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Tips for Traveling During Cold and Flu Season

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Health Practices to Follow When Traveling


When you’re traveling, there’s nothing worse than feeling run down and being ill. Carrying your luggage with a cold can feel like a challenge and being stuck on a plane with the flu is not a pleasant experience for anyone. While cold and flu season is still upon us, we wanted to share some useful tips with you that can help you prevent picking up a cold while traveling.


  • Get a flu shot – Every frequent traveler knows that they should get the flu shot each season. If you haven’t got one yet, see your doctor or urgent care clinic for more information about it.
  • Use disinfectant – Get into the habit of washing your hands often. When running water and soap aren’t available, opt for hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes. Wipe down plane seats, tray tables, and hotel rooms with wipes, and sanitize your hands before eating or touching your face.
  • Pack a first aid kit – A small first aid kit can be useful when you’re in a bind. Carry a thermometer, Band-Aids, Tylenol, nose drops, anti-diarrheal pills, decongestants, antacid tablets, allergy pills, antibiotics, and anything else you think you may need.
  • Stay hydrated – It’s important to stay hydrated, especially during cold and flu season. Avoid drinking alcohol and caffeine, however, because these are diuretics that will dehydrate you. Instead, fill up on water and juice.
  • Rest – When possible, get at least eight hours of sleep every night. Although this can be difficult to obtain while traveling, lack of sleep can weaken your immune system, making you more susceptible to catching a cold. If you feel under the weather, rest and stay home if possible.


Please take note of this information and avoid traveling if you have a cold or the flu. At Hoffman Brown Company, we’re always on the lookout for ways to stay safe. Contact us if you have any concerns or questions