When you are traveling, whether locally or internationally, the last thing you want is to get sick. With a few tips and tricks, you can keep yourself, and those around you, protected from unwanted illness.
Wash your hands
Experts say washing your hands for at least 20 seconds, or for as long as it takes you to sing Happy Birthday twice, can help prevent the spread of germs and bacteria. While this is something you should always do, washing your hands when you are traveling is especially important because of the crowded areas you may be in. Traveling through airports and train stations can put you in contact with thousands of people, which can mean thousands of germs. Washing your hands before eating can also help prevent the spread of germs.
Sleep as much as you can
If you are traveling to a different time zone than you are used to, it may be difficult to adjust to a normal sleep schedule. Traveling can be strenuous on your body, from carrying luggage, walking all day, and changing time zones. Listen to your body to know how much sleep you need. A lack of sleep can affect how fast you can recover if you get sick. A travel pillow and earplugs or noise-cancelling headphones can help you sleep on planes or on drives.
While your body is adjusting to the time zone, it is important to maintain your normal eating habits as much as possible. Skipping meals will only make it more difficult to adjust to a new time zone and can weaken your immune system if you are missing out on important nutrients. Packing food with you can save you money as well as allow you to have healthier options as opposed to fast food. It can be tempting to overindulge while traveling, especially with new options available. However, focusing on nutrient-rich foods can prevent you from feeling weighed down physically and mentally.
Traveling, specifically flying, dehydrates your body and skin. Make sure to refuel by drinking lots of water during and after your travel to replenish lost hydration. While you cannot take water through security at an airport, make sure to fill up a reusable bottle or buy a bottle of water once you are through security. Many doctors recommend eight ounces for every hour you are flying and at least one ounce for every pound of body weight during the day. Hydrating also helps you recover from jet lag faster.
Walk/Stretch/Move your body
When you travel somewhere new, you’ll want to see as much as you can. Walk to as many attractions as you would like as well as take advantage of city tours. Active sightseeing allows you to exercise while exploring a new city. Walking or biking can also be quicker than a taxi or ride-share and is a way to save money when you are traveling.
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