Many of us have traveled for vacation or to visit family and friends and came back home with more than souvenirs and memories. During the hustle and bustle of travel in airports and on planes colds and viruses abound. Here are some tips for preventing them or at the very least limiting their stay!
When I know I am traveling, particularly during holiday season, I like to start using Vitamin C daily at least a week before I am scheduled to leave. Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant and super helpful in reducing cold symptoms. I take 1 dose daily or two split between morning and evening if I already feel something coming on. Kids can take a flavored chewable version to get travel ready too.
The old school parent favorite, Cod Liver Oil, is a powerful anti-inflammatory packed with Vitamin A and Vitamin D. The taste is much better than I remember as a child. These days it come in flavors like lemon. Thank goodness! My children don’t mind taking the kids version but sometimes I will blend it in a smoothie to make it even more palatable.
This syrup is another vital part of kicking our immune system into high gear. It treats fevers, sore throats, colds and flu. Adults can take 1 tsp daily for maintenance and 2 doses a day when feeling under the weather. Children take a smaller dose and tend to like the sweet taste. This has to be kept refrigerated after opening so if staying at a hotel, be sure to have a fridge in your room.
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These saline drops are a good idea when you are in close proximity to others who are sick. Keep these handy drops with you on a plane to flush out your nose and prevent viruses from finding a home. You can use the drops as needed and I actually prefer the ones made for children. I pack one for each of us (you don’t want to share these) and I write our names on the front in black marker.
My husband and I are the wipe down crew the moment we reach our seats on an airplane. We bust out the wipes and start furiously wiping the arm rests, chair backs and trays. We use plain wipes (not a fan of strong disinfectant wipes and their yucky chemicals) so it is not a complete antibacterial wipe out. And that’s fine, after all not all bacteria are bad in fact, most are necessary. But if we can reduce exposing ourselves to a cold virus on a trip to Disney, it’s a win!
And last but not least, if you really want to protect yourself and don’t mind a few stares, you could always wear a small mask covering your mouth and nose. Pack one in your carry on and break it out if the person in front of you is coughing and sneezing pelting you with the flu. It’s not pretty, but neither is being out of commission for a week with a nasty bug.
These are my tips and tricks for keeping well while traveling. What are your go-tos for avoiding sickness while on the go?
Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional. This site’s content is for informational purposes only and is not intended as medical advice. Readers should consult their own qualified health care professional for medical advice.