A Guide to Healthy Holiday Travel

The holiday travel hustle has begun! According to AAA, an estimated 112 million people will be traveling by plane or car in the coming week. While much of travel feels out of your control (flight delays, road construction, who you’re seated next to on the plane), there are some things you can do to prevent negative effects from your trip.

Make sure you and your family are equipped to stay healthy and comfortable as you hit the road this holiday season.


Traveling can be exhausting, as well as moisture-robbing. The lack of humidity on a plane can speed dehydration, and it’s hard to want to drink lots while you’re stuck in a window seat on a long flight. However, staying hydrated and drinking at least eight ounces of water for every hour spent in the air will help prevent blood clots and post-flight fatigue, as well as will help your immune system fight off any germs you’re exposed to en route.


Most of us know that salt increases swelling, and even though those cocktails look appetizing, it’s best to avoid alcohol before and during your flight. Alcoholic drinks cause dehydration, which is the opposite of what you want during your flight. In planes’ low-humidity, climate-controlled environment, you want to stay nice and hydrated. Avoid foods high in sodium and consider trading that drink for ice-cold water instead!


Studies show that sitting for 90 minutes or more can cause blood flow beneath the knees to decrease by 50 percent, which can lead to sleepy, achy and even swollen legs. Wearing compression socks during your flight will improve the circulation in your legs and feet — so they’ll feel energized right when you step off the plane! Not to mention, they can help prevent blood clots, varicose veins, and other issues from surfacing down the road.

No matter where you are headed for the holidays – we hope you stay happy, hydrated, and swell-free!

Wishing you a merry and healthy holiday,

Your Friends at VIM & VIGR

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