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The North Providence Breeze 11-13-2019

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THE VALLEY BREEZE | HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE 2019 73 Staying Healthy During Travel – ©2019 GREEN SHOOT MEDIA. Traveling during the holidays can be stressful, get you in the vi- cinity of strangers and their germs and have you awake at strange hours and eating meals in the airport or at rest stops. In addition to washing your hands liberally to stave off those germs, the CDC recommends things you can do to stay healthy as you're running through the airport. IF YOU'RE DRIVING Pack healthy snacks and drink lots of water. Driving means snack- ing for many of us, and it's easy to load up on chips and donuts at the convenience store. Instead, bring grapes, apples, carrots, celery, cheese sticks and other easy-to-grab items that'll satisfy your snacking urge. When you stop to use the bathroom or check out a viewpoint, stretch your legs and walk for a few minutes. Keep blankets and extra food and water in your car as well in case you hit winter weather and get stuck. IF YOU'RE FLYING Snacks are a little harder to get through security, but having a few healthy snacks for the airport and the flight can help keep you from unhealthy and expensive air- port food. Bring a reusable water bottle and fill it up at the airport. (Don't fill it up before you go through security.) Whenever pos- sible, walk to your gate, including using the stairs. It's a good way to get your blood moving and muscles working on a day when you'll be doing a lot of sitting. Drink water on the plane. Make a point to get up and walk around. Go to the bathroom (wait until there's a line if you want to spend more time on your feet) to avoid swelling in your legs and feet. Get a flu shot before you go. The holidays are the height of flu season, and enclosed metal tubes are a great place for viruses to spread. If there's a particularly bad outbreak, bring a face mask. IF YOU'RE GOING ABROAD Get any recommended vac- cines and figure out if there are health concerns at your destina- tion. Pay attention to things like disease outbreaks and the water supply. Ensure you have enough of any medications you'll need and take painkillers and other meds you might need. Find out if your health plan works abroad and consider buying additional insurance if it doesn't. Hopefully you're excited about where you're going for the holidays, but you might not be thrilled about getting there. NOV-13-2019-GIFT-NPS-Mel.indd 73 11/4/19 10:22 AM

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