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Keeping Healthy While Flying

Advice for travelers who want to stay healthy on those long, cramped airplane flights.

Plan Your Plane Trip Before You Board

The best time to think about tackling that plane is well before boarding, when one can attend to details about remedies and food and water to bring. "We need to know how we're managing our lives and not creating chaos," says Steelsmith. Killing oneself to catch a plane by cutting a schedule impossibly close is not worth it, if it means that one's resulting physical and mental state is not strong enough to resist the microbial and other challenges of the airplane ride itself.

"Use foresight to plan ahead," advises Steelsmith. That - and a couple of liters of water - can ensure that passengers arrive at their destination in a healthy enough state to enjoy their vacations.

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