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6 Must-Have Carry-Ons for Healthier Travel

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There’s nothing easy about flying the friendly skies. In fact, they’re not very friendly at all. But with a little up-front planning, you can make your next airplane trip a happier and healthier experience. As John Wooden often preached, failing to prepare is the same as preparing to fail. Want to ace your next trip? Remember these must-have carry-ons.

1. Bottled Water

You need to drink 8 ounces of water per hour during a flight. The air temperature outside the plane is frigid and doesn’t contain much humidity—3 to 5 percent compared to an everyday average of 60 percent. And that’s the air that’ll be filtered into the fuselage. So drinking more will help prevent dehydration. Just remember to buy the bottles after you go through security. You can also just rely on the free handouts during the ride.

2. Eye Drops

That low humidity can also cause skin and eye irritation, especially in those who have sensitivity. For the same reason, wear glasses instead of contact lenses.

3. Hand Wipes/Sanitizers

Crowds = germs = infections. A review of published research in The Lancet called commercial airlines “a suitable environment for the spread of pathogens carried by passengers or crew.” Yeah, we think so.

4. Your Medications

Because checked baggage can often become lost baggage. Carry enough to last the entire trip. It’s also a good idea to take extra medicine in case your return is delayed.

5. Oral Pseudoephedrine and Chewing Gum

During takeoff and landing, the cabin’s air pressure goes haywire, which in turn can cause your inner ears to feel like they’re about to explode. To help sidestep this issue, you can take an over-the-counter pseudoephedrine product 30 minutes before your flight departure. And chew gum during takeoff and landing, which also helps relieve some pressure.

6. Medicine for Upset Stomach

Bring medicine for diarrhea and upset stomach, such as Bismuth subsalicylate (Pepto-Bismol) and Loperamide (Imodium A-D). Traveler's diarrhea can ruin your time away. And your plane flight, of course.

For more tips, visit www.CorePerformance.com/travel.

Tags: Health, Travel