Ahh, cold and flu season. You are a cruel bastard. You sneak up on us like a wood nymph in a dark forest and infect us with your stuffy gifts of phlegm and congestion.
There is no way to avoid this time of the year. If you have children, it is doubly bad since they are germ magnets and not really the best at sanitizing themselves. If you travel for business, check off another box. Airports, train stations, and most public places are cesspools of airborne disgustingness.
The best that you can do is to be prepared. Here are four tips to help protect against (proactively) and deal with (reactively) the common cold while on the road.
Airborne - we covered this a few months ago. Airborne (can be purchased here) may be nothing more than a placebo, or there may be truth to the claims that it overloads your system with Vitamin C and other key vitamins and minerals, thus supercharging your immune system. One way or another, I haven’t heard of anybody getting MORE SICK from this. I use this before, during, and after every trip.
Alka seltzer cold and flu tablets (found here) are another effervescent tablet that can make a big difference. These would be taken after the symptoms start and they really do help. Make sure you get the ones with a flavor, as the plain version tastes like liquid chalk.
DayQuil and NyQuil (link) are essential when you have a cold or flu. For me, they basically mask the symptoms long enough for my body to recover, but I am perfectly fine with that.
Last but not least, you need to drink lots of water for any of these to truly have the desired effect.