Ah, summer. The season we’ve all been craving ever since, well, last summer. Warm weather, outdoor activities, and best of all, traveling. As the saying goes, “travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer!”
However, the downside can be that the potential for sharing of respiratory viruses, like those that cause the common cold may be heightened when traveling, given close proximity to other people and the stress that travel imposes on our bodies. Viruses, including the common cold, can spread easily in public places such as airports and tourism hubs, and it’s harder to take care of your body in a foreign place. Depending on where you go, you may encounter varying climates, a different diet, flying, driving, walking, changing sleeping schedules can cause wear and tear on your body.
To reduce your chances of a summertime sickness that may ruin your trip, consider some of these summer vacation travel hacks.
1. Take advantage of airport tech to avoid lines and stress
Technology today makes it so much easier to handle the hassles of air travel. Airline apps allow for mobile check-in and electronic boarding passes, alleviating the need to print out boarding passes. Apps for restaurants and coffee shops inside the airport make ordering on the go a breeze, so you don’t have to waste time waiting in line. Plus, car sharing apps such as Uber and Lyft make getting to and from the airport easy and enjoyable. Using technology to your advantage can alleviate the stress of your summer travels.
2. Know the weather, and swap out the chunky neck pillow for a scarf!
If your summertime travels are bringing you somewhere with low temperatures, you’ll need to pack an abundance of warm clothing. What with baggage and carry on prices constantly rising, any space-saving tip can come in handy. A simple travel hack is to wear a thick scarf instead of bringing along a neck pillow. You can still enjoy a nice nap on the plane while simultaneously bringing along a useful accessory. Then, wear your scarf at your destination to stay warm and keep your respiratory tract protected from the cold, dry air!
3. Your eye mask might just become your best friend
Sure, you may look a little silly wearing an eye mask while taking a nap on the airplane. But getting that little bit of extra shut-eye can help your body be rested and strong and in a better place to resist all those viruses crawling around the airport and airplane. Plus, it can come in handy during your trip if your hotel room faces the sun. Don’t have an eye mask? A pair of sunglasses can work too!
4. Pack an “in case of cold” bag with your go-to’s
As much as you can try to prevent catching a cold, the exposure to viruses combined with a decrease in sleep and a change in eating habits may cause your body to become susceptible to catching one. Always plan for the worst by bringing along an “in case of cold” bag! Include tissues, disinfecting wipes, travel-sized hand sanitizer, a couple of tea packets, ibuprofen, and Cold-EEZE. It might just end up salvaging your trip!
5. Don’t stress!
At the end of the day, your summer travels are an exciting experience that you’ll want to remember for the rest of your life. Try not to stress yourself out too much while traveling, which can make you more prone to catching illnesses. Make a list of your stress-handling tools, pack in advance, have your documents in order, keep everything organized, and evaluate the things you can just let go in the name of sanity. Most of all, have fun!