5 Ways to Prevent Getting Sick When Traveling

Traveling is an experience, a time to enjoy and relax without worrying about getting sick. When we travel our bodies are exposed to unfamiliar air, different foods, and a variety of weather conditions that may impact our immune systems. While we cannot avoid the unfamiliar conditions, there are numerous ways to minimize the risk of exposure to microbes or bacteria entering your system and to make you sick.  Here are 5 ways to prevent getting sick while enjoying your travel time.

Wash Your Hands
First and foremost, it is important to wash your hands.  While it might seem obvious, wash your hands after the bathroom, before you eat, when you touch objects in the airport (railings, escalators, etc.), or anytime before you touch your face. Hand washing is the best way to prevent and control infections. If you will have difficulty finding an available bathroom to wash your hands, pack a pocket hand sanitizer to help keep you healthy.

Drink Bottled or Filtered Water
Bottled or filtered water is convenient, makes it easy to track water intake, and refreshing.  Drinking water hydrates the body, flushes toxins, increases energy, and boosts the immune system; keeping you healthy while you travel.  Remember to ask where your water is sourced and if it is purified if you are visiting a foreign country. Untreated or improperly treated water can carry a variety of illnesses and diseases.
Choose the Right Foods
Eat healthy food to boost your immune system and your overall well being while traveling.  However, it is important to be cognizant of the food you eat, especially in foreign countries. Avoid street food and other types of food that may be unregulated and exposed to external factors. Avoid items that are washed in unfiltered water such as fruits, vegetables, salads, etc.  Unsafe water may carry illness or disease.

Beware of Spices
While traveling, experience the local cuisine, however, be careful and regulate your intake of local spices in the food. Excessive intake may lead to digestion problems including nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Choose bland foods if you find your body is sensitive to spices.

Avoid Overexposure to UV Rays
While it is important to stay active during travel, it is equally important to avoid overexposure to the sun. Wear sunblock, appropriate eyewear and a hat to protect yourself from the sun.  Excessive exposure to the sun and heat can lead to serious complications such as sunburn, blisters, skin cancer, and heat stroke.

While these are some of the best and most efficient ways to prevent illness while traveling, exposure to illness-causing germs is unavoidable.  Keep your body healthy by eating right and getting enough rest and enjoy your travels!