By: Bill Gookin, No. 20 in a series of occasional reports on wellness and dehydration

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The holidays are approaching and millions of passengers will be enduring crowded planes and terminals…and perhaps even sitting in a seat next to someone with a cold or the flu (someone who is sneezing or coughing). So, what can travelers do to stay healthy and alert while traveling? Plenty, say the experts.

Here are some tips:


Dry Cabin Air

The low humidity and low air pressure in airplane cabins tend to dry out the sensitive mucus membranes in the mouth, nose and throat where viruses and bacteria can take hold.


Keep drinking. Ideally, drink 8 ounces of water, fruit juice or VITALYTE for each hour of your trip.

Why VITALYTE? It hydrates you without diluting your blood as does plain water, so you don’t have to stand in line for the bathroom. Many airline pilots drink VITALYTE to keep alert during the flight and they appreciate the fact that they don’t have to leave the flight deck even on cross-country flights.

How do I get the VITALYTE past security? Well lucky for you, we’re TSA compliant! Just bring quart or half-liter packets of VITALYTE and an empty water bottle through security and refill the bottle at a drinking fountain (or buy a bottle of water once past security), mix up the VITALYTE and enjoy your trip, and the friendly skies!

For a great deal on your supply of Quart packets or the new Half-Liter packets of VITALYTE please visit the VITALYTE Store on our website and for more Air Travel tips; including Germs in Close Quarters, Blocked Ears and Blood Clots, please read the rest of my articles in the Hydration 101 section. Drink up and drink often…

This article is the opinion, advice, and testimonial of Bill Gookin.

Please consult your physician before following advice. Results may vary