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5 Ways to Not Get Sick While Traveling

How to avoid getting sick in travel time

Traveling is exciting, especially when you’ve been planning the trip for a while. Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean that it will be one completely free of stress. Even when you’re traveling for vacation, you’re likely to experience little issues that make the time a bit less perfect than you might have originally envisioned. One issue that many people face is falling ill. Traveling is a perfect storm for illnesses, especially when you’re spending hours in an airplane. Here are five ways to not get sick while traveling.

Man holding his stomach, having food-caused stomach upset
When you are traveling there are many potential sources of sickness, not the least the
change of your usual nutrition, over-indulgence and potentially spoiled food.
(Image: Mohamed Hassan, via Pixabay)

1. Be Prepared

The first thing you should do is make sure that you’re fully prepared to make it through your trip as healthy and happy as possible. That means taking the time to invest in OTC medicines should you run into any issues, as well as buying plenty of sanitary hand wipes and items of that nature to make keeping yourself and surroundings as clean as possible an easy process.

2. Wash Your Hands

Traveling through airports can expose you to all sorts of nasty germs. That’s why it’s so important to routinely wash your hands. This can be more difficult than it sounds, especially if you’re corralling animals or children through the airport, but it’s a vital step to keeping your health and your loved ones as safe as possible. At the very least, wash your hands before you’re going to be eating or drinking anything and try to wash them once or twice in the airport itself before and after your flight.

3. Get Plenty of Sleep

If you’re running on fumes, you’re more likely to get sick. Quality sleep is vital to ensuring that you remain healthy and happy. When you travel, it can be tempting to stay up as late as you can and enjoy everything your destination has to offer. However, not getting enough sleep can negatively impact your health and cause you to get sick. Make sure that you’re making restful evenings part of your traveling routine.

Pouring water into glass from bottle
One of the most fundamental requirements for a healthy travel is to make sure you drink
plenty of water, making sure it's a safe, bottled water, that will help you to avoid many
potential health issues. (Image: conderdesign via Pixabay)

4. Drink Plenty of Water

Dehydration is no joke. Anyone who has ever ended up in the hospital because of it understands this point well, but many people don’t understand that drinking plenty of water can actually help you avoid issues like stomach problems, fatigue, and headaches while also boosting your immune system. With that in mind, make sure that you don’t skip the water. Aim to drink at least eight glasses per day and stay as hydrated as possible during your travels.

5. Get Your Immunizations

Depending upon where you’re traveling, you might need to get the necessary shots before you head off. Some locations have fairly high instances of illnesses like malaria, for example, so you’ll need to get any shots necessary to help mitigate the effects of that disease. Research the place you’re going to, talk to your doctor, and ask about what kinds of shots you need to help ensure your immune system is in top shape and ready to keep you healthy.

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