The holidays mark traveling season for millions of people around the world. Reuters reports that this year in the U.S. alone, it’s expected that 6.4 million airplane trips will be taken by flyers to get to their various destinations.
With that many people bustling through airport terminals at the same time, it’s also a great time to take extra precaution and remain healthy during your travels, both before getting on the plane and after you’ve arrived.
Check out these five simple airport traveling hacks that can be easily added into your travel routine.
1. Make yogurt a part of your preflight breakfast.
While most people will be popping chewable vitamin C pills and downing drinks loaded with powdered vitamin supplements, adjusting what you eat for breakfast could have the biggest impact on your health when you fly.
If you’re not lactose intolerant, adding a little yogurt to your breakfast boosts and strengthens your digestive system and entire immune system. That’s thanks to the lactic acid it contains, which houses all the good probiotic bacteria that our bodies need.
2. Bring your own hand sanitizer.
When traveling, your luggage alone can come in contact with over 80 million bacteria before you get it back. Public surfaces can house around 33,000 bacteria, and the hands of each person can carry roughly 10 million bacteria at a time.
With stats like that, it’s understandable that hand washing could use some extra reinforcement. Keep several hand sanitizers handy in your purse, your pocket and carry-on — any place you might need it before you move onto the next leg of your journey. There are plenty of essential oil based-hand sanitizers that do not contain the harmful ingredient triclosan. So be sure to read the ingredient label carefully before purchasing.
3. Pack an empty water bottle.
Planes are airborne dehydration factories for flyers, and airports charge a lot for even the pocket-sized bottles of water. One way to get around that is to pack an empty water bottle. This tip will get you past TSA security and also allow you to fill up endlessly once you’re on the other side of the gate.
4. Use a moisturizing serum for your face.
One of the problems with airplane cabins is that they have low humidity, so it’s important to use a face serum or skin oil that provides hydration and protection for your skin. Using one that contains hyaluronic acid is even better; it helps moisture bind better to your face in that parched in-flight air.
When used in conjunction with your regular moisturizer, you might find that your usual face cream works a lot better both during and after the flight. The reasons why involve a little chemistry. There’s a lack of water in airplane air, hence the dryness, so our moisturizers don’t work as well. But hyaluronic acid, a sugar-based molecule found in our skin, binds naturally and impressively to water.
5. Bring your own snacks.
Keeping your blood sugar levels normal is very necessary during travel. Eating regularly allows you to stay even keeled on your journey by providing your body with the fuel it needs.
But airport snacks are often too sugary, too salty and way too expensive. Finding healthy choices can be far and few between, if affordable at all. So packing your own snacks for your trip is definitely a must. Foods like nuts, dried or firm fruit (nothing smashable), protein or cereal bars, jerky, applesauce or dry oatmeal (to be mixed post-security check or in-flight) are all great choices. Plus, they will tide you over sufficiently until you get to your next real meal.
Stay healthy and happy,
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