After returning home from a business trip sick with a virus, I went to see a doctor. He explained to me how the closed environment and number of people on a plane was a conduit for germs and bacteria. As a result, individuals like myself who travel by air often get sick. The solution: I had to reduce my exposure to the germs and bacteria on the plane in order to avoid getting sick. In response, below are a few tricks I adopted.
- Bring your own magazine. Thousands of flyers touch the complementary magazines offered by airlines with their hands. Consequently, hands are hotbeds for germs and bacteria. Reduce your exposure by bringing your own magazine aboard. What you select is a better suit for your taste anyway. See – How Many Germs Actually Live on Your Hands
- Wipe down your armrests. Before your relax into your seat, avoid getting sick on the plane by wiping down your armrests and food tray. As with magazines, travelers touch these plane accessories too. For this process, use alcohol wipes. You can carry them in a purse or pants pocket.
- Spritz nostrils with a nasal spray. Saline sprays ward off air born germs by diminishing mucous and allergens in the nasal pathways. Use this type of spray after entering the plane and midway through your flight. Purchase a saline nasal spray at your local grocer or drugstore. See – Natural Allergy Relief: Saline Nasal Sprays
- Stay hydrated with clear liquids. Avoid getting sick on the plane by staying hydrated. Hydration helps your body fend off and eliminate germs and bacteria. For the best results, drink the clear ones. Suggestion: consumer waters and herbal teas.
- Ask for bottled water only. EPA tests reveal that the water on major airlines contain bacteria. This water is what goes into a flyer’s tea and coffee. It’s also the same liquid available in the bathroom for cleansing hands. Be safe and ask a flight attendant for bottled water to drink. Use your alcohol wipes to clean your hands. See – EPA Tests Show High Percentage of Airplanes Still Have Bacteria in the Water
The above five ways to avoid getting sick on the plane reduce your chances of catching a bug. Since establishing them as travel habits, I have never caught anything while in the air.