Travel during the holiday season can be taxing. Even those not traveling for a holiday-specific occasion will be subjected to the wave of people who are voyaging hundreds of miles to reunite with friends and family. Just a few things to look forward to this time of year: long lines, flight delays, and the inevitable “cough, cough” throughout the flight from the person beside you.
With all the stress of travel during the holiday season and the numerous opportunities for exposure to germs, it is important to take every measure possible to keep your immune system performing at its best. Here are a few tips that Health.com recommends to keep you from needing a vacation after your vacation:
Prepare for the battle before it begins:
Although leaving for a trip requires preparation such as packing and finding a local dog sitter, it is important to ensure that you are well rested before your trip. Try to keep your sleep schedule as normal as possible so your body can focus on fighting germs and not a nap.
Keep it clean:
There are thousands of passengers coming and going in an airport. Each one of them brings in more germs than I am able to comfortably think about. What may seem like innocent actions can result in an illness. Think about a man who touches the security belt after scratching his sock-free foot or a woman who wipes her child’s nose, then opens the bathroom door with the same tissue in hand. To ensure you are not continuing the spread of any germs picked up, make sure to wash your hands frequently. To protect yourself wash your hands before you eat or touch your eyes.
Take a break:
Although many locations this time of year bring cool weather, it is important that travel during the holiday season also includes fresh air. With heat being circulated through buildings and windows kept tightly shut, exposure to a germ-free breeze outdoors will be a welcomed break for your immune system.
In the event that you are traveling and these tips don’t assist in preventing an illness, ensure you have your necessary health insurance documents and contact information.