The holidays are right around the corner and it’s time to start planning your trips. As is every year, the number of flyers around the holidays skyrockets. While this is good for the travel industry, it’s not great for your health. There are many health risks that come with flying and there are small things you can do to stay healthy while traveling this holiday season.
Because people tend to eat unhealthy over the holidays, especially at airports and on the plane, it’s a good idea to bring healthy snacks to curb your desire to eat poorly. Granola or protein bars make excellent, healthy meal replacements when flying and they will help you save money. You should also make sure to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water and avoiding alcohol. Alcohol is a diuretic and can dehydrate you, especially at higher altitudes. Water will keep your immune system working hard and will help prevent a lot of other health-related issues.
Another easy tip to fly healthier is to bring hand sanitizer or antibacterial wipes. There are germs all over the plane, but the most common places people contract illnesses when flying is from their tray tables. In fact, 4 out of 6 airline tray tables were found to be carrying Staphylococcus. By washing your hands regularly and being cautious of what you touch, you can mitigate a lot of the bacterial-risks that happen when flying.
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