#WellnessWednesday: 5 Ways to Avoid Travel Sickness and Jet lag

With all of the traveling currently going on, whether it be to your favorite music festival or Miami Beach for Spring Break, it is important to remain healthy. Traveling can be loads of fun, but also exhausting and take a toll on your ever working immune system. Here are five ways to keep any sicknesses and the dreaded jet lag from ruining your fun in the sun:

Relax your schedule – Knowing how to prepare for a long-haul flight can mean you start your trip feeling refreshed, rather than fatigued. If you’re someone with a rigid schedule at home, try to relax that schedule during the days before your flight. Having a rigid routine of eating and sleeping will make it harder to adjust to new time zones. If you’re flexible about such arrangements, you’ll start your trip abroad with a major advantage.

On the plane: Be a germaphobe – Many people think they come down with the flu after flying because they inhale stale, contaminated air. However, the CDC found that in most newer-model planes, as much as 50 percent of cabin air passes through multiple filters, which capture 99.9 percent of particles, 20 to 30 times per hour. The problem has more to do with the armrests, tray tables, and everything else passengers touch, where germs can live for up to a week, according to Auburn University researchers. Swipe a disinfectant wipe over your tray table and armrests before eating or touching your face, wash your hands or use a hand sanitizer containing at least 60 percent alcohol.

Try to avoid arriving at night – If possible, opt for a flight which arrives in daylight. This will make it easier to stay awake – you’ll be much more tempted to get out and explore if the sun’s shining and you’ve got a full day ahead of you.

Pack your vitamins – To avoid getting sick, it’s crucial that you pack your vitamins so that you can take them daily and keep your immune system strong in a new environment. Staying in places that your body isn’t used to (especially out of the country) can cause you to get sick if you aren’t careful and aware.

Stay hydrated – Drink at least 8 ounces of water for every hour you’re in the air – even if you don’t feel thirsty. If you wear contact lenses, clean them thoroughly before your flight, use eye drops in the air, and consider removing your lenses if you nap. In your carry-on pack a bottle of moisturizing lotion, lip balm, and a hydrating spray with essential oils (not just water) to spritz your face with occasionally. Just be sure all toiletries are TSA compliant!

We, at Vashtie.com, hope that you enjoy your trip(s) and have safe travels! #turnup 😜



KHEEEZUS, also known as Khalia Iris or LiiaFamouszx (on Myspace) is a 23-year-old DJ and content creator from Brooklyn, NY. Khalia is a proud Howard University Alumna and lover of all things Hip-Hop. She likes to dabble in fashion too from time to time ;-) Check her out: http://soundcloud.com/kheeezus | IG + Twitter: @Kheeezus

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