7 Tips to Avoid Getting Sick While Traveling

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When you’re on vacation, the last thing you want to do is be holed up in your hotel room because you’re sick. No matter where you go, there’s always a chance you’ll come down with something, but there are ways you can avoid it:

Get Enough Sleep

Rest is essential to your health, and if you don’t get enough of it, you can lower your immune system and become more susceptible to illness. Do yourself a favor and get enough sleep (at least 7 or 8 hours) every night. You’ll wake up feeling refreshed and ready to go.

Stock Up on Vitamin C

To prepare your body for your vacation, take plenty of vitamin C supplements or eat plenty of foods rich in vitamin C. You’ll help boost your immune system and get it ready for your trip.

Don’t Drink the Water

If you’re traveling to a foreign country, don’t drink the tap water. In some countries, there is bacteria in tap water that locals’ bodies are used to, but visitors’ bodies aren’t, so drinking it could make you sick. Drink bottled water and also use it to brush your teeth and wash any fruits or vegetables.

Wash Your Hands

Being on vacation means you’re probably going to be touching a lot of things, from airplane tray tables to hotel elevators to taxi cab handles and more. To avoid germs that could make you sick, wash your hands as often as possible; when you don’t have a sink, use antibacterial hand sanitizer.

Exercise

We know it’s hard to keep a good exercise routine while you’re on vacation, but staying active can help keep you healthy. If your hotel has a gym, run a couple miles on the treadmill every morning. Or take a long walk along the beach. You can even do some simple exercises right in your room.

Get Vaccinated

If you’re headed to a foreign country, talk to your doctor. He/she may recommend getting a few vaccines before you go in order to keep things like yellow fever, cholera, hepatitis, and more.

Don’t Overexert Yourself

Love packing everything you can into one┬ávacation? While you may get a lot done, your body won’t be so excited to try and keep up. To avoid getting run down, don’t over-plan your trip. It’ll be much easier to fend off a cold or the flu if you’re well rested and not stressed out.