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Yes. you can get exposure through the window!
Plane windows can block UVB rays, but UVA rays can still pass through.
And at the higher altitude; at an elevated rate than at sea level.
Apply suntan lotion that is “broad spectrum”, which provides coverage for both UVA and UVB, at least SPF 30, 30 minutes before exposure, and reapply every 2 hours.


N95 Masks: “The N95 respirator is the most common of the seven types of particulate filtering facepiece respirators. This product filters at least 95% of airborne particles but is not resistant to oil.”- CDC

Ellessco MyAir:; “MyAir is an advanced filtration mask that is unique in several ways. While most masks simply block airborne particles, MyAir also retains 88% of the moisture from your exhaled breath, supporting health and hydration – in a comfortable, ultra lightweight and fashion-forward design. MyAir is also the only mask that has no seams, latex, elastic, buckles or straps. Coupled with the highest possible rate of airflow (>200 cubic feet per minute), that makes for an exceptionally comfortable product. MyAir filters block 99.997% of all viruses, bacteria, pollen, allergens & contaminants down to 0.1 microns. (Most masks block down to 0.3 microns at best.)” From the makers of the VinniBag that keeps liquids safe when transporting; like wine!


Airline seats, on average, are cleaned every 78,000 passengers. Yuk!


Skin: Purell; but doesn’t work for Norovirus! Water with 10% bleach does.

Surface: wipes; Lysol brand II “kills 99.9% of viruses and bacteria”, “kills cold & flu viruses” “Disinfects: Influenza A Virus (H1N1), Human Coronavirus, Salmonella enterica (Salmonella), Staphylococcus aureus (Staph) and Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1”.

UV Light: a travel UV-C wand from Herrington and others. They do work!


Only drink bottled, filtered or sterilized water.

Filters: there are many out there, with some built into hand-held water bottles. The MSR Guardian (@$350) is the gold standard! 
Sterilize: with chorine (not iodine) tablets, or a UV-C light (a SteriPen is small and easy to use).
Both of the above can be purchased at a good outdoor store like A16 and REI.
The chorine worked amazing on a 5 week Southeast Asia trip; where I would sterilize tap water with “Aquatabs”, and then filter through a 2-stage bottle to get rid of the taste and anything else.
Too many Iodine tablets are not good for the Thyroid gland.

Stomach Upset/ Diarrhea
Pepto Bismol and then Loperamide Hydrochloride 2 mg, “Immodium A-D”, 2 after first movement, then 1 for subsequent ones; max. 4 within 24 hours for 2 days.
Dehydration: Oral Rehydration Salts (ORS) ($6.95 REI), Acidophilus pills (Ultra Duo Dophilus @$14 GE).

Diarrhea/ Dysentery or Bladder Infection
Black Stool and Tongue: start Cipro antibiotics immediately; and if not immediately available “Imodium A-D”, after first loose stool chew 2 w/ water, next stool 1 tablet, max 4/ day for 2 days. Do not use if there is a high fever 101`, or blood in the stool.

Motion “Sea” Sickness

Drive or sit in front, don’t read, stay hydrated, no greasy foods, get fresh air, keep moving, take small steps.
Symptoms: dizziness, nausea/ vomiting, pale skin, hyperventilation, drowsiness, headaches.

Over the Counter (OTC)
Lemon Drops
Ginger Pills/ Root
Brandy- at least you won’t know how bad you feel!

Acupressure- “Acuband”/ “Sea Bands”: “Nei-Kuan” acupressure point P6 three finger widths from palm between tendons.
“The Motion Sickness Relief Wrist Band” uses “nueromodulation” and needs connectivity gel to work. Sharper Image for $119.99 on 12/2016.

Over The Counter Medications
Dramamine- Medizine Hydrochloride 25 mg tablets/ Antiemetic. Side effects; sedating.
Bonine- sedating side effects.

Transderm SCOP (scopolamine- non sedating) 72-hour patches.


Tonic water (quinine), and/or pickle juice for leg cramps.

Deep Vein Trombosis (DVT)

Wear compression socks and move around!!!


Melatonin: dietary supplement.

Earplugs: SilentEar (NR32- decibels) had 3 packs for $15.95, in clear or orange.

White Noise: app for ones smartphone and/or tablet to mask sounds. I use an air filter at home to do the same.

Humidifier: I have a portable one; to keep the nasal membranes and skin moist. Satechi has a very small one that sits on top of a glass.

Alarm: Clock; buy a travel one, or use the one on your smartphone and/or tablet.

Jet Lag

Traveling east across two or more time zones will do it.

Vitamins: load up on Vitamins B and D.

Hydrate: drink fluids; water and some juice; but not caffeine or alcohol.

Rest/Sleep: take Melatonin 1/2 hour prior to sleeping. Use local time once landed; or on flight, and stay awake until the local bedtime.

Stretch: out the kinks once off the jet.

Usually takes a day for each time zone crossed to recover.


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