How Do You Stay Healthy When Traveling?

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This past weekend I had a really interesting conversation with one of my travel writer friends (who jetsets the globe more than almost anyone I know) about staying healthy when traveling. He swore by using a Neti pot to relieve sinus congestion, which helps him avoid colds when traveling. I laughed at the notion, but upon returning to NYC late Sunday night, a mixture of allergies and fatigue promptly smacked me with one of the worst sinus colds I’ve ever had.

Which leads me to ask all of you: what do you do to stay healthy when traveling?

I like to think I’m somewhat ahead of the pack – I drink lots of water, I try to sleep on a regular schedule, I wash my hands (especially in airline bathrooms) and I try to eat healthy. But what else should I be doing? Do Airborne or Emergen-C even work?

I’m not a germophobe, so I don’t crazily disinfect my seating area like I see some people doing, but I am grossed out enough by airplane restrooms that I always wear shoes – even in the middle of the night when I’m in a sleeping pill haze. Admittedly, I will use those dirty airline pillows from time to time (especially the big comfy Delta BusinessElite pillows and duvets), so I may be making a mistake there. Honestly, I’m often exhausted while on a plane so comfort usually trumps all.

Your secrets are much appreciated, because I have a ton of long-haul travel coming up this summer (more on that later) and I can’t afford to be sick for any of it!

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