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4 Golden Rules for Healthy Summer Travel

Whoever said that travel is all about the journey, not the destination, has clearly forgotten what it’s like to have the middle seat on a long-haul flight. To help combat fatigue we’ve listed our top tips for travel—just in time for summer vacation.

Hydrate. Hydrate. Hydrate.
Chances are your method of travel includes being in a confined, climate-controlled space for a long amount of time. Both pressurized airplane cabins and air-conditioned cars can dry out your sinuses, making you feel tired and congested. The low humidity levels can also make it easier for you to catch a cold, which is why it’s important to drink plenty of water before, during and after travel.

Prep your skin for travel.
In addition to your sinuses, dehydration can make your skin feel tight and itchy. The night before you leave, use an exfoliating scrub and plenty of lotion to help lock in your skin’s natural moisture.

Avoid germs.
Airplanes pump both fresh and recycled air throughout the cabin, making it easy to pick up a bug from someone sitting rows behind you. Pick up some antibacterial gel or wipes before you travel and be sure to give the seat-back tray, armrests and seatbelt buckle a wipe before you use them. If you can, keep the overhead vent on low and pointed at your lap instead of directly at your face. Of course, the best way to ward off illness is to make sure you’re up to date with your flu shot before you travel.

Mind what you eat (and drink).
While it might seem like a good idea to indulge while you’re traveling, what you eat and drink can impact your in-flight or on-road comfort. Go easy on carb-heavy foods and carbonated beverages as they can make you feel bloated. Skipping sugar will also help prevent irritability and the inevitable energy crash. Experiencing tummy troubles? Pack some ginger chews or ginger tea to soothe your stomach.

At your destination and not feeling your best? Schedule a telehealth visit or call the 24/7 Nurse Line to get the care you need.