I look forward to the start of the New Year because that means I get to ring in a new year of travel. This year I was super excited to announce my first trip of the year would be to Denver Colorado. I’ve never been to Denver so I’ve really been looking forward to this trip. That excitement turned to panic when I woke up with the worst head cold ever. I’m talking pounding headache, runny nose, coughing…it was awful. If you’ve ever had to travel with a head cold you know it can be awful. Having had to do it several times myself, I thought it was time to put together a mini guide with tips for flying with a head cold for those of you experiencing it for the first time. Tips For Flying With A H
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Tips For Flying With A Head Cold: Make Sure You Are Well Enough To Travel
First, let’s clear up a detail which some may overlook. Traveling with a head cold and traveling while you’re nearly on your deathbed are two totally different things. If you have a fever or are dealing with nausea and or diarrhea flying is a no go.
This is where travel insurance is going to be your best friend. No trip is worth this risk and you should not put other passengers at risk. With that said, these tips are for people who are nearing the end of their sickness and need a little push to get them over the feel better hurdle. Tips For Flying With A Head Cold
Tips For Flying With A Head Cold: Inflight Travel Essentials
If you have to travel while sick you want to make sure you are as comfortable as possible which means keeping yourself medicated and hydrated. When I travel sick here is a list of things I make sure I don’t leave home without. They have gotten me through many a flight and make flying with a head cold tolerable.
- Bliss Herbal Supplement Sure, most flights offer tea, but when I’m traveling with a head cold bringing my own is a must. Pack a few tea bags in your purse or carry on and after takeoff ask the flight attendant for a cup of hot water. I like to pack Lipton Bedtime Bliss Herbal Supplement because It features chamomile, mint and orange peel and tastes great. It relaxes me and allows me to catch up on sleep which is a must if you’re on a long haul or international flight. Tips For Flying With A Head Cold
- Theraflu ExpressMax Severe Cold & Flu Caplets To help battle my cold and flu symptoms in flight I turn to ExpressMax Severe Cold & Flu to defeat 7 cold & flu symptoms fast. It helps defeat a sore throat, nasal congestion, chest congestion, fever, cough, headache, body aches which can all be a nightmare when stuck on an airplane for hours. Before heading to the airport I take two tablets with a full glass of water. They usually kick in right at take off which means congestion won’t be a problem.
- A Sherpa or Heavy Throw – I am always freezing on an airplane, even when I’m not sick so a sherpa or heavy throw is an in-flight travel essential for me no matter what. If you are flying first class you are usually provided with a blanket, however, I always bring my own. The ones airlines provide are super thin and if you didn’t know this already, used! I’m already sick, I don’t need to add someone else’s germs to the mix.
- Fuzzy Socks – If I can manage to keep my feet warm and head warm no matter what the outside temperature is, I can usually stay warm. When I get settled in my seat I throw on my fuzzy socks, wrap myself in my sherpa or throw and it’s light out for the remainder of the flight.
- Premium Crackers When I’m sick I don’t eat much but I do like to keep something in my bag to nibble on in case my stomach gets upset. Nabisco PREMIUM is the #1 saltine cracker and usually, my go-to cracker while sick. I call it my wellness cracker since it’s perfect for upset stomachs and for me through morning sickness when I was pregnant with Reese.
Tips For Flying With A Head Cold: Post Flight Travel Essentials
After being sick and spending 4+ hours on a flight I just want to get to my hotel or Airbnb and pass out. I don’t want to have to stop for food or anything else so I make sure I pack things with that will get me through my first night.
- Campbell’s® Chicken Noodle 4 Count 4 Pack For generations moms have turned to Campbell’s® Condensed Soup to soothe and comfort. I’ve been eating Campbell’s® chicken noodle soup since I was about two years old. My mom gave it to me when I was sick and now I give it to my daughter when she’s sick. I love that it has no artificial colors/flavors and it tastes great. If I’m sick and traveling I bring it with me. One word of advice though, make sure you pack it in your checked bags. As awesome as Campbell’s® Chicken Noodle Soup is, TSA still won’t let it slide through security in a carry-on.
- TYLENOL® Cold + Flu Severe Day/Night Getting a good night sleep is key to getting better as quick as possible so if I’m suffering from a painful cough, congestion or sore throat TYLENOL® Cold + Flu Severe Day/Night is my go to. I also like that they offer a feel better or your money back, guarantee on adult products.
- Lavender Essential Oils – I’m not a huge essential oils nut like a lot of my friends are but I can admit I love the smell of lavender, especially when I’m sick. I make sure to keep a small bottle of it in my travel bag. I pour a little into a warm bath when I check into my hotel or Airbnb as well as put a little behind my ear before bed. It helps me sleep so much better. Tips For Flying With A Head Cold
I’ll admit, traveling with a head cold is not my ideal way to travel but if you’re on the tail end of being sick and handed to recovery canceling your trip is unnecessary.
With these helpful travel tips and a trip to your local Ralph’s or Kroger to pick up my in-flight and post-flight travel essentials, you’ll be on your way to recovery and enjoying your trip in no time. For more helpful tips on how to travel anywhere and avoid getting sick, check out this helpful post.