5 Ways to Prevent Getting a Cold from Flying

A high percentage of travellers will swear that they often or always fall sick or get a cold after a vacation or trip. Some wonder whether it’s from water, food, Pina Coladas, or just the aeroplane ride itself.


While I don’t think you can count on those sandwiches you ate, it turns out that you could be getting sick after every flight. Studies have shown that airlines are formidable carriers of sickness and germs.

But, not to worry. Let us look at some of the ways we can prevent ourselves and our families from getting the cold or flu from flying.


Stay Hydrated

Staying hydrated not only counters the overall dehydrating effects that lead to cramps, headaches, and fatigue; it also fortifies your immune mechanisms to function better. This is true in normal daily life, while exercising, and when exposed to the sun.

It is recommended to sip water regularly throughout the flight as opposed to drinking lots of it in one go. Nasal mists have also been proved to go a long way in keeping this system working in your nose. You can alternate with hot drinks, such as lemon tea and coffee, to keep you hydrated.


Keep Your Hands Clean

Your hands are always the first contact of flu, colds, and other germs on planes. It is a direct link from seatback or armrest, fingers to fork, fork to mouth, then to a full-blown cold and fever a few days later.

Take note of the dirtiest surfaces on planes, which include seatbelt buckles, tray tables, lavatory flush buttons, and overhead air vents. Fortunately enough, the simple act of washing your hands with hot water and soap will go a long way in ensuring you stay free from these germs. Always wash your hands before any in-flight meals and after your flight, too.

Always Carry Your Dental Hygiene Toiletries

Just like keeping your hands clean prevents the transmitting of germs, likewise, your germ-killing mouthwash might add another layer of protection and keep your throat moist, as well. As a tip, ensure your mouthwash bottle is at least three ounces or smaller to comply with the airport rules for gels and liquids on planes.

Remember Your Vitamins

The vitamin response is unproven, but many travellers do attest to how effective they are. Some travellers usually take them two to three days before they travel, and others take them that very day or after reaching their destination. Whereas many medical practitioners have not found any conclusive data as to whether large doses of vitamin C prevent colds, it may reduce the severity of symptoms associated with a cold or flu.

Prevent Airborne Germs

As you may all know, airborne germs are some of the top sources of colds and virus infections. No wonder some travellers will opt to put on face masks either to prevent themselves from infection or when they are already infected.

If you can’t stand wearing a mask, then opt for a window seat. Wherever you choose to sit, remember to use your overhead air vent to steer germs away.


There is a common proverb, “an ounce of prevention may be worth a pound of cure,” (or perhaps 1000 cures), especially when it comes to getting the flu or a cold after flying.

To protect yourself from germs and bad health, follow these tips for your next journey by flight.