Travel tips to avoid getting cold from airplane ride

As many travelers often get sick after their trip or vacation, they always blame it on the food, the drink, or the timezone changes. However, the most popular cause is the airplane ride. Most of studies show that flights are formidable carriers of the common cold. Cold may be more than 100 times more likely to be transmitted on a plane than during normal daily life on the ground. The main causes are close quarters, shared air, and extremely low cabin humidity. It's so bad to caught cold after your airplane ride, especially when you are on the way to enjoy your weekend getaways or visit a new place or go on a business trip. Although you can take some common medical treatments to reduce symptoms of the illness, the quality of your trip will definitely down.  

In order to avoid the airplane cold and get smoothe flights, you should remember these things to do when having an airplane ride:

1. Stay hydrated. Drinking plenty of water will not only counter the overall dehydrating effects of air travel, which can lead to headaches, stomach problems, cramps, fatigue and more, but can actually fortify your preemptive natural immune mechanisms to function considerably better. In an airplane, where your nose and throat are on the front lines of the war with exceedingly dry air, sipping water or some other fluid regularly throughout the flight may be more effective than drinking a lot of water at one time before or during the flight. Alcohol and caffeinated drinks such as coffee or sodas can actually dehydrate you.

airplane cold - travel tips to stay healthy

 Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated

2. Keep your hands clean. Your hands are the most consistent point of first contact with cold, flu and other germs. The viruses that cause colds and flu can survive for hours on your skin or on objects such as armrests, TV remote control handsets, tray tables and other similar surfaces. Armrest, handshake, and seat back are some common direct ways to transfer viruses from fingers to fork to mouth to full-blown fever a few days later. However, the simple act of washing your hands with hot water and soap is a formidable rampart against this transfer of harmful microorganisms. If possible, wash your hands before any in-flight meals, and after your flight as well. Sometimes it might be impossible for you to wash your hands in an airplane or when the water source is not safe, you can use alcohol-based products made specifically for washing hands instead. 

3. Don't forget the dental hygiene. Using a germ-killing mouthwash in airplane ride may add another layer of protection while simultaneously helping to keep your throat moist. Just make sure your mouthwash bottle is three ounces or smaller to comply with the latest carry-on rules for liquids and gels.

4. Take your vitamins. The rapid response effect of vitamins is unproven, but many travelers favor to trust in them. No conclusive data has shown that large doses of vitamin C will prevent colds, although it may reduce the severity or duration of symptoms. In general, vitamins can strengthen your immune system that might help avoid the risk of getting cold.

5. Wear a face mask. The NIH cites airborne germs as one of the top two sources of cold virus infection; some travelers have taken to wearing masks either to prevent infection, or when they themselves are already infected. Personally, I would not last more than a half-hour or so behind a hot mask, but this may be an effective prevention tactic nonetheless.

airplane cold - travel tips to stay healthy

Wear a face mask to prevent infection

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Because prevention is always better than cure, you should apply there tips to avoid getting sick after having airplane ride. If you're a person who loves to travel all over the world or simply a busy man who has to move a lot, remember stay healthy. 


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