Whether you’re traveling for work, vacation or during the holidays, it’s important to stay healthy. Getting sick or feeling under the weather when you’re away from home is no fun at all! The good news is, with a little extra thought, you can arm yourself with the tools and knowledge you need to protect yourself and your health when you travel.
One thing almost all hotels –whether they a motor lodge or a 5 star hotel — seem to have in common is that each room has housed hundreds or thousands of guests – and with that many guests, your likelihood of exposure to a host of germs, bacteria, allergens, and other contaminants increases.
In your average hotel mattress, you can find skin cells (humans shed about 1.5 million cells or cell clusters per hour they sleep), human hair, bodily secretions, fungi, bacteria, dust, dust mites, lint, insect parts, pollen, cosmetics … and more.
“Unless a hotel has impervious covers on their mattresses and pillows, they’re contributing to allergies and exacerbating them,” said Philip Tierno, Director of clinical microbiology and immunology at New York University, and author of The Secret Life of Germs. “Even if you don’t have allergies now, you can develop them over time. You don’t need to be breathing in this garbage from mattresses and pillows,” he told The Chicago Tribune.
Vollara Tip: You might consider investing in a small, lightweight air purifier like the FreshAir Mobile or FreshAir Focus which can help diffuse stale, lingering odors. Bringing along your own pillow (complete with dust-mite proof case!) can ease your worries as well.
According to The New York Times, Charles P. Gerba, a professor of environmental microbiology at the University of Arizona, swabbed airplane bathrooms and tray tables on eight flights to see what contaminants he could find. Four out of six tray tables tested positive for the superbug methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), and norovirus, the highly contagious group of viruses that can cause severe flu-like symptoms, was found on one tray. Most of the bathrooms he swabbed had E. coli bacteria. 30% of sinks, toilet handles and faucet handles had E. coli, as did 20% of toilet seats.
Vollara Tip: Carrying individually wrapped sanitation wipes or a small bottle of hand sanitizer can help keep your hands germ-free. As for the air circulating around your person, traveling with a FreshAir Personal can be a great idea. It creates an almost particle-free zone around the wearer by generating high intensity ion streams that add charges to nearby airborne particles. These charged particles then repel each other and adhere to surfaces out of your breathing zone.
According to EverydayHealth.com, some of the common health problems that affect airplane passengers are often the result of a lack of humidity in the cabin air, which can lead to dehydration. The air inside the cabin of a plane usually has a humidity level of 10-20% — much lower than a comfortable typical indoor humidity of 30-65%. So it’s really important to take measures to keep yourself hydrated while you’re on a plane.
Vollara Tip: Drink plenty of water days before you’re set to travel so your hydration levels are optimal. Forgo alcohol or sugary soda during the flight and continue to drink water throughout your flight. If you’re traveling by car, we love the H2Fuel Performance Hydration Bottle. If you can take a few canisters of water with you, fill up a few reusable bottles of LivingWater! Packing a good moisturizer for your hands and face can also help hydrate and plump up skin that’s a little dull from jet lag!
Did you know? Airline passengers are 20% more likely to catch the common cold. Infectious bacteria and viruses that circulate within an airplane cabin can attack an already-weakened immune system. A study in the Journal of Environmental Health Research found that colds may be more than 100 times more likely to be transmitted on a plane than during normal daily life on the ground. Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is required for the growth and repair of tissues in all parts of the body.
Vollara Tip: We love our supplement Re:Gain, which has 125% DV of Vitamin C. Re:Gain provides nutritional support that your body can use to function at its best. Re:Sist helps your body regulate and balance immune responses, and boosts natural killer (NK) cell activity by 40%.