You know this guy. The one who has a bucket of used tissues stuffed everywhere and is coughing up such a storm that you are certain his meager hand can't really contain all the germs he's outputting. Stay far away, keep your hands in your pockets and avoid at all costs.
2. Avoid Carbonated Beverages. Opt for Coffee, Tea or Water.
It's important to stay hydrated while traveling, but I also choose to avoid the gas filled carbonated beverages. I try as hard as possible to stick to coffee, tea and water throughout the entire trip. Drinking the night before a flight is also not recommended.
3. Avoid Sugar.
Sugar filled snacks offer little in the form of nutrition, and nutrition is the number one focus while I'm traveling. Usually snacks are the prime sugar suspect; I've narrowed down my snack list to include the following:
- Nuts - Pistachios, Almonds and Cashews
- Fruits - Apples and Bananas
- String Cheese
- Yogurt + Granola
- Journey Bars
- Pretzels and Whole Grain Cereal
4. Use a Hydrating Spray
As while most frequent travellers, the air on the plane and the change in climate always seems to dry out my skin, making life rather uncomfortable. A simple rose water hydrating spray helps to keep my skin hydrated and even helps open up my nasal passages. I like the Mario Badescu Hydrating Spray.
5. Plane Stretches
I started doing plane stretches when I would get restless on the airplane, and now I've just incorporated it into my routine. Just a few simple little stretches and movements before I settle in to read, work or have a cup of tea.
Everyone always says to exercise while you are travelling. If you have the ability to follow this rule, well, more power to you. I simply cannot seem to find the motivation to work it into my routine. Instead, I always treat myself to a morning coffee...at a coffee shop at least a mile away.
7. Eat a Protein Packed Pre-Flight Meal
I read this tip in a magazine a few years ago, and I've stuck by it ever since. Typically my flights are in the morning, which rules out a nice grilled chicken and wild rice meal. Instead I will have a hard boiled egg, turkey sausage and a cup of yogurt with granola.
Unless you are a very special traveller, your shoes are coming off to pass through airport security. I see so many people who go through the line and the scanner without socks. Do yourself a favor, and pack a pair of socks in your carry-on or wear no-show socks with your heels or flats.
9. Keep Out of Seat-Back Pockets
Seriously, you don't know what has been in those things. And I'm sure the little germ-packed pockets are hard to clean. Keep magazines, books and water bottles in your lap or in your carry on.