Air travel can increase your chances of coming down with a cough or cold or run into more serious problems down the road. MSN Health has a quick rundown of how to protect yourself from dry air to blood clots.

The low humidity in airplane cabins tends to dry out the sensitive mucus membranes in the upper airways where viruses and bacteria can take hold.

The advice is really just common sense – stay hydrated, get up and move, and keep washing your hands. Carry tissues and hand sanitizer along with your other travel essentials and pre-order your meal to get more fruits and vegetables.

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