repeat.
While flying, it’s best to avoid drinks that will
dehydrate you. The list includes all of our favorite vices, from
alcoholic beverages to caffeinated sodas and coffee. Try drinking water
or juice instead, and don’t rely on the airline to provide enough during
your flight. It’s always a good idea to bring a water bottle with you,
filling it up at a water fountain before you board the plane. This
alternative is better than buying bottled water at the airport — not
only for environmental reasons, but because you’ll want to stay hydrated
on your trip too, whether you’re spending time on the beach or
gallivanting around a big city.
mood and boost your immune system by staying as well-rested as possible
before, during and after your trip. To help aid in-flight sleep, pack
your own travel pillow and blanket. A great set of noise-cancelling
headphones and an eye-pillow are also recommended. And if all else
fails, a glass of warm milk is always an option.