Traveling for the Holidays Summary
• Get plenty of sleep to give your immune system a boost.
• Stay hydrated with water and avoid sugary drinks.
• Eat healthy snacks like fruits and vegetables, whole grain crackers, and nuts instead of candy and cookies.
• Wash hands often with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
• Avoid touching your face to keep germs away.
With all the travel and socializing that comes with the season, it’s important to take steps to protect your health.
Number one, this might seem obvious, but getting plenty of sleep is important. Nonetheless, when you’re well rested, your immune system is better able to fight off infection if you can try to get some extra rest on the plane or in the car.
Number two, staying hydrated is key to maintaining your health, especially when you’re traveling. Drink lots of water and avoid sugary drinks like sodas and juices. If you’re flying, consider bringing an empty water bottle through security so you can fill it up once you’re through the checkpoint.
Number three, eating healthy foods will help boost your immune system and keep you feeling your best. Pack snacks like fruits and vegetables, whole grain crackers, nuts instead of candy and cookies.
Number four, washing your hands is one of the best ways to prevent getting sick, so make sure you wash them often, especially before eating or after using the restroom. If soap and water aren’t available, use an alcohol based hand sanitizer.
Number five, avoid touching your face as it can transfer bacteria and viruses from your hands to your nose or mouth where they can enter your body and make you sick. Enjoy the holidays, stay healthy.
I’m Dr. David Long, that was the long story short.