Holiday health: 6 tips for staying healthy while traveling

family checking in at airline counter in airport

For many people, the holiday season means traveling. And with all that moving around and the extra stress of the season, it can be easy to catch a seasonal sniffle. Here are some tips to mitigate the side effects of holiday travel.

Stay hydrated.

If you’re going to the mountains, plan to drink an extra 32 to 48 fluid ounces of water daily  to keep hydrated at high altitude.

Strengthen your immune system.

Before your trip even starts, make sure you’re getting enough vitamin D and C for an added immune system boost . Did you know the FDA recommends 400 IU daily intake of vitamin D and 60 mg daily intake of vitamin C ?

Sanitize your hands.

When you come into contact with germy hotspots like ATMs, door handles and other frequently used surfaces, use sanitizer on all parts of your hands. If you can’t sanitize right away, avoid contact with your eyes, nose and mouth .

Catch some zzz’s.

Whether you’re traveling just across town or crossing time zones this holiday season, few things are more important to your health than sleep. With long waits in the airport, lugging around bulky luggage and constantly being on your feet, your body needs to recharge. The benefits of seven to eight hours of sleep each night are seemingly endless, from reduced stress levels to sharpening attention . Sleep can also help boost your immune system . Be sure to count sheep this holiday season to keep your mind and body sharp.

Take a seat.

On public transportation, seats are less contaminated than poles and straps . If you must hang on for the ride, try not to touch your face and wash your hands after disembarking.

Walk it out.

If you’re taking to the skies for your next trip, be sure to remain active. Periods of immobility in a cramped space can lead to blood clots in some passengers. In addition to taking a few short walks up and down the aisle, try simply contracting your calf muscles  to encourage blood flow.

Author: Bright Health

December 20, 2016