Travel Tip – Airplane Health Tips

crowded-airplane-cabinI have been on a lot of airplanes recently. A lot. So I thought I would share a few tips for trying to stay healthy while being trapped in one of these germs tubes. That way you may actually enjoy your destination when you get there!

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Bring sanitizing wipes and use them.
I always have a pack of these in whatever bag I am carrying around. Most of the time it is to clean myself off after enjoying the latest food truck item, but they also play a very important role on a plane (and let’s face it, some restaurants too). That tray table right in front of you hasn’t been wiped down in I don’t know how long (if ever). So before you set your drink down, open your peanuts packet, or even place your book/iPad on it, wipe it down!

I personally use EO Products sanitizing hand wipes in lavender because I like the scent. They come individually packed (which don’t dry out) and packs of 10 wipes. But more importantly, they are biodegradable which is important to me.

Drink water, but only from a can or bottle.
You know drinking water is good for you while on a plane. It is important to keep hydrated. But don’t drink water from a pitcher. The water that they use to fill the pitcher is questionable and you should only drink water from a can or bottle. Another option is to bring your own refillable water bottle (one with a filter, there are tons of brands out there) which you fill up once you are past security.

Bring your own food/snacks.
Even when airlines did provide meals for free they weren’t worth much. Most airplane food is of poor quality with little nutritional value. So bring your own. Trust me you will be far happier, and healthier for that matter. If you don’t want to pack a sandwich, bring portable snacks. Whatever you bring will be better than what you get on a plane.

Be cautious of UV Rays from sitting in the Window Seat.
I have written about this before, it is just something to take into consideration. I prefer to sit in the window seat, and I am not likely to change my seat type any time soon, but since you should be wearing sunscreen every day anyway and sunglasses too when it is bright out, why not make sure you are doing the same when you are sitting next to a window on the plane?

That’s it for my tips, how about you? Any of you road warriors have tips for making airplanes trips healthier?

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50 Comments

  1. Mark Wiens
    June 28, 2012

    Great tips Andi! Every time I’m on an airplane and hear someone coughing around me, I always try to hold my breath for as long as I can, probably this doesn’t really do much, but just my impulse move. I also drink lots of water from bottles and try to get up every hour or so (unless I’m asleep) and do a little stretching to get the blood circulating in my body.

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    1. Andi
      June 29, 2012

      @Mark, whether it helps or not, I hold my breathe too!

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  2. Sara Louise
    July 2, 2012

    I follow all of these and when I’m on an overnight flight, I always wash my face and apply hydrating moisturizer a little bit after take off. It helps me to feel much fresher at the end of the flight 🙂

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    1. Andi
      July 2, 2012

      @SaraLouise, that’s a good one too – thanks for adding it!

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  3. Erika
    July 17, 2012

    Thank you for the great tips! I know so many people who get sick on airplanes and haven’t traveled in awhile so this is great.

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  4. Krista
    July 18, 2012

    These are great tips. I love lavender-scented things, so I am going to check out the hand wipes. The fact that they’re biodegradable is a plus.

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  5. Hani
    July 19, 2012

    1. use bathroom in airport or at least very early in flight 2. for short flights just skip the bathroom part 3. don’t east salty food because you will drink a lot and … use the bathroom a lot… I just hate plane bathrooms!

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  6. Monja Blue
    July 22, 2012

    I wear slip on shoes so that I can remove them easily & walk about the plane in slippers.

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  7. Rachel Runyan
    July 23, 2012

    Great tips! I also suggest for long flights or international flights to have eye drops because your eyes just dry out more in an airplane.

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  8. Betsy Barnes
    July 24, 2012

    I love these tips. I really didn’t follow them when I traveled in my 20’s, but when I flew with my child, I was on top of it. Funny how things change when you’re a mom 🙂

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  9. Karen Hug-Nagy
    July 27, 2012

    Very good advice, I don’t travel often, but when I do, I’ll remember this.

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  10. Sarah L
    July 30, 2012

    I never thought about sunscreen for plane trips. I get the window seat whenever I can.

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  11. Athena
    November 18, 2012

    Great tips when going on an airplane. Ive only been on one time and I was only 3 years old and dont remember much, Im too afraid to go on planes nowadays so I tend to stick to driving in cars lol…

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  12. Kristina Sullins
    November 19, 2012

    Great tips. I like to bring cup of soup. Most airlines offer hot tea, so hot water for your cup of soup is no problem

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    1. Andi
      November 30, 2012

      @Kristina, I had not thought of that one, excellent tip!

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  13. Stacy
    November 23, 2012

    Those are great tips. I wouldn’t have thought about the trays, but it makes a lot of sense. I keep hand sanitizer in the diaper bag to keep all of our hands clean. But cleaning things like that is a great idea, and very useful for other places too! Thanks for sharing these tips.

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  14. Allicia
    November 23, 2012

    These are great tips. I haven’t traveled by plane in a number of years, but if I do again in the future I’ll keep these in mind.

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  15. Jennifer Chisholm
    November 24, 2012

    I ALWAYS take a small vial of peppermint essential oil and lavender essential oil in the case that I am near a child having a hard time on the flight. Usually one or the other or both will calm them right down and the parents are amazed. (ask the parents to apply it, I wouldn’t suggest you do it without their permission unless you want a scene 😉 )

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    1. Andi
      November 29, 2012

      @Jennifer, funny until you said that last I was envisioning how I could get away with sneaking it on the kid!

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  16. Francisca
    November 25, 2012

    I normally carry my own headphones and the adapter that works on planes.

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    1. Andi
      November 29, 2012

      @Francisca, me too!

