How to Avoid Getting Sick During a Trip
You might be the healthiest person you know, seemingly immune to nasty germs from those around you at home, at work, and out and about. But traveling, especially with large crowds (i.e. airports) and small spaces (i.e. the airplane!), can make even the most robust system vulnerable. Making smart choices before heading out on travel can help you avoid getting sick during a trip – which is the last thing you want when you are far from home!
It goes without saying that staying hydrated is a good idea all the time. But before you travel, you should be extra focused on getting enough H20 into your system. You’ll feel better, more awake, and sleep more soundly if your body is well hydrated. Drink at least 64 ounces of water a day and another 8 ounces for each hour of an airline flight. Try to drink bottled water so you know it’s not contaminated.
Get your ZZZs
Do your best to get excellent rest before your trip. When we’re tired, our systems can get run down and weakened, and make us extra susceptible to viruses. Sleep is a great way to avoid getting sick but you have to maintain your rest schedule as much as possible both before and during your trip.
Wash Your Hands!
We’ve been told this since childhood, but washing our hands is truly one of the best ways to stay healthy. Germs can’t be spread as easily if hands are clean! Carry around hand sanitizer as well – it can be pulled out if you’re in a hurry.
Getting enough exercise can be a struggle but it is something that everyone should do while traveling. Walking around the airplane to stretch your legs is a good start. When you’re at your destination, going for walks or doing exercises in your hotel room can help to keep your body chugging along at a steady clip, which in turn makes your immune system stronger overall.
Travel can be exhausting and debilitating to our immune systems but prepping for a trip by keeping your body as healthy as possible will go a long way to help you avoid getting sick.