The Holidays are here, and while we were bestowed the gift of quarantine last year, this season feels like we have returned to normal. Not so fast. The pandemic is still an ongoing health crisis across the world. Even with the rise of a new variant and Covid restrictions in place, it’s not stopping travelers from heading to the airport! According to the American Automobile Association, some 4.2 million people are expected to fly for the Thanksgiving holiday, nearly twice as many as last year.
With crowded airports and packed airplanes, it is nearly impossible to keep a healthy distance from fellow travelers. This time of year it’s all about spreading holiday joy, but we have to still be safe and healthy out there and not spread those holiday germs. Just like Santa makes a list, we put together a list of our own on how you can stay healthy if you’re going to be flying the skies this holiday season, whether you are crew working the flights or a passenger. **And as flight attendants ourselves, we ask you to please wear your mask! It is still a federal mandate!!
- Make your own “Healthy Travel Kit” using a reusable bag like Stasher! Fill it with sanitzing products such as wipes, sprays, and extra masks in case yours breaks or you need a clean one.
2. Prioritize your health not just on the plane, but off the plane. Get in exercise. Get your steps in walking around the airport terminal. Hit the gym before your flight, or take some time to move after your flight. Exercising or getting in movement improves your circulation, especially if you’re going to be sitting for a while at the airport or on the plane. With the change in weather and the impending winter storms, delays will happen this winter season. you might spend more time sitting around, waiting on a flight than you planned, so get up and move!
3. Eat Healthy. We always stress this even if it’s not the holiday season. We know during this time of year there is a plethora of delicious sweets, treats and cocktails to go around which can wreak havoc on your diet. As we preach though, it’s about balance. Have the sweets, sip the cocktails, but don’t go overboard. Fuel your body with nutrient dense foods especially before your flight. Drinking too much alcohol can dehydrate you, which brings us to our next tip!
4. Stay hydrated. Especially if you are going to be trying all those holiday cocktails – and hey we don’t blame you!! A tip we follow is to drink water in between alcoholic beverages to keep hydrated and avoid the dreaded holiday hangover (we’d rather have coal in our stocking). Drinking plenty of fluids will help your body to fend off germs and fight off viruses. Our immune system is very dependent on the nutrients in our blood stream, and our blood stream is made up of mostly, you guessed it – H2O!
5. Pop some pills! No, not those kind of pills, but your vitamins. Some vitamins that are great to have on hand for the winter season are Zinc, vitamin C, B6 and vitamin D. Vitamin C and Zinc help boost your immune system and work to help prevent the common cold. B6 helps to regulate energy levels, reduce fatigue and plays a key role in boosting your mood. With the winter blues this time of year, it’s easy to fall into a depression with the shorter days of sunlight. Vitamin D is also an essential vitamin we usually can get from the sun, but again with less sunlight during the winter (or if you live in an area with little sunshine), it’s easier to lack this essential vitamin. Vitamin D supplements help maintain healthy bones, teeth and muscles! Don’t like taking supplements? You can also get vitamin D from a healthy diet!! Fish, salmon, and egg yolk are all examples of food with vitamin D!
6. Keep stress to a minimum. Travel can be stressful enough with making sure you’ve packed everything you need, getting your itinerary together, checking times you need to be at the airport, not to mention now adding in a covid test if needed! Create a plan for yourself or a check list to cross things off as you go. Sometimes when we try and cram everything in lat minute, that can lead to stressing ourselves out. We like to make lists of things we need to do, or “packing lists” of outfits/toiletries/items we want to pack before we travel – no one wants to pack stress!
7. And as always make sure you’re getting enough sleep and taking the time to do things you love. We want to spend time with our family, friends or travel and see the sites! You can do it all, but make sure you take the time to rest! You don’t want to work yourself into exhaustion and not be able to enjoy this season! Take the time to live in the present moment, and enjoy life! Soak in the holiday spirit and remember the things that bring you joy! Feeling good is apart of a healthy routine as well!
We hope these tips help you have a healthy and happy holiday season when you are traveling! For more tips on how to stay healthy in general or prevent the common cold when traveling, check out our book “Fit for Flight” on Amazon.
If you have any tips you like to do to stay healthy while you travel, leave us a comment or send us an email! We love to hear from you! Be safe and Go Live. Stay Fit!