How to Fly Healthy

There’s nothing worse than being sick on vacation – especially if you were fine before you got on the plane! From sneezy seatmates to germy surfaces, here are some important tips to help you protect yourself in-flight:

  • Seat pockets, tray tables, pillow and blankets, the airplane bathroom, even the air are all dirtier than you want to know. So pack hand sanitizer – 3 oz. or less – in your carry-on bag to avoid spreading the ick.
  • Flying makes you 20% more likely to catch the common cold. Beat the odds by loading up on Vitamin C and B-complex vitamins before, during, and after your flight with oranges, grapefruit, and leafy greens – and add vitamin-boosting drink packets like EmergenC to your water.
  • Speaking of water, avoid what comes out of the plane’s water dispenser. Ask for bottled water, or bring your own filtration bottle.
  • But don’t just avoid water… Dehydration is one of the biggest health concerns when flying. On the ground, normal humidity is between 20 and 50%, but in flight, it can be as low as 1%, leading to rapid dehydration which often goes unnoticed before it’s too late. To combat it, avoid alcohol, soda, and caffeine in the hours before your flight, drink 8 ounces of water every hour you’re in the air, and choose fruits and veggies over salty snacks.
  • Do lots of stretching and walking in the aisle (when the seatbelt sign is off) to keep your circulation flowing. You may feel silly, but it’s better than a blood clot!

A little planning and prevention will go a long way toward ensuring you’re in tip-top shape to take advantage of every precious day of your trip! Got any healthy travel tips we missed? Share them in the comments!

Rebecca

Community, Social Media, and Customer Service Manager for AirportParkingReservations.com and ParkSleepFly.com

  • JK

    Wonderful advice. All things I didn’t know as well.

    Thanks

  • g8teach

    very useful information, most people don’t know about the water in the airplane lavatories–you are better off using hand sanitizer than washing your hands and definitely don’t drink the water

  • EdStick

    Good article! The dehydration information is useful.

  • colton

    love this! great stuff!

  • Moffee

    Very useful article

    • http://www.airportparkingreservations.com Rebecca

      Glad you think so, Moffee!

  • Dana

    Wow- I had not even though of the humidity in the air being so low. Definitely going to remember to drink more water, especially for long international flights! Great advice!