No one likes catching a cold while on vacation. Whether you’re driving across the country or flying internationally, new places, lack of sleep, and exposure to new people (and germs!) can increase your chances of getting sick. Make sure you’re giving your immune system the added boost it needs to keep your body healthy.
When you don’t get enough sleep, it’s harder for your body to fight colds. (Sleep deprivation suppresses your immune system.) Aim for getting a full night’s sleep a few nights leading up to your travel date, and be sure to get enough rest once you arrive at your destination.
Water is so important! A fully hydrated body cleanses toxins and keeps your immune system strong. It’s easy to get dehydrated on an airplane, so be sure to bring a water bottle and refill it often. (Aim for one glass of water for every hour of the flight).
Add exercise to your before-you-go checklist. Gentle exercise, such as walking, biking, or yoga, increases the circulation of immune cells that boost immunity. It’s important not to overdo it, though, because more rigorous exercise can decrease immunity.
4. Eat healthily
For an extra boost to your immunity, increase your intake of Vitamin C. Eat foods high in Vitamin C (e.g., bell and chili peppers, kale, broccoli, strawberries, pineapples, and kiwis), or you can take Vitamin C tablets.
5. Get your immunizations
When’s the last time you got a flu shot? Make sure your shots and immunizations are up to date to prevent illness.