I Fly 200 Hours a Year and Never Get Sick—These Products Are the Key
Travelling can take a real toll on your body and health. After all, sharing a pressurised cabin with strangers for hours on end means germs are rife, communal bathrooms can be hotbeds for bacteria, and jet lag can mess with your circadian rhythm, which compromises your immune system. It's little wonder why so many people get sick after travelling.
I've certainly had my fair share of post-travel coughs and colds, but after spending about 203 hours on aeroplanes last year, I think I've cracked the code to staying healthy midair. I'm not a doctor or nutrition expert; I'm just a travel editor who flies a lot for work and regularly experiments with the latest vitamins, beauty products, and travel gadgets. After spending hours in the air, I've finally got my routine down pat. Here's what I use every time I travel.
Byredo Hand Sanitiser, Vetyver ($43)
Thinking about the germs on planes is enough to make you sick. Microbiologists hired by Travelmath found that seat-back trays harbour an average of 2155 colony-forming units (CFU) per square inch. I use hand sanitiser before and after eating on planes, and this mini product from Byredo makes the basic task feel a bit more luxe.
Dry cabin air and salty plane food can lead to dehydration mid-flight. According to Yasmin Badiani, physiotherapist and head of Phizz Sport, people lose as much as half a gallon of bodily water on the average 10-hour flight. The bottom line: Stay hydrated. Even though it's cumbersome, I always pack a S'well water bottle on long flights so I don't have to rely on flight attendants to refill my glass.
One of the first signs of dehydration is a dry mouth and lips, so I keep Lano's 101 Superbalm on hand. It's really dense and made from lanolin, which closely resembles your own skin oils.
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