Healthy Travel Tips to Prevent Sickness During and After Your Trips
How many times have you gone on vacation or traveled for business and either come home sick, or you got sick shortly after you arrived back home? When you travel, you come into contact with so many people and germs that you’re not usually exposed to. You might not wash your hands as often as you do at home, and the change in routine can throw off your immunity level.
It’s actually very common to get sick when you’re traveling, but there are some simple things you can do to stay healthy. Here are some healthy travel tips that people of all ages can use to prevent illnesses that get you down after your trip:
Before You Go
Always collect your medications and pack them on your carry-on bag if you’re traveling by airplane. Keep prescription medications in their original containers, and get a letter from your doctor for any special medications or supplies, such as controlled substances, injectable medications, a pacemaker, an artificial joint, and so on. You don’t want to arrive at the airport and learn you can’t take some of your medications or medical supplies with you!
It’s also a great idea to pack a travel first aid kit filled with rubbing alcohol wipes, antibacterial cream, wipes or spray, Band-Aids and gauze pads, a mild pain reliever like Tylenol (check with your doctor first), antacids, anti-diarrhea medication, and allergy medication like Benadryl (check with your doctor first).
On the Plane
Did you know the tray tables at airplane seats aren’t sanitized between flights? Airplanes are filled with germs not just from the hundreds of people jam-packed into the plane during your flight but also with germs from all of the people who sat on the plane before you! To keep those germs away, use a hand sanitizer and antibacterial wipes. If you’re extremely worried about coming into contact with germs that can get you sick, consider wearing a facemask.
The biggest health concerns on airplanes (aside from coming into contact with germs) are motion sickness, painful ear-popping, and blood clots in the legs. To help motion sickness, make sure you get plenty of rest before the trip and stay hydrated. You could take an over-the-counter medication, such as Dramamine, 30 minutes before your flight if your doctor approves it. If you feel sick, breathe slowly and deeply and try to avoid strong odors.
To prevent and relieve ear pain, chew gum, swallow often, and yawn during take-off and landing. If you have a mild head cold, use a nasal spray or decongestant to keep your nasal passages open. Of course, check with your doctor first, and always consult with your doctor before a flight if you have a severe head cold, sinusitis, or an acute ear infection.
If blood clots in the legs are a concern for you, extend your feet and flex your ankles several times while sitting throughout the flight, and get up and walk around every hour or so.
At the Hotel
Let’s face it. A lot of people stay in hotel rooms and those rooms are never sanitized from top to bottom between guests. They’re filled with germs! However, you can fight those germs with a few easily-packable items.
First, bring antibacterial wipes (like Clorox wipes) and wipe down all surfaces in your hotel room. Use an antibacterial spray throughout the room and bathroom. Finally, remove comforters from the bed, which aren’t always replaced between guests.
Following Healthy Travel Tips throughout Your Vacation Means Fewer Post-Trip Illnesses
Throughout your trip, be sure to get enough sleep and stay hydrated! Wash your hands as often as possible, and carry hand sanitizer with you for times when you can’t wash your hands often enough or thoroughly enough.
Also, don’t forget to breathe properly during your travels! Deep breathing helps you get enough oxygen to your blood, so you’ll feel less tired and sluggish overall.
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