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  17. Julie G.
    November 26, 2012

    I totally agree with you about the snacks. We’ve been doing this for years. The other plus with bringing your own snacks is that it is food that is familiar to you & won’t upset your stomach.

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    1. Andi
      November 29, 2012

      @Julie, and you know what’s in your snacks compared to whatever the planes have, which aren’t healthy!

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  18. Jerry
    November 26, 2012

    I’ve never thought about wiping down the fold down tray or the concern of UV rays when sitting in a window seat. I do prefer to take my own snacks and maybe grab a fresh salad or sandwich during layovers instead of eating the airline meals. Great tips!

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  19. Josie
    November 28, 2012

    really great tips! Thanks! I’ve also heard putting polysporin under your nose helps!

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    1. Andi
      November 29, 2012

      @Josie, I have never heard of that, I will have to look into it!

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  20. Mary Ann Dennis
    November 28, 2012

    Great tips. It’s so easy to catch something on an airplane and people sometimes need that friendly reminder. Germs are unfortunately everywhere!

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    1. Andi
      November 29, 2012

      @Mary Ann, as someone fighting a cold from a million people in my office who are sick – I hear ya!

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  21. Keri
    November 29, 2012

    Bring ear plugs, I will be sitting next you with two screaming toddlers.

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    1. Andi
      November 30, 2012

      @Keri, good one!

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  22. Jennifer Chisholm
    November 29, 2012

    In all reality.. putting some on your hands being nearby the child should be almost as effective 🙂 But I have thought of just doing it myself, more than once…..

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    1. Andi
      November 30, 2012

      @Jennifer, good alternative, they get the essence by osmosis!

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  23. Melissa
    November 29, 2012

    I don’t even want to think about what is on the tray tables on an airplane! Yuck! Great idea to bring a water bottle with a filter!

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  24. Sylvia
    November 29, 2012

    Great tips! I have a trip coming up soon to visit family. I didn’t realize some airlines use pitchers. I usually fly Southwest; their water is in a can like their sodas.

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    1. Andi
      November 30, 2012

      @Sylvia, stay healthy on your holiday travels!

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  25. kristy
    November 29, 2012

    I don’t fly often but these are excellent tips to remember

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  26. Deborah Hogue
    November 29, 2012

    All of these are great tips!! Something I will have to add to my list of things to do! Thanks for the advice!

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  27. meegan whitford
    January 27, 2013

    Thanks for the tips! I havent traveled in awhile but it never fails everytime I fly I pick up something.

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  28. Denise Darcel Shook
    January 30, 2013

    Thease are great tips!! I also have packed my own I belive their pillows and blankets are supposed to be washed but I don’t take any chances and we bring our own when we travel. Wiping down surfaces as you have said is important also.

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  29. Mikki Cross
    February 4, 2013

    Great tipa. I get motion sickness and dramamine doesn’t work all the time so I use those stretchable bracelets with the little button that goes on the bottom part of the wrist. I don’t know how they work but they do. I always have them in my carry-on.

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  30. Cindy B
    February 8, 2013

    Thanks for the tip about bring some wipes to sanitize my space! I can’t believe I didn’t think of that myself!

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    1. Andi
      February 10, 2013

      @Cindy, I now carry them everywhere I go, they are so convenient. I am always tempted to wipe down the ATM before I use it, but I don’t want to look like a crazy person!

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  31. Lisa R
    February 14, 2013

    I have never flown but i can totally relate to the germ thingy. I am a total germ freak. i hold my breathe too. I was at my daughters cheerleading tonight and this guy was coughing on the bleachers behind me. I had to come home and rewash my hair thinking he coughed all over it…LOL

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  32. laurie nykaza
    February 16, 2013

    I keep everything wiped down as well and really try not touch anything I don’t have to. I carry snack’s with me as well . Long delays without food or a bottle of water on hand would be awful. So I pack up when traveling and can put my headset with music on and relax.

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  33. Judith S.
    June 19, 2013

    All great travel tips, although I never thought about the UV rays from sitting next to a window. I will remember to add the sunscreen next time I fly. I also take my own travel pillow covered by a couple of extra small pillow cases. I remove the top one after we arrive at our destination, having a clean pillow and case to sleep with.

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  34. Summer bartlett
    June 20, 2013

    HAHA Germ tubes. That’s great. I am a germ freak and I die a little inside when I hear someone hacking up a lung on the plane.

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  35. Eileen Richter
    July 21, 2013

    I have not traveled a lot, so this post is especially important for our family who will be traveling for a wedding next spring. ALL of us… husband and I an 6 kids and my older ones with THEIR kids. I am looking for travel info from blogs on how to deal with little ones, travel safety, etc. I never really thought about how dirty and germy travel might be. I assumed the plane is cleaned after each use, but duh…I guess not! So appreciate this info…how fun would a family wedding be if ALL of us get some crazy virus and spend the week sick, esp,. the bride and groom. Also thinking about if most people on large family trips like this…I know air travel is considered WAY safer than by car, but wondering if the entire fam should travel on same flights? Am showing this post to my husband who travels a lot. I wonder how many germs he brings home to us while on work trips. (I call them “vacations” and he gets so mad at me. LOL!) He “gets” to travel to really warm locations a lot while we are stuck in the midwest.

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  36. Margaret Smith
    November 25, 2013

    These are such great tips. Never thought of uv rays from a window. Great tips.

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  37. sm
    November 25, 2013

    UV rays are everywhere, but no one believes me. I always try and wear sunscreen no matter what (near ANY window) but people think I’m crazy.. thanks for validating it!

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  38. Bryan E.
    December 15, 2013

    Sanitizing wipes / washing your hands frequently, and staying hydrated with water are the best defenses when traveling via commercial airlines, especially during cold & flu season !

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