By Contributing Editor and Global Traveler: Kaitlyn Mentlick
Your trip is always going oh-so-well right up until you get sick, and it happens to all of us at one point in life. We think we’re fine and dandy until certain symptoms sneak up on us, then all of the sudden we have a cold, stomach bug, or something even worst that just ruins your travels. To prevent this dreadful experience check out these useful tips below:
1. Wash your hands often!
We know you've heard this one before, but it’s surprising how many people just don’t follow the obvious. It’s extremely important to remember to wash your hands every chance you get while traveling. Especially in high-germ populated areas, like the airport! Germs aggregate around high volume areas like the following:
self check-in kiosks
TSA security gate bins
pens at immigration counters
public luggage carts
You should really have a surgical mindset using ample soap and taking your time washing your hands. When finished, you should always use a paper towel to create a barrier preventing your hands from touching the bathroom door while exiting. Make sure you also carry a small bottle of hand sanitizer and load up on some vitamin C as well.
2. Wear a mask if it’s acceptable
If it's socially acceptable, like in Beijing or Delhi for example, and you're comfortable doing so, wearing a mask in some places can help if pollution is a concern. Many countries don’t have the same environmental regulations as they do in North America and many European countries. You can also check the Air Quality Index before heading out for the day. One of the most reliable resources you can bookmark on your mobile device before the trip that gives you real-time data on this is https://waqi.info/
3. Be careful what you touch!
We all love that cute furry creature that approaches us while roaming the cobblestone streets or enjoying some relaxation at the beach. However be very aware of the risks. Many animals may not have the same vaccines as your domestic pets back home. Though everyone wants to be extra hands-on while traveling and exploring, some things are better left untouched. Think before touching!
4. Get enough sleep!
The anticipation of wandering to new lands always keeps travelers awake before long-haul trips. In addition, last minute projects to complete at work, school, or even the time-consuming tasks around packing might keep you up late several days before your departure. Often times, when you travel your sleep schedule completely changes temporarily. It's crucial you give yourself enough sleep before traveling to keep your immune system healthy to fight off germs and diseases you may encounter.
5. Go to a travel clinic ahead of time!
Proper immunizations can be the difference enjoyment and disaster for many global travelers. Depending on where you're headed, you may want to visit a travel clinic or your primary care physician at least 30 days before leaving for a trip. The reasons are to make sure you’re up to date with all immunizations. These may vary based on your destination, but the most popular recommended ones include the following:
Typhoid and paratyphoid fever.
6. Stay hydrated!
Feel that constant pressure to drink enough water each day? It’s recommended to drink around 2 liters of water per day. Well, try to double that while traveling. You'll thank us later! But it’s crucial to remember that water quality standards vary based on destination, and your system may not be immune to various bacteria levels that exist in tap water in various countries. Remember that bottled water is always the safest option while abroad.
7. Use sun protection daily
There’s nothing like a long day of oceanfront tanning. But, even if you don’t think you need sunscreen, it’s always a good idea to put it on each day before heading out whether you’re going to the beach or not. During those long tours, you might not realize you’re exposed to the sun more than your usual day. Be aware that the sun is also stronger in certain geographical parts of the world even though you may not directly feel its strength!
These tips will really improve your travel experience as you plan your trip. For a more detailed list of further tips download the Uplift App today to experience the best travel upgrade available to beat Jet Lag naturally so you can hit the ground energetic and ready to go!