Getting sick while traveling is always a concern. Being in unfamiliar environments, around new people, and generally outside your normal routine makes you vulnerable to all sorts of illnesses. The best remedy for travel sickness is prevention. To that end, here are some easy ways to keep yourself safe and healthy on your vacation:
#1: Stay active
Staying active can be difficult while on the road, since travel often involves long periods of sitting (whether in airplanes, trains, or cars). Yet I’ve found that it’s one of the most important things to make sure doesn’t slip while I’m away from home. Exercise stimulates the immune system, releases endorphins, and keeps your brain sharp. Head to the hotel fitness center. Walk as much as possible. Little things make a big difference!
#2: Wash your hands
One of the biggest challenges of air travel is protecting against colds and flus. Being on an airplane with a bunch of people coughing and sneezing is an easy way to get sick. But frequent hand washing (or use of hand sanitizer) can help keep you healthy.
#3: Eat well
This can be a real challenge when you’re staying in hotels and don’t have much time to cook. But there are a few things that can make it a little easier. Bring snacks. Eat a big meal before you travel. Don’t be afraid to fast. And always plan in advance. Choose hotels that at least have a kitchenette, and preferably a full kitchen. You can also choose hotels based on the menu of their restaurant, or the proximity of other restaurants nearby.
#4: Rest and sleep
Just as exercise is especially crucial while traveling, so is rest. Travel is inherently stressful, and it can be difficult to find downtime, especially when you’re traveling for work. Try scheduling periods of rest into your day, just as you would schedule any other appointment or commitment. Along the same lines, do your best to get at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep on the road. This isn’t always possible, but it makes a big difference in keeping you healthy.
#5: Be flexible and adaptable
Let’s face it, things don’t always go the way we want them to when we’re traveling. From delayed or canceled flights to mix-ups at the hotel to bad food experiences, travel can be a real drag. But rather than struggle against things that are beyond your control, why not use these unpredicted events as opportunities? Flight delayed? Maybe it’s time to catch up on those phone calls you’ve been putting off, or write that email or blog post you’ve been procrastinating getting done.
#6: Reduce stress
While vacations are meant to be relaxing, we all know they can be quite stressful. Take time to do some of your normal relaxation habits. Take a quiet walk, meditate, and try services that can ease your already stressful journey, like Bags VIP luggage delivery. You have better things to do than worry about your luggage shipping. Whether you’re hopping from the plane to a meeting, enjoying a long-awaited cruise or heading to a family vacation, your bags will be in good hands and off of your mind.