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Whether you’re traveling for work or pleasure, it’s inevitable that to get to your destination, you’ll be in public. Airports, train stations, buses and truck stops have a constant flow of people in and out, spreading germs and illness along the way. 

So, how do you avoid catching a cold or flu virus the next time you leave for a business trip or take a family vacation? Here are some tips on how to deal with germs while traveling…

Boost Your Immunity
Before you leave for your trip, you want to be sure your body is ready for the stress of a flight or long ride and crowds of people in small areas. Drink plenty of water—you should do this every day—and make sure you get plenty of rest, especially during the week before you leave. Eat healthy foods rich in omega-3s and fiber. Even try a detox, consisting of juices and teas rich in vitamins before you travel. Just make sure to consult your doctor before any sort of cleanse. 

Sanitize Surface Areas
From the fold-out tables on a plane to the table in the truck stop cafe, you want to be sure to wipe away as many potential germs as you can. Carry wet wipes and sanitizers in your purse, briefcase or carry-on. Use them to clean any surface you plan to eat, sit or work at, as well as any objects you use while travelling, like your cellphone and other electronics. Even after you sanitize, when you are done using a surface, don’t forget to wash your hands!

Choose the Window Seat
Bus, train or plane, you’ll want to steer clear of high-traffic areas that can make you susceptible to contact with more germs. Avoid people touching your headrest—or your head—as they walk down the center aisle returning to their seat from the bathroom, especially considering the conditions of most of these bathrooms. A window seat will keep you further from direct contact with others while having a nice view along the way. 

Wear a Mask
For those particularly vulnerable to getting sick, a mask might be your best option. Though it doesn’t guarantee that all germs are avoided, it’s a great choice, especially in a small space like a plane or bus. There are even masks that feature a charcoal filter so you can breathe cleaner, healthier air. Masks are also helpful to others if you happen to be sick when traveling, easily avoiding a sneeze or cough from encroaching on anyone else’s personal space. 

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