Tips for a Safe and Happy Holiday Season
Many of us will be using different modes of transportation to get home to our loved ones this Christmas. But regardless of what method of transport you choose, there is always the risk of returning home with some type of illness due to travel fatigue.
Ensure your holiday travels are healthy and enjoyable with these health tips:
Boost Your Immune System
Large groups shut into a plane, bus, or train car during a long trip makes the perfect breeding ground for airborne germs. Lower your chances of contracting a circulating cold or flu virus by loading up on Echinacea and vitamin C the week prior to your journey. Include some Vitamin D and Elderberry too!
Help with Ear Pressure
Ear pain during plane takeoff and landing is not only rough on adults, but also on children. Soothe the pressure in the inner ear by popping a piece of gum and avoid bottle or breastfeeding close to departure and landing times.
It’s common for nasal passages and ears to become congested during plane travel due to the pressure of takeoff and landing. However, you can prevent sinus pain and pressure by taking a decongestant the day of your flight to shrink sinus membranes and prevent inflammation.
If you’re a nervous traveler, slamming coffee or soda is a bad idea. Instead, pack a few bags of your favorite herbal tea. Honey lemon, chamomile, mint, or lavender will keep you hydrated and ease travel jitters during a long flight or train ride. Just ask your attendant for a cup of hot water.
Decline Alcoholic Beverages
Many folks will ease their nerves with a stiff drink after takeoff. However, alcohol combined with a low-pressure cabin will only dehydrate the body further, leaving you with a headache upon arrival.
Prevent A Blood Clot
Deep-vein thrombosis, or blood clotting, can occur when you remain seated for long hours of travel. To prevent blood from pooling in your legs, resist the urge to cross your legs. Instead, pop an aspirin tablet prior to your flight and prop your feet up on your carry-on bag to encourage blood flow.
The Effects of Jet Lag
If you’re crossing multiple time zones this holiday, you may end up with jet lag for Christmas, which can interrupt sleep patterns, cause irritability, and leave you prone to illness. Instead, take a short nap prior to landing to refresh, and make sure to get out in the sun and remain awake during local time the first day to minimize jet lag.
Wherever your holiday travel plans take you, I wish you a safe and happy holiday season.