Avoid Dry Throat & Cold Symptoms Post-Flight - 13 Tips

We’ve all had the experience of excitedly boarding a plane and then, hours later, emerging with a cough, sore throat, and lingering cold symptoms. Was it the long flight itself that got you sick? More importantly, what steps can you take to avoid developing a dry throat and flu-like symptoms, and getting sick while on a plane? 

Yes, Planes Can Get You Sick

Most people associate recycled cabin air as the reason for catching a cold or dry throat after flying, but that is actually not true. Commercial airplanes have advanced filtration systems, and the real culprit for getting you sick is the close proximity for extended time periods with people and the germs they carry.

However, just because the air is “clean” doesn’t mean flying can’t get you sick. In fact, planes are a perfect environment for spreading nasty illnesses. Research shows that some germs can survive up to seven days on planes! 

On top of the germ issue, reduced humidity, and oxygen from being at higher altitude can cause dehydration, a dry throat after the plane ride, and cold symptoms after flying. So, if you are wondering how to not get sick while on a plane, you are in the right spot. Let’s review 13 steps you can take to minimize your risk of developing a sore throat and cold while journeying on a long flight.

What to Bring on the Plane & How to Use Them to Avoid Sickness

Anti-bacterial wipes

Despite increased airline cleaning protocols, there are likely still germs on your seat, seatbelt, tray table, armrests, overhead lights, or any other part of the airplane that you or other travelers might touch. Packing anti-bacterial wipes for your flight is one of the best ways to avoid getting sick on a plane. Not only can you wipe off your hands after touching surfaces, such as the ever so popular entertainment screens, but you can also wipe down all surfaces around you immediately after getting to your seat.

Immune spray 

Boosting your immune system with natural supplements pre- and post-flight is a surefire way to arm yourself with the best defense possible while flying. Immune Spray by Botanika Life contains Vitamin C and Zinc, powerful supplements that can help boost your immune system while you fly. Vitamin C increases the production of white blood cells, warding off infection while Zinc helps keep your immune system strong and assists in fighting off infection. Plus, bonus, the spray will feel amazing on your sore throat during your long flight.  

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Saline solution

The air in planes dries out your nasal mucous membranes causing in increased chance of catching a cold and other illnesses. Using a saline nasal saline spray before and after your flight keeps these membranes moist, giving you a better chance for avoiding cold symptoms after flying. 

Plenty of fluids to drink

Water makes up about 60% of the human body, so it’s no surprise that staying hydrated significantly improves your ability to combat sore throats and cold symptoms after flying. Drinking enough fluids will help your body naturally fight off illness, keeping the mucous membranes in your throat and nasal passengers from drying out. This decreases your chance of having a dry throat and cold symptoms after your trip. Try to drink at least eight ounces of water per every one hour of flight time to help keep your body at the best germ-fighting capacity.

 

With powerful organic botanicals, the Jet Life Pack will help guard your immune system while you are traveling in close quarters, helping you avoid getting sick when flying. 

Saline solution

The air in planes dries out your nasal mucous membranes causing in increased chance of catching a cold and other illnesses. Using a saline nasal saline spray before and after your flight keeps these membranes moist, giving you a better chance for avoiding cold symptoms after flying. 

Plenty of fluids to drink

Water makes up about 60% of the human body, so it’s no surprise that staying hydrated significantly improves your ability to combat illnesses and avoid cold symptoms after flying. Drinking enough fluids will help your body naturally fight off illness, keeping the mucous membranes in your throat and nasal passengers from drying out. This decreases your chance of having a dry throat and cold symptoms after your trip. Try to drink at least eight ounces of water per every one hour of flight time to help keep your body at the best germ-fighting capacity. 

Multiple layers to wear in case you get cold

Staying warm on an airplane really comes down to planning ahead. Dressing in multiple layers allows you to stay warm once you hit high altitude while still being comfortable during the rest of your journey. The optimal temperature for an airplane cabin is around 75 degrees Fahrenheit, but it almost always fluctuates depending on where you are sitting. Keeping a warmer body temperature may help fight common cold viruses by assisting your immune function. 

Face mask

When flying, a face mask can significantly reduce the risk of developing a sore throat, flu-like symptoms, and general sickness by acting as a barrier against airborne pathogens and respiratory droplets. By covering the nose and mouth, masks help prevent the inhalation or transmission of viruses and bacteria.

Additional Tips for Handling the Plane’s Low Humidity and Avoid Getting Sick 

Gargle with warm salt water before or after the flight

The mucous membranes in our nose and throat protect you from germs and illnesses on a daily basis. When dehydration occurs while traveling, causing your throat and nose to dry out, you are much more likely to get sick from flying. Gargling with 8 ounces of warm water combined with 1/4 to 1/2 tsp of table salt before or after your flight can help keep everything hydrated and soothe your sore, dry throat. 

Frequently wash your hands

One of the best ways to stay germ-free and cold-free while flying is to wash your hands regularly and properly. This is especially important before eating and when you feel the need to touch your face. Lather up your hands with warm soap and water, scrubbing for at least 20 seconds, then rinse, and dry with a clean paper towel. 

Avoid alcohol

Avoiding alcohol is an ideal way to combat dehydration and keep your immunity high, helping you steer clear of getting sick while on the plane. Alcohol causes dehydrationbecause it is a diuretic, meaning it increases the excretion of water from the body. The combination of lower levels of oxygen and alcohol intake cause your liver to work harder than normal to process toxins (aka alcohol) from your system. This may not seem like a big ideal, but this process causes stress to your immune system which can increase your risks of getting sick from flying. 

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Opt for glasses rather than contacts 

Flying with contacts can dry out your eyes due to the air pressure  and altitude in an airplane. If you are planning to take an in-flight nap, this will only add to the discomfort and possible risks associated with flying while wearing contacts. Sleeping with contacts in cuts off oxygen to your eyes and can damage your cornea. In addition to the logistical reasons for wearing glasses, it is less likely that you will need to touch your eyes due to irritation if you are wearing glasses. 

Pick a window seat

Choosing your airline seat isn’t just about preference. It turns out that window seats are actually the safest option for not getting sick while on a plane. Window seats experience less foot traffic than aisle or middle seats, avoiding the constant movement of passengers and flight attendants passing you by. The more people you are in close proximity to while flying, the more germs are headed your way. To reduce your chances of developing a sore throat and cold symptoms, stick with a window seat while traveling mile high.

When possible, choose direct flights

With each plane ride you take, you expose yourself to new groups of people, increasing the likelihood that you’ll stand or sit in close proximity to someone who is sick. What’s more, having connections prolongs the overall travel experience, further draining your energy and increasing your vulnerability to sore throats and flu symptoms.

Prioritize rest before, during, and after your flight

Being well-rested before flying is crucial for bolstering your body's defenses against potential sore throats and sickness. After all, ample rest strengthens the immune system, making it more resilient against pathogens encountered during travel. For this reason, using CBD sleep spray to get valuable ZZZs the night before or during your flight can make all the difference. 

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By Emily Wegener

With a unique background as an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, Masters Degree in Teaching and experience in Psychology, Emily spends much of her time researching and trying out new holistic healing modalities.