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Old 01-16-2015, 11:20 AM
 
Location: Western NC
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Every time we travel to Europe, I end up with a head cold. It really ticks me off. I'm healthy for the first day or two then it's all snotty nose and kleenex and a slight fever. I still push on and enjoy my vacations but geez, it sure would be nice to be healthy for once when we travel!

The two months leading up to the trip I up my Vit C intake. I'm typically a healthy and fit person as it is and rarely get sick - except when traveling oversees. Does anyone have any successful methods to avoiding head colds when traveling?
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Old 01-16-2015, 11:32 AM
 
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Every time we travel to Europe, I end up with a head cold. It really ticks me off. I'm healthy for the first day or two then it's all snotty nose and kleenex and a slight fever. I still push on and enjoy my vacations but geez, it sure would be nice to be healthy for once when we travel!

The two months leading up to the trip I up my Vit C intake. I'm typically a healthy and fit person as it is and rarely get sick - except when traveling oversees. Does anyone have any successful methods to avoiding head colds when traveling?
Staying hydrated, washing your hands regularly and taking vitamins.
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Old 01-16-2015, 01:41 PM
 
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Staying hydrated, washing your hands regularly and taking vitamins.
Agreed. Planes are filthy so don't put anything near your eyes, lips or nose without either first washing your hands or wiping them with a sanitizer or something similar (I never use hand sanitizer...except when flying). I can assure you, those tray tables, chair fabric, and arm rests have not been properly cleaned between most flights!

I fly often and the way I stay healthy is acting like a germaphobe from the second I enter the airport to catch my flight until the second I can wash my hands and leave the airport when I arrive at my destination.
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Old 01-17-2015, 09:43 AM
 
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Wash your hands faithfully, every chance you get--even if it's only to rinse at a water fountain.

On the plane keep your face away from your hands, and any pillows or blankets provided by the carrier unless you are in first where everything is cleaned between each passenger and provided in a plastic wrap. Wash hands before eating always, especially on planes and trains. Use a paper towel to open the lav door and take it back to your seat with you to open the tray table.

Keep your sinuses and nose hydrated. Use a moisturizing nasal spray. Moist sinuses and nasal cavities keep germs at bay. Dry ones offer easy access to germs to get into your body.

If you need to touch your eyes, use a clean tissue over your fingers.

I agree with the poster above about hand sanitizer. I use it for three things only.

1. I am force to use a Portolet with no handwashing facilities
2. I am at a trade show and shaking hands with hundreds of people every day--I use sanitizer every half hour or so because I simply can't run to wash that often.
3. When I travel where I am in areas with a lot of "new" germs that my body might not have resistance to such as in foreign countries and on airplanes.
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Old 01-17-2015, 11:58 AM
 
Location: Seattle
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We take a small package of clorox wipes and wipe down the plane arm rests, tray table, seat belt buckle, headrest and anything else that's deemed touch-worthy. Some people roll their eyes, others have asked to use it when we're done.
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Old 01-17-2015, 12:09 PM
 
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Used to be the same for me. It's because of being in close contact with hundreds or thousands of people in confined spaces like trains, buses and subway stations. I noticed a drop in my frequency of falling ill when I began taking 8x the recommended dose of Vitamin C, every day of the trip. I know that the link between Vit. C and colds has not been proven but my anecdotal experience does suggest a link. The other important factor is sleep. Make sure you are well-rested every day.
My favorite is a raspberry-flavored Acerola cherry-based vitamin C pill, available in European pharmacies.
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Old 01-19-2015, 09:48 AM
 
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Drink plenty of water and wash your hands with soap and water as often as necessary!
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Old 01-19-2015, 10:27 AM
 
Location: Austin
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As others have said, hand washing is important. I also avoid late nights to ensure I'm well rested. So far, I've never had a problem with health issues.
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Old 01-19-2015, 05:57 PM
 
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I've actually found that Vitamin D positively affects my immune system much better than Vitamin C. But not just taking for a few days ... Longer term maintenance of Vitamin D levels has really helped me stay healthy.
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Old 01-20-2015, 01:32 PM
 
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I've actually found that Vitamin D positively affects my immune system much better than Vitamin C. But not just taking for a few days ... Longer term maintenance of Vitamin D levels has really helped me stay healthy.
There is a lot of medical literature that agrees with you! Vitamin D deficiency has been linked with increased susceptibility to colds and viruses (weakened immune system response). Funny enough, people gulp down Vitamin C but there is little scientific proof that it does anything for colds!
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