Flying? Don't Board Without These 9 Germ-Fighting Essentials

Meghan Rooney

Ted O’Donnell for Tuula Vintage

While there’s plenty of excitement to be had about jetting off to a far-away destination, boarding a plane can bring its fair share of woes. Who knows when those seats were last sanitized, and sitting in a closed cabin while inhaling recycled air is a veritable germ cocktail. It’s also no mystery that traveling above 30,000 feet can cause several side effects. Since we don’t want you to get sick or, worse, compromise your wanderlust, we’ve compiled a complete survival kit chock-full of healthy and effective essentials that will keep you well en route. From an invigorating oil dedicated to aiding your body with the altitude adjustment (which can be comparable to sitting on the top of a mountain for the duration of your flight) to TSA-approved, plant-based products devised specifically to kill germs without altering the air quality of the cabin, these travel companions promise a smooth landing. Shop the best germ-killing, health-promoting products for airplane travel—just in time for your Memorial Day getaway!


Studies have concluded that the higher-altitude environment combined with the extra-dry cabin conditions can make for an easier spread of viruses and illnesses among passengers. That and the fatigue associated with air travel leave your body at odds with fighting off infections. You’ll give yourself the best chance at staying germ-free by frequently washing your hands and avoiding contact with your eyes, nose, and mouth. But it also helps to sanitize your immediate surroundings with natural, chemical-free solutions that will kill off any lingering germs.

Altitude Adapters

Why does flying dehydrate you? Airplane filtration systems drop the humidity down to 10% to 20% (we’re used to a comfortable 30% and 65% on the ground), which sucks the moisture out of your body. Help yourself out with fluids and moisturizers during the flight, and as tempting as it is, avoid alcohol, which will dehydrate you even more than the flight itself.


A less publicized peril of air travel is how much the time change plus hours in a cramped seated position can throw your body out of whack. Fortunately, there are natural supplements that can help your body function properly despite the less-than-desirable conditions during a long-haul flight. Just be sure to check with your doctor before making any changes to your regular diet.

What are your go-to travel essentials? 

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