When you’re on the road, it’s always a challenge to stay healthy. With recycled airplane air and fellow passengers sneezing and coughing all around, you just know you’re going to end up [img_assist|nid=317|title=|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=100|height=74]catching something. Here are some inexpensive tips to staying healthy while traveling.

Plan ahead. While the jury is still out on whether vitamin C actually prevents colds, it certainly can’t hurt. Having an extra glass of orange juice or taking a vitamin C supplement is a cheap and effective way to boost your immune system. Also, taking a daily multi-vitamin can ensure that you are getting the proper vitamins and minerals.

Before you board a plane, apply a dab of Neosporin around the inside of each nostril – it will kill any germs you might breathe in on the plane.

Pack smart. Bring hand sanitizer or wipes, as well as sanitizing wipes or spray, in your carry-on bags, and use them. On the bus, plane or train, wipe down the tray table with a sanitizing wipe before you use it – they are notorious germ collectors and very infrequently get cleaned. Once you reach your destination, be sure to give some of the high-traffic areas of your hotel room a good wipe as well – door knobs, the telephone, and remote controls are all notorious germ collectors and are rarely cleaned.

Eat right. It’s hard to do while traveling, but ensuring that you’re getting enough fruits and vegetables can help keep your immune system strong. Strive for up to nine servings per day. Be sure to stay hydrated as well-carry a refillable bottle of water or purchase water and drink up.

Rest. Be sure to get enough sleep each night. Don’t drink alcohol too close to bedtime; it will actually make you sleep less soundly so you won’t be as rested in the morning. Try warm tea or milk at bed time, or a warm bath to soothe and relax yourself into a relaxed state.

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