How to Stay Healthy While Traveling

When the weather starts changing, people seem to get sick easier and we know a cold can ruin your vacation. Follow these tips from our PHL Airport parking members to avoid getting sick:

Start early

Before you travel, spend a few weeks exercising and eating healthy to boost your immune system and get your body ready for the trip.

Drink water

Drink plenty of water the few days before your trip and during your trip. When your body is dehydrated, you become more run down and your body becomes more susceptible to viruses.

Wash your hands

There are millions of germs on your hands at any given time, so wash your hands whenever you can for at least 20 seconds with warm water and anti-bacterial soap to kill them.

Pack medications

As a precaution, pack some cold, flu, and sinus medications in case you do get sick. Depending on where you’re headed, the medications sold there may not be as safe or as available. Also pack some aspirin or ibuprofen for everyday aches.

Eat well

While on vacation, many people tend to stray from a healthy diet and indulge in carbohydrates and sugars. Try to avoid this and balance your diet with protein to help resist infections and fiber to get rid of toxins.

Sleep enough

Traveling is exciting and if you have a lot of things planned, but avoid overbooking your day and set aside at least 6-8 hours for sleep. Your body needs it to stay healthy.


Many hotel gyms have gone from tiny rooms to full-on fitness areas, so take advantage of them while you’re staying there. If you don’t have time to hit the gym, go for a walk or pack some exercise bands in your suitcase.

Use anti-bacterial sprays

You won’t always have access to a sink to wash your hands, so pack anti-bacterial sprays and wipes to use at the airport, on the plane, and during your vacation.

Avoid tap water

If you’re traveling to a foreign country, it’s possible that their tap water could make you sick. Order bottled water when you’re out and if you must drink tap water, be sure to boil it for at least a minute to kill any harmful bacteria.