Everyone gets a cold on planes but here’s how to avoid it

We all know that: You come back from vacation relaxed and refreshed, and 24 hours later you are hit by a cold.

While airplane cold isn’t an official disease, tens of thousands of us get it every year — and one nurse says she knows how to avoid it.

A nurse has revealed the simple things she does to avoid catching a cold on a plane

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A nurse has revealed the simple things she does to avoid catching a cold on a planeCredit: TikTok/@unearthedamber
Tips included staying away from pillows and blankets

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Tips included staying away from pillows and blanketsCredit: TikTok/@unearthedamber

Nurse Amber Gardner shared with us the eight travel tips she uses to avoid getting sick on a flight.

in one video on tik tokAmber, who is known as @unearthedamber on the social media platform, revealed the simple steps Passengers can take with them to stay fit and healthy on a flight.

First off, while it might be tempting to fall asleep on an airline pillow on a long-haul flight, Amber wrote, “Don’t put the pillow or blanket near your face.”

She added, “Drink bottled water and avoid tea or coffee, but make sure you’re staying hydrated.”

In another clip, Amber encouraged passengers to “wipe down all surfaces on and around your seat.”

Tests on the tray table, armrests and seat belt have already revealed horrible dirt left there.

In addition to cleaning the tray tables, Amber added: “[Make sure to] Wash or disinfect hands frequently.

She also urges passengers to “go to the toilet with shoes on.”

Peeing on airplane floors is one of the main reasons passengers are warned not to walk barefoot on flights, but there are plenty of other nasty bugs on the floor too.

Other advice included flexing your calves every hour to keep blood flowing.

Finally, make time to “meditate, breathe deeply and unwind” during the flight, and if you decide to sleep, wear a face mask.

Getting enough rest makes it easier for your body to fight off any insects you come in contact with.

A travel expert shares his top tips for reducing the risk of illness while on vacation.

Sun Online Travel previously reported that passengers should always try to book a window seat on planes as they are “the cleanest”.

A 2018 study by Boeing It has also been found that you are less likely to get sick if you sit in a window seat.

The study’s lead author, Vicki Stover Hertzberg, advised, “Sit in the window seat and don’t move.”

Travel experts have been advising vacationers for years not to use tap water on planes

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Travel experts have been advising vacationers for years not to use tap water on planesCredit: TikTok/@unearthedamber
The floors in airplane bathrooms can be very dirty, so it's best to put on your shoes in the toilet

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The floors in airplane bathrooms can be very dirty, so it’s best to put on your shoes in the toiletCredit: TikTok/@unearthedamber

Russell Falcon

Russell Falcon is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Russell Falcon joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing russellfalcon@ustimespost.com.

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