As if traveling wasn’t stressful enough for many people, it seems like going on a trip is also the perfect recipe for getting some kind of sickness along your journey. So many different reasons, many people commonly will start to get a cold, the flu, a stomach bug, or some other kind of sickness right after they’ve traveled somewhere. So to help ensure that you’re able to enjoy your time on your trip and not spend hours in a foreign hospital or days stuck in your hotel bed, here are three things you can do to keep yourself from getting sick while traveling.
Be Careful With Tap Water
One of the biggest contributing factors to keeping yourself healthy, both at home and when on the road, is what you fuel your body with. Eating healthy foods and getting enough water are both vital to ensuring your body functions in a healthy manner. However, both of these things can be difficult when traveling. Especially, according to Ed Hewitt, a contributor to Smarter Travel, since tap water can sometimes be unsafe for you to drink. While we all know that certain countries don’t have safe tap water, drinking tap water from a different area within your own country, or in a country where the water is considered safe, can still be harmful to your body because of the local bacteria that you’re not used to. So when you’re in a different city, always opt for bottled water.
Keep Dirty Hands Away
As soon as you leave your normal stomping grounds, you begin exposing yourself to germs that your body doesn’t have as much experience fighting off. Because of this, your chances of getting sick increase. One thing you can do to keep these germs at bay, according to Meredith Rosenberg, a contributor to Travel Channel, is to keep dirty hands away from all areas of your face. To be safest, wash your hands whenever you have the chance, including using hand sanitizer when it’s available. And if you’re not sure how clean your hands are after touching things like airplane seat belts and security bins, it’s best to keep your hands off your eyes and mouth.
Find Ways To Reduce Your Stress Levels
Stress can be a killer for your immune system. And if you’re like most people, traveling causes you at least a little bit more stress than you feel on your average day. So to help keep your immune system fighting where it should be, JR Thorpe, a contributor to Bustle, recommends doing all you can to reduce your stress levels when you’re traveling. Give yourself extra time on the road or at the airport, don’t overschedule yourself, and plan out all you can beforehand so that you don’t find yourself stressing over things that you could have had control over.
If you’re worried about getting sick while you travel, consider using the tips mentioned above to help you fight against this.