How to Avoid Illness While Traveling During the Holidays

Don't spend the holidays chained to a box of tissues! These tips will keep you healthy.

It's an unfortunate equation. Holidays often lead to traveling, and traveling often leads to illness. Packed planes, public restrooms, and crowded restaurants or hotels are all ripe with germs to pick up on your hands or breathe in through your nose. Gross! Here's how to protect yourself while you travel.

  • Make sure you're washing your hands frequently. Even if you are a stickler for clean hands at home, breaking your routine can also result in breaking good habits. Wash whenever you have the opportunity, and use hand sanitizer to fill in the gaps.
  • Avoid the coughers and sneezers. If you notice the tell-tale signs of sickness in another traveler, give them some distance.
  • Choose healthy meal options. Travelers are prone to just grabbing a burger and fries from a fast food establishment. A lack in nutrition can affect your immune system. Hunt down better options.
  • Stay hydrated. If you are flying to your destination, remember that airplanes can speed up the dehydration process. Drink a lot of water, and pass on the alcohol or coffee.
  • Try to get enough sleep. Sleep deprivation is another shot at your immune system. If you're crossing time zones, this can be tricky, but a little forethought and planning can keep you well rested.

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