It’s no secret that traveling is very hard on your immune system. In fact, a recent survey by World Access, a travel insurance company, estimated that 35% of business travelers become ill while on the road. Whether you’re going on a business trip, spring break, or a family vacation getting sick during from the process of travel is hard to avoid. No one wants to arrive at their final destination feeling like they need a depleted of the strength to stay healthy. There are several precautions you can make to avoid becoming ill while traveling.
First and foremost, get lots of rest the day before traveling. This is often easier said than done. Most of us are engaged in last-minute packing, prepping for a presentation, wrapping up loose ends, or figuring out who is going to take the dog. We stay up later and get up earlier just in time to board the plane with half the sleep we normally get. Sleep is crucial for a strong immune defense. Instead of trying to cram 8 hours of pre-travel necessities into 4 hours do your very best to pack, prepare for your business trip, tie up your loose ends two days before traveling. Make of list of everything that needs to get done before you leave and get started on it a day sooner you think necessary. This will help ensure a good nights rest, which will help boost your immune system for traveling.
Taking immune system supplements is another good way to stay healthy on the road. Vitamin C, Echinacea, and Zinc are great for boosting your immune system. There are several products on the market so one should always consult their doctor if they’re unsure of any supplements.
Lastly, there is some key airline “do’s and don’ts” that can help prevent sickness and boost your immune system. Drink lots of water before, during, and after flying. Bring some nasal spray if your nose gets dry while flying. Your nose is a key element in your immune defense system. A small bottle of hand sanitizing is a great way to keep your hands clean while eating those peanuts. Avoid airline pillows and blankets. Unfortunately, they’re not cleaned after every flight. Who knows who just sneezed on your pillow and wiped their dirty hands on your blanket because the bathroom was out of soap? A nice pillow can be purchased at the airport before you take off and a small clean blanket can be brought from home.
Following these simple pieces of advice will help your immune defense stay strong and keep you healthy while traveling. Have a happy, healthy, and safe trip.