If you are relocating to a foreign land then you will probably be flying there. Ebola might be a serious threat in Liberia at the moment which is thousands of miles away from where you might be moving to, but anyone that has seen the movie Contagion will know what can happen…….
If you are moving from, say New York to London then the risk of getting Ebola or any other nasty’s are limited but even then, do you know who was sitting in your seat on the last flight, where has your plane been in the last week and what about the person sitting next to you?
I am by no means a germaphobe but I don’t like to think of what’s been soaked into my seat or dropped on my tray table and I am definitely not a fan of the re circulating air that wafts around the cabin with all its germs and smells.
Here are 12 Tips on a Healthy Flight and Germ Free arrival in your new country when moving overseas.
1/ Only accept a Blanket that is still wrapped in plastic on the plane.
2/ To avoid catching colds and flu on a plane, just drink more water. It will keep the mucous membranes in your nose moist and better able to avoid infection from the various viruses and bacteria.
3/ Of course drinking water means you’ll have to get up and use the toilet midflight. While you’re there, wash your hands and face with soap and warm water. When you don’t have soap and water nearby, use alcohol-base hand gel or disposable wipes. You’ll wipe out a billion or so bacteria. Our immune system does a good job of fighting off germs. But it’s the huge loads that build up on our hands and faces that eventually succeed in overwhelming our immune systems.
4/ Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.
5/ Don’t share things like towels, lipstick, toys, food, utensils, beverage containers or anything else that might be contaminated with respiratory germs.
6/ Clean your ‘shared spaces’. Wipe handles and buttons before you touch them to reduce the spread of germs. Be careful of other shared items such as phones, keyboards, check in screens, and card readers, equipment or any items touched by several people during the day.
7/ Get enough sleep. During sleep, your body’s immune system goes into high gear to protect you from illness. Lack of sleep can reduce immune functioning making you susceptible to sickness.
8/ Stay hydrated. In the fall and winter, it is easy to overlook your thirst and get dehydrated. Make sure you drink plenty of water. An average person should be drinking at least 8 x 8ounce cups of water or liquids per day.
9/ Continue a moderate exercise program. Try to maintain a 3-4 day a week exercise routine. Consistency is key.
10/ Eat healthily. A good rule is to eat 10-15 calories per pound of “desired body weight.” If your ideal weight is 170 lbs, then consume 1700-2550 calories a day (1700 for sedentary individuals and 2550 for extremely active types.)
11/ Limit alcohol intake. 🙁
Have you ever seen those people walk into a toilet in barefoot? Ugghhh why do they do that? I suggest if one of these idiots is sitting next to you on the plane ignore all the above and drink as many of those little plastic bottles of booze as you can, fall into an unconscious sleep and wake up upon landing and pretend it was all a dream!
As they say upon departure at Punta Cana airport in Dominican Republic…..”Happy Fly”
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