How to Fly Without Getting Sick

How to Fly Without Getting Sick, Sick on Plane, Marin Magazine

Have you ever had to sit next to a person on a plane that was visibly and audibly sick? I mean non-stop sneezing, coughing and the absolute worst, nose-blowing.

Germaphobe or not, being stuck in a confined space with a sick person is a travel nightmare. In a study by Auburn University, E.Coli and antibiotic-immune diseases can live on airplane surfaces for up to a week. But fear not. The following products will help you avoid getting sick while traveling by air:

Honeycomb Pollution Mask with Coconut Classic Filter

This stylish mask is made from activated charcoal from the carbon found in the shells of coconuts. They effectively reduce the risk of breathing in pollution or airborne viruses and the filters are disposable for those especially yucky viruses. Not to mention, they come in 19, yes, NINETEEN different colors so you could match them to your outfit if you wanted to. What’s chicer than good health? The first review on their website is even from a Mill Valley resident, so you can take a local’s word for it.

Disinfect, Disinfect, Disinfect!

The fast majority of the germs that will get you sick lie on the surfaces of the plane, not just in the air. According to the same study by Auburn University, the biggest places to worry about germs spreading are the seat upholstery, tray tables, armrests, toilet handles, and other bathroom surfaces, so you may wanna travel with a seat cushion and a fanny pack full of disinfecting wipes and hand sanitizer. 

Or you can go all out and invest in a couple Seat Sitters with everything you need in one convenient kit and make sure that everyone around you knows how importantly you take you and your family’s health. 

Seat Sitters Travel Kit

This perfectly compact travel kit has everything you need for a safe and sanitary journey. Included are a disposable AND a reusable seat cover, two disinfecting wipes, an allergy mask and even a peanut sticker to let flight attendants and those around you know of any nut allergies. You may look like crazy germaphobe to nearby passengers, but who wants to sit on a seat that the FAA only requires to be cleaned every 30 days? 

Oh and for the pesky airplane ear, we have a solution for that too!


These specially engineered earplugs offer relief from air pressure and ear popping due to air travel. They’re made from soft hypoallergenic silicone and they come in adult and child sizes so you don’t have to listen to the kids complaining about their ears hurting the whole flight.

No matter where you’re headed, if health is your number one priority, it’s time to start investing in some travel gear to make sure you have a happy and healthy trip.