Germaphobes and avid travelers have a lot on their minds these days as the barrage of stories about bacteria on planes, airport kiosks and even security bins fills our news feeds.
If you are traveling during the holidays, the last thing you want is a bad cold putting a damper on spreading joy and cheer. Of course, we suggest everyone puts PlaneAire™ in their carry-on bag to spray the germs away, but there are additional precautions you can take when traveling. The PlaneAire™ team rounded up their top health tips for being prepared for take off.
1. Immune System Boosters
There’s no way to travel around in a bacteria-free bubble (yet), so we suggest taking some vitamins a few hours before take off. Beta-carotene, vitamin C and vitamin E are three major antioxidant vitamins that will boost your immune system. Bring enough to last you the entire trip and take them daily with a healthy breakfast that includes superfoods like berries, pink grapefruit, tangerines or cantaloupe.
2. Tricky Tray at Checkpoint
There’s no avoiding the germ-filled plastic trays at checkpoints, which have been found to harbor a variety of germs, including the ones responsible for the common cold. After going through security, wash your hands and clean all surfaces that were inside the bins before boarding your flight.
3. Window vs Aisle
Although sitting in the aisle means less crawling over your neighbor’s seat during bathroom breaks, window seats keep you farther away from germs. You will come into contact with fewer passengers and you probably won’t leave your seat as often, so enjoy those 30,000-feet-high views paired with purer air.
4. Avoiding the Sniffly Seatmate
If you’re sitting next to a sick passenger, don’t touch your face unless you’ve just washed your hands. Turn off the fan above your seat to prevent far-flying projectile fluid from sneezes getting caught in the vent and then flowing down toward you (we know, gross!).
5. Baby On Board
Encourage your baby to suck on a bottle or pacifier during takeoff to avoid ear pain and carry chemical-free sanitary wipes in case either drop on the ground. Cover your baby with a breathable blanket to separate them from airborne germs and wash your hands often.