With spring break FAST approaching (thank God!) many of us college students are preparing for flights to warmer destinations. Unfortunately it is still winter, and still cold and flu season. We have all had the experience of being in enclosed spaces with people coughing and sneezing and spreading their germs everywhere, airplanes are NO exception!
So how do you avoid catching the cold on the airplane and risking being sick for your one glorious week off? Here are a few tips:
1. Anti-bacterial gel– although it can be dehydrating when used in excess, make sure you use it to wash your hands whenever you can. Airplane magazines are a key place to house germs that we usually don’t think of. So after you pick up that SkyMall (and we all do) rinse your hand quickly with some anti-bacterial. Most pharmacies sell travel sized bottles that are no problem to bring on a plane
2. Bring some wipes– before sitting down in your seat wipe down the tray table, armrests and headrest in your area. This quick tip can eliminate any germs already living where you will be sitting for the next several hours, kill ’em up front.
3. Drink lots of water– This is so important. Plane cabins are low in humidity, which can dry out the sinuses, making it easier to be infected. Newer security policies do not allow you to bring liquids (larger than 3oz) through security, however once through security you can stop by several convenience stores and pick up a bottle or too. If you dont want to pay, airlines will provide you with water once the plane is in the air, as long as you ask them
4. Bring your own pillow– If you are taking a long flight and plan on sleeping during it, bring your own pillow. Airplane pillows and blankets aren’t cleaned after every flight, and although they are usually sealed and each person gets a new one, they can still house many germs.
Enjoy your vacation fellow travelers! And STAY HEALTHY!