Getting sick while traveling is the worst thing that can happen to your trip. Nobody wants to spend their vacation stuck in bed while their family/friends go exploring. Being sick is an inevitable part of life, but being on the road exposes you even more. It exposes you to unknown bugs, changing weather, unfamiliar foods, contaminated water, and a foreign environment, which increases the chances of falling ill. It throws off your routine of healthy eating, exercise, and adequate sleep, making your immune system vulnerable.
The most effective defense against illness is to lower our exposure to the risk factors that can make us sick. If you’re going on a trip, there are a few simple steps you should take to stay healthy. None of these tips will guarantee you won’t get sick, but they will help reduce your chances of getting gastric upsets, colds, viruses, and other common diseases while traveling.
1). Prepare Early
A smart way to avoid getting sick is to start preparing at home. Drink lots of fluids and get plenty of sleep a couple of days before your trip. You can also take the right vitamins before boarding a plane to boost your immune system. Some countries may have specific vaccination requirements to protect against endemic diseases like Yellow Fever. Before you leave, make sure that you complete any recommended immunizations and preventive medications. It goes without saying that you bring all of your medicines, first-aid supplies, hand sanitizer, insect repellent, face masks, sunscreen, and clothing suitable for the weather. While visiting a foreign country, never travel without travel insurance. It provides you with financial protection as well as peace of mind.
2). Take Precautions While Flying
Spending hours with strangers in a confined space with recirculated air exposes you to all kinds of viruses. As a result, you should exercise extra caution when flying. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of fluids, as the air inside planes can be very dry due to the higher altitude. Clean surfaces on a plane that you will have direct contact with, such as the headrest, touchscreen, tray table, and armrests, with disinfectant wipes. Hand sanitizer should be used on a regular basis. Keep your handbags off the plane’s floor. During a long flight, get up from time to time to stretch your legs. This can reduce the risk of blood clots and keep your back from becoming strained after sitting for hours in a cramped seat.