Helpful Summer Vacation Travel Tips

The Air Transport Association expects its busiest summer on record, projecting nearly 207 million passengers will board U.S. airliners for domestic and international trips from June through August. Below are some tips to help make your trip to your summer get-a-way as carefree as vacation is itself.

If your ears hurt when you fly, try taking a decongestant medicine (such as pseudoephedrine) before you get on the plane. You can also swallow often and chew gum during the flight. Babies can suck on bottles or pacifiers during the flight.

Even healthy people can get blood clots in their legs after long flights. Try to walk every now and then during your flight (unless the crew tells you not to). It also helps to drink water, stretch your calf muscles while you’re sitting and wear compression stockings, which you can find at

The air in airplanes is dry, so drink nonalcoholic, decaffeinated beverages and water to avoid becoming dehydrated.

Respiratory illnesses such as the cold and flu are the most common travel-related illnesses. It is highly possible that hundreds of potential sources carrying germs and the cold virus will be on the airplane with you. If your neighbor is sniffling or coughing, make sure to cover your mouth in order to protect yourself. And remember, one of the most important things that you can do to lessen your chances of getting sick while traveling…wash your hands. (Yes – mom was right about that too!)

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