Part of the locum tenens experience is the opportunity to travel to different healthcare facilities across the country. However, the only thing separating many healthcare providers from testing out different specialties and work environments is an airplane ride. Without being fully prepared for your departure, that time in the sky, whether it is a couple of hours to a day or more, can take a toll on your health. Here are a few simple, precautionary ways to stay healthy while flying.
Drink Up and Stay Hydrated
While staying hydrated is important in general, drinking enough fluids is crucial before, during, and following a plane ride. Airplanes have a low-humidity environment which increases the risk of catching a respiratory virus. Because of the dry air, the mucous in your airway becomes less capable of doing its job, which then allows viruses or bacteria to enter the body with ease. Avoid drying up the mucous membrane in the nose and throat with bottled or filtered water.
Antibacterial Wipes are Your New Travel Friend
While practicing good hygiene consists of washing your hands regularly, bathroom tap water from an airplane is not always the best option. There could be bacteria found in the water, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Instead, bring along antibacterial wipes when boarding. Whether it’s wiping down your seat, arm rests, tray table, seatbelt, or even your hands, antibacterial wipes are your new best travel friend. With every wipe, you can avoid contacting germs by the time you reach your destination.
Keep Your Body in Motion
One of the many struggles of airplane travel is the cramp factor. According to the World Health Organization, 1 in 4,500 passengers develop a clot because of lack of motion while traveling. However, you don’t have to feel confined to your seat each time you travel. Health experts recommend stretching before, during, and after flying to avoid feeling sore and developing a clot. And if that isn’t enough, simply walking up and down the airplane aisle every hour is also a great way to keep your body in motion and to keep the blood flowing.
Airplane rides can make people uneasy, especially when it comes to their health. But how else are you going to explore and experience other healthcare locations across the country? So take a deep breath, plan ahead, and have a safe and healthy flight! And remember, our travel team at Barton is here to make the rest of your traveling experience easy once you reach your destination.