Stay Healthy As You Fly This Winter

Source | Stefan Stefancik

Source | Stefan Stefancik

Millions of Americans are expected to travel during the winter holidays; especially if they were lured by the random last-minute flight deal they saw in an e-mail. Who wouldn’t want to take advantage of a extended trip to St. Lucia after being tortured by the blistering cold?

Taking a long flight journey can put a damper on the journey to paradise particularly during the winter season. Passengers may have or are getting over colds, fevers, and flus. Are you prepared health-wise? Make sure you stay healthy by following my recommendations below so you can enjoy a piece of destination heaven in total wellness:

Stay Comfy

Choose comfortable, breathable shoes that allow you to move easily with little restriction as you walk through the airport and into and out of the plane. This allows your feet to stay healthy without undermining problems that could arise down the road like soreness or bunions.

Even though it might be tempting to slip on something that can easily be remove as you go through the long security line, the shoe might not have enough padding underneath to provide comfortable. Another issue can be that it may not be comfortable wearing them for a prolonged period on a frigid plane.

My suggestion is to buy socks that you can stow in the carry-on or purse so you easily slip them on. Also, refrain from tying your laces too tight as this will cause swelling and soreness.

Like your shoes, your clothes should be a little on the loose side. My suggestion is to avoid jeans, especially if they are too tight or have extra zippers and/or buttons. Choose clothes that easy to wear for an extended period of time.

Layering pieces like shirts or cardigans can keep you warm if needed and with strategic planning beforehand, layering clothes on can give you room in your suitcase to stow more items if needed.

Ew! Germs

Studies have shown that airplane air is filtered more often than the air in most buildings but you should always keep yourself healthy and aware of possible germs that may transfer as you are up in the skies.

Germs could transfer on inanimate objects particularly on areas where you sit because they are not disinfected as often. Be sure to carry a bottle of hand sanitizer or disinfectant wipes to wipe down areas like the fold-up tray and seating handle bars.

Same goes with the restroom on the plane – wash your hands going in and wash again going out.

Build your defenses

Be sure to build your immunity up by adequately taking your vitamins B-12 and C. For herbal supplementation, I would suggest elderberry, oregano oil as well as Echinacea for its healing and defensive properties.

You may board a plane ride with a few passengers who may be exhibiting or not exhibiting cold or flu-like symptoms. As a preventative measure, protect yourself first. This is especially true for parents with the little ones.

Get On Up

To reduce your chances of developing blood clots in your legs, it helps every so often to move around. If its a long flight, you may want to do it often like every few hours and do a few stretching exercises.

But practice discretion, I don’t mean bust a full frontal split like a mastered yogi. No one has time for that. Even if this is not a long flight, still get up and get the circulation going. It’s good for you 

Snack time

If you are flying domestically, you can bring your own healthy snacks and stash them in your carry-on. However, for longer flights such as the international trips, you are served straight from the galley’s on-board kitchen which may or may not be healthy.

My suggestion is to do a little research in advance and if possible check out the flight’s menu option. Some airlines offer on-board fare that serves healthier options, I plan to do a post in the future to reveal the top airlines that caters.

One more thing- most overnight flights offer dinner and may be too heavy prior to shut-eye. I recommend turning down the meal and eat about two hours in advance but do bring snacks in case you do get hungry.

Eating too heavy immediately before attempting to sleep will deter you from resting properly.

Stay Hydrated

You probably heard this a million times but drink more and more water. Most planes lack humidity which leads to drier skin, nose, mouths, and parched throats.

Skip the carbonated drinks like soda, sugary drinks including the alcohol kind and drink water instead. Staying hydrated is the key to great looking skin and restoring the vitality of being in a pressurized cabin for too long.

Do you have any tips and tricks on maintaining healthy on-board? Post them in the comments!

Note: Although I have worked in the healthcare industry, I am not a physician. The post contains recommendations for vitamins and herbal supplementation but please check with your physician beforehand.