Nothing ruins a vacation faster than you or your travel companion getting sick. Follow these tips and stay healthy while you are on vacation so you can make the most of your time away.
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Before you leave, take a few steps to get your immune system strong and ready for the new germs that you could encounter in a new place. Take supplements and probiotics to keep your digestive system feeling good. You can also pack hand sanitizer, a travel pillow, and disinfecting wipes in your carry-on, which will help kill germs from others on the flight. If you usually wear contacts, consider wearing your glasses so you won’t be tempted to rub your eyes.
Avoid Sick People
When you are on vacation, you probably spend a lot of time in public places. You might ride public transportation, visit busy attractions, or eat at restaurants more often than you typically do, putting you in contact with many more people. If someone is coughing or sneezing, stay away from them if possible. Wash your hands often, especially after riding a train or bus or using a railing at a public place.
When you are on a trip, exercise might be the last thing on your list of things to do. However, exercise can help keep you healthy. Not only does it burn calories, but it boosts your immune system and releases feel-good endorphins. Hit the hotel gym before you head out for the day, or just walk places instead of driving or taking public transportation.
Eat Healthy Meals
When you’re on vacation, the temptation to eat junk food is always hard to fight. When you eat foods that your body isn’t used to processing, you might suffer the consequences of an upset stomach or another side effect. Pack healthy snacks so you always have something to munch on when you are on the go, and be sure to stay hydrated by carrying water bottles with you on excursions. If you’re traveling to a foreign country, avoid drinking tap water or eating produce that could carry bacteria, which could cause serious complications.
Get Enough Rest
If you’re constantly running from place to place, your body won’t have downtime it needs to rest and recharge. Getting enough sleep is one of the best ways to prevent sickness, since it gives your body the chance to fight germs. If you don’t get between seven and nine hours for one or more nights during your trip, try to plan for a nap or other rest period so you can feel rejuvenated.
If you do become ill or encounter a health issue while on vacation, contact your health insurance company to find out where you can go for emergency healthcare. If you are dealing with dental emergencies while on vacation, you can try to find a local provider or treat the symptoms until you return home.
Travel should be fun, so follow these tips to stay happy and healthy while you’re on the road.