The Foolproof Way to Avoid Getting Sick While You Travel Over the Holidays

There's nothing worse than getting sick over the holidays or while you're on vacation—this is your chance to relax and get outside to have some fun, not sit indoors with a mean head cold while everyone else is frolicking around with mulled wine feeling festive. And yet, it happens infuriatingly often. It's not necessarily that our immune systems are more vulnerable on an airplane—it's the fact that we're in this contained vessel stuffed with coughing passengers (have you never heard of proper vampire sneezing etiquette, people?) for hours on end. We can feel the bacteria creeping in just thinking about it. 

Indeed, getting sick while traveling almost feels inevitable, a pilgrim's right of passage, if you will. But "almost" is the operative word here because you can avoid it if you know how to protect yourself against the cesspool of germs that wreak havoc on travelers. If you want to take preventative measures that will decrease the chances of you picking up something nastier than airport souvenirs, learn how to not get sick while traveling below. These six tips are simple, and your beautifully functioning respiratory system will worship you when you touch down common cold–free. Time to enjoy that precious, precious time off.