In recent years, airplanes have been exposed and their filth, revealed. I pride myself on my outstanding immune system; I rarely feel under the weather. To that end, I manage to fly the air without bringing a cold home.
After international flights, however, I’m not always so lucky. Let’s face it. With the small enclosed spaces on an aircraft, airplanes are germ infested and your likely to bring home an airplane cold after any given flight. Here’s some tips on how to be proactive and prevent catching a cold when you’re in the clouds.
Drink plenty of H2O. This really goes without saying.
Wear a face mask. One that covers both your nose and mouth. You may look like a hypochondriac, but
hey. That’s okay.
Wash your hands. After touching your seat belt, the overhead bin, the small table that folds out in front of you, the hand of the person you are sitting next to after your brief introduction to cut the awkwardness. Just sanitize. Trust me.
Don’t eat the ice. Ice that just sits around also collects bacteria. Coliform bacteria. Order a juice, soda or purchase a bottle of water preflight instead.
Bring a book. Or magazine. Or Kindle. Anything that will prevent you from flipping through the airline catalog and touching the seat pocket.
Thanks for reading!
“Travelers never think that they are foreigners.” Mason Cooley
Written by: Backpack Britt
Hello. I’m Brittany, and I like to travel. I enjoy sharing photos and telling stories about the places I’ve been and the experiences I’ve had. After graduating college, I backpacked Europe alone. Some would say I’m a bold traveler, but I feel like I’m just getting started. I tend to attract colorful situations, so I hope you enjoy what you read!
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Writer and Blogger Brittany Lucero studied both PR and Fine Art and graduated with honors at Reinhardt university. Upon completion of her certifications, and after saving funds earned from nanny and restaurant jobs, she took two months to travel Europe alone. Since then, Brittany has made her way to several countries, including Thailand, Iceland, Japan, and recently, Ireland. Through her experiences traveling, she discovered another passion of hers: whiskey-making. From the Bourbon Trail to Japan, she's explored this subject, and currently wears many hats in her role at a local, organic distillery in Chicago while still finding time to travel- of course.