Holiday travel can be exciting as you head out to see friends and families and visit other climates. But it can also mean exposure to a variety of ailments including colds and the flu.
Here are some things to think about before it’s time to head for the airport:
• Be healthy when it’s time to travel.
Common sense steps like getting enough sleep and eating a healthy diet, especially antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables, can help keep your immune system strong as you prepare for your trip.
• Check the weather before you pack.
Even if you used to live in the location you are traveling to, time away can distort your memory of how cold or warm it will be this time of year. Check the forecast and make sure to pack for all expected weather conditions.
• Don’t forget your meds.
If you have medications that you take on a regular basis, you know you need them to stay healthy. Be sure to pack medications in your carry-on bag in case your luggage doesn’t land at your destination on the same flight you are on.
Make sure emergency medications like an asthma inhaler or epi pen for allergic reactions are at your seat when you sit down. Don’t risk being separated from them if you can’t get to the overhead bin.
• Pack your comfort medications.
If you are worried about catching a cold or other illness while you are away from home and you know transportation may be complicated, pack a small assortment of antihistamines, cold and flu medications, and pain relievers to help you get by until you can purchase what you need.
• Plan ahead to fight germs.
Public places like airports and airplanes are ideal breeding grounds for all types of germs. Before you leave home, formulate a strategy as to how you will keep your contact with public surfaces to a minimum.
If you are usually cold when you fly, carry a jacket so you won’t need to borrow an airline blanket. And bring along a travel-sized hand sanitizer or antibacterial wipes so you can keep your hands clean as you travel.