5 Must-haves when flying for work to protect you from Covid-19

Business travel is tough. If you ‘ ve ever returned from a work trip and felt under the weather, you can probably relate to feeling bogged down with the sniffles or a scratchy throat.

When we ‘ re stressed, our immune system hits a low and our bodies are even more vulnerable to colds and other infections.

Flying on a regular Friday might not be your idea of fun, but travelling during a global pandemic can bring on a whole new level of stress. But it ‘ s not all doom and gloom. The good news is, airlines are stepping up and changing the way they operate. With stringent health measures, flying is a lot safer than it was at the start of the pandemic.

One thing that hasn ‘ t changed?

COVID-19 isn ‘ t going anywhere for a while.

It ‘ s up to us to do everything we can to prevent getting infected. Limiting air travel is one way, but if you really have to fly for work, you can still ensure that you ‘ re being as safe as possible.

Here are a few things you might want to consider before boarding your next business flight:


  1. A face mask. Keep this on during your flight and remember not to touch the front of your mask. You can also add a face shield for extra protection.
  2. Hand sanitiser and disinfectant wipes. Wipe down your seat, seatbelt and tray immediately before sitting down.
  3. Ziplock bags. These are handy for putting in personal items that others might touch (e.g. your ID). Bring extra bags so that you can put these items into a new bag once you ‘ ve disinfected them.
  4. Your own food and drinks. Bring a bottle of water and healthy snacks to stay hydrated and energised during your flight.
  5. Immune support. This will help to protect your body against foreign invaders and give your immune system the pre-flight boost it needs.


If you ‘ re eating a healthy diet, you ‘ re already getting in plenty of good-for-you vitamins and minerals. The problem, as we now know, is stress. When stress goes unchecked, it can quickly deplete these important nutrients and wreak havoc on your body ‘ s primary defence against infections.

Supplementing is a smart way to boost your immunity. This way, if you get exposed to the virus – or if you get sick, your body already has the resources it needs to fight back.

But, here ‘ s the catch: a strong immune system doesn ‘ t happen overnight.

For it to be effective, you should already be taking your immune-boosting supplement at least two weeks before you fly – in other words, long before popping a vitamin C in the departure lounge.

Not sure where to start?

Here are our top four immune-supporting supplements:

  • Vital Immune Support contains both vitamin C and zinc – a powerful nutrient combo which works together to boost the immune system. Zinc is critical for immune cell development and vitamin C supports the function of these cells. Also included are vitamins A and D, which help to recognise harmful invaders and fight off infection.
  • If you already have a vitamin C supplement, you can top up your immune-booster pack with Vital Zinc Complex. And, if you ‘ re looking for a stand-alone vitamin C supplement, Vital Maxi C 1000 mg is a family favourite (one tablet is equal to the vitamin C of 14.3 oranges!)

The best way to avoid getting or spreading COVID-19 is to stay at home. But if you must fly, remember to keep these tips in mind, stay as safe as possible, and boost your immune system.

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