Did you know: 63% of travelers reported that they or a travel companion got sick while on vacation?
This winter, whether you’re planning a staycation down the street, a trip to a neighboring state, a cross-country road trip or a voyage across the globe, it’s important to make sure you’re feeling your best. An illness could not only ruin your trip, but it could cost you big bucks if you’re away from home.
So, what can you do to ensure you stay in optimal health while traveling this season?
Before you leave for your trip, it’s best to look into scheduling an appointment with your doctor or a local clinic to ask what vaccines and tests you should get. Explain your travel plans, lifestyle, medical history and family health history.
If you’re needle shy and only end up getting one vaccine this winter, make it the influenza vaccination! The CDC recommends that everyone older than 6 months of age gets a flu shot, but make sure you allow enough time for antibodies to develop in your system—you won’t be protected until about two weeks after vaccination.
Doctors have found that exercise can improve your immune system by providing a boot to the cells in your body that are assigned to attack bacteria. As a result, people who exercise have stronger immune systems and are better equipped to take on bacteria. Prep for your trip by getting 75 minutes of physical activity per week (about 20 minutes four times a day) and don’t forget to stay consistent by taking the time to get in some heart-pumping routines during your travels.
Take Vitamin C.
Although you shouldn’t rely on Vitamin C alone, it can help ward off an illness in the early stages. In addition to a well-balanced diet with plenty of fruits, vegetables and filtered water, adding a vitamin supplement to your diet or dropping a teaspoon of liquid Vitamin C into your beverages can make a huge difference in your overall health. It’s recommended that you take 500 mg of Vitamin C per day.
Keep your hands clean.
While on the road (or in the sky), don’t forget to wash your hands! This is one of the best ways to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. Doctors recommend rubbing your hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds—the amount of time it takes to hum “Happy Birthday” two times. Wash your hands before eating, touching your face or eyes and after coming in contact with germy surfaces.
Carry disinfecting wipes.
Cleaning and disinfecting are two different things. Cleaning removes germs from surfaces while disinfecting actually destroys them. It’s not necessary to disinfect every surface you touch, but it’s a great idea to carry a travel-size pack of wipes to clean door knobs and other areas that virtually all hands come in contact with.
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