Raise your hand if this has ever happened to you:
You’re so excited to head out on vacation, you’ve been planning for weeks all the fun activities you’ll see and the places you’ll go. You wake everyone up early to pack and catch the flight. Grab your luggage from the airport, get the rental car, drive over to the beautiful hotel, and then next day?
You wake up feeling terrible. Sore throat, coughing, sneezing. You’re sick.
Something like this has happened to almost everyone. It can be a fact of life when traveling. But, all hope isn’t lost. There are some steps you can take to help avoid getting sick when traveling.
So, follow some of these tips to make sure you can fully enjoy your next vacation.
Whenever you’re traveling, hydration is key. Chances are, as your running through airports, packing, and wrangling the kids, you’re not thinking about drinking water. Add into that the fact that air travel actually increases dehydration. So, before you board, be sure to drink a full bottle of water, and keep replenishing on the plane, especially if you’re on a long flight.
No matter where (or how) you’re traveling places like train stations, subways, hotels, and airports are full of people all the time. If you’re heading out during the holiday season or the winter, you’re far more likely to be around people who have colds or the flu. Help fight any errant germs by carrying your own disinfectant with you. A small tube or container of wipes can go a long way towards removing any germs.
Get Some Rest
Most people get sick because they are run down and become susceptible to germs. Don’t let that happen to you. In the weeks before you’re getting ready to travel, make sure you’re staying well rested. Try to avoid flights that you’ll have to wake up really early for. And, if you take long flights like something that will be cross country or international, try to fly during your normal sleeping cycle and nap.
If you’re someone with a sensitive stomach, don’t jump all in on the local food before you’re ready. Start with the basics until your body adjusts to your new time zone or location. This also counts for inside the airport or on the road. Instead of opting for fast food, keep your body going by ordering lean meats or salads. Skip the soda and the junk food and your body will be much better equipped to fight illness.
Many airlines will recycle their pillows and blankets, avoid the potential of any germs being transferred by bringing your pillow or blanket with you instead. Prepare your own mini-health kit while you’re at it, include aspirin, any medication to deal with upset stomachs, throat lozenges, nasal spray, and even motion sickness pills. This way, at the very first sign of sickness, you might be able to stop it in its tracks.
Use these tips the next time you get ready to travel and you’ll be ready and raring to make the most of your next trip.
What about some of your best tips to avoid getting sick? Want to share them? Let us know!