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How to Stay Healthy During Holiday Travel Season

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Healthy holiday travel tips you need!

How familiar is this scenario? You’re stressed and exhausted after standing in long lines and traveling for hours to see family for the holidays, when the person sitting next to you suddenly starts sneezing and blowing their nose at an alarming rate. Oh no, you think, I can’t afford to get sick right now!

While the common cold and seasonal flu can be difficult to avoid when you’re spending long stretches of time around big crowds (or in confined spaces), there are steps you can take to help boost your immune system before, during, and after holiday travel.

Wash Your Hands

It sounds simple, and you may feel odd washing your hands multiple times during a long plane or train ride, but this is one of the best — and easiest — ways to ward off germs.

Stay Hydrated

You know you should drink plenty of fluids when you’re actually sick, but staying properly hydrated before you catch a cold or the flu is essential for a healthy immune system.

Take Action at the First Signs of Illness

As soon as you start to feel the beginnings of a sore throat or the sniffles, be proactive in treating the symptoms, especially if you’re traveling. If you have access to a single serve brewing machine, help ease severe symptoms with Theraflu PowerPods. Instantly brew up powerful medicine to quickly relieve symptoms like nasal congestion, cough, body aches, fever, and sore throat pain in the form of a warming, soothing drink. Theraflu’s Multi-Symptom Severe Cold Hot Liquid Powder is another great option -- just combine the powder with hot water to get quick, comforting relief from even the worst cold and flu symptoms.

Make Sleep a Priority

Sleep is one of the best ways to keep your immune system in tip-top shape, which is why making sleep a priority during stressful periods can do wonders for your health! Going to bed a little earlier than usual, and doing your best to limit screen time late at night, are two great ways to prioritize quality shuteye.

Eat For Vitamins

There’s the temptation to just grab convenient packaged foods during holiday travel, but when you make a conscious choice to eat for vitamins (i.e quality, healthy meals that include lots of fruits and vegetables), you’re nourishing your immune system and helping it stay strong in the face of germs.

Don’t Stress

Holiday travel can sometimes turn even the most easygoing person into a ball of stress, but the more you can calm yourself and breathe through tough moments, the less run-down you’ll feel at the end of the day.

While big crowds and congested spaces are often an unavoidable part of the holiday travel season, with a little bit of preparation, you won’t have to sacrifice your health to deal with them!