Keeping healthy while travelling

Keeping healthy while travelling

We have been travelling recently - on long international flights.  The last thing you want is to arrive at your destination only to get sick - or for that matter arrive home and get sick.  Planes and airports are notorious breeding grounds for germs.  Confined spaces seeing many people passing through and not regularly wiped down to remove germs.

So how do you avoid catching things while in transit?  We chatted recently to a doctor who explained to us how best to keep healthy on the road.

Contrary to what you'd think, the plane's air conditioning system is actually designed to filter germs very effectively. So the person sitting behind coughing and spluttering is not likely to pass it on.  Where you can pick up contagious bugs is through the things you touch. The toilet door, the tray table, the buttons on the armrest.  

The single best way to avoid anything is to regularly spray your hands with an effective Hand Sanitiser - and definitely spraying them prior to eating.

We usually carry two Bondi Wash Hand Sprays when we travel (two in case we lose one).  These Hand Sprays meet the independent lab test standard 'kills 99.99% of germs' yet are low in alcohol and contain vitamin E and aloe vera to soften the skin. It is thanks to the anti-bacterial Australian bush oils that they meet this standard.  Most natural hand sanitisers contain 60%+ alcohol, and the non-natural ones also contain nasty chemicals which dry out the skin and are not ideal for you or the environment. The Tasmanian Pepper & Lavender scent also relaxes and calms you while travelling. Be prepare to share though as you may find you'll get people asking what the scent is.

Other tips from Belinda our Founder include plenty of sleep, taking melatonin for jetlag (Solgar make the best but can be hard to find) and taking vitamin C and Bioceuticals Arma Force when the throat gets tickly or you feel something coming on.