Although there are fewer cases of Coronavirus than there are of the flu this year, it seems to have caused a worldwide panic of epic proportions. Canceling your long anticipated trip is an option, but there are ways to travel safely so you limit your exposure to whatever sickness is going around, be it a cold, or the Coronavirus. Many of these tips are habits that should already be a part of your daily routine, but it never hurts to reiterate. Take note of these tips on how to stay healthy while traveling.
A few weeks prior to your trip, start boosting your immune system to combat whatever comes your way.
- Eat Healthy: The best way to boost your immune system is to eat a diet rich in leafy greens, fruits and colorful vegetables containing vitamin C, E and B12. They will not only give your immune system a natural boost, but you will also have more energy and feel healthier all around.
- Sleep: Stock up on sleep before you go. Get on a routine and try to get between 7-8 hours a night. A nap every once in a while wouldn’t hurt either. That’s right, an excuse to get more shuteye!
- Supplements: While it is best to get your vitamins from food, supplements can fill the gaps in your diet. Try a vitamin that contains Elderberry and echinacea such as MunoMax – Real Advanced Immune Support. It will give you the extra booth you need.
At the Airport
- Keep Your Distance: Do your best to stay at least 6 feet from anyone who is coughing, sneezing or just doesn’t’t look 100% healthy.
- Wash Hands as Often as Possible: This should go without saying, but it bears repeating. Wash for 20 seconds with warm water and soap. Can’t get to a sink? Sanitize. Remember to keep hands away from eyes, nose and mouth. Avoid touching any public surface such as flushers, sink handles, and counter tops.
- Keep Personal Belongings Off of Floors and Counters: Use hooks, invest in a cross body bag so you are free to wash your hands and do other things without it touching any germy area, door handle, etc.
- Wear Socks Through Security: Avoid going barefoot. The ground is dirty and you can easily contract a foot fungus or worse.
On The Flight
- Sanitize Your Seating Area: Bring a travel pack of Lysol Wipes just for this purpose. Be sure to wipe down arm rests, touch screens, tray tables, and seats. This is done between flights as well, but you can never be too careful.
- Point the Overhead Air Vent Down: When the current flows vertically in front of your face, it keeps the air clean for you to breathe, pushing the germs away.
- Notify an Attendant if You Notice Someone Who is Visibly Ill: They will take the necessary precautions to keep everyone as germ free as possible.
- Bring Your Own Travel Pillow and Try to Sleep: It’s hard, but try to sleep as much as possible. Avoid the airline provided pillows. Try the Twist Memory Foam Pillow. It conforms to your neck and head for the ultimate support and comfort. You will be sleeping like a baby in no time!
- Use Overhead Compartments Instead of Seat Back Pockets: Grubby hands touch everything. Seat back pockets are usually fabric of some kind and harder to clean properly. It’s better to avoid them completely.
- Hydrate: Flying is very dehydrating. Drinking water combats everything from jet lag to toxins in your system. Adding a hydration supplement such as Hi-Lyte Electrolyte Replacement Tablets will reduce cramping, nausea, and fatigue.
- Wash Your Hands Often: No explanation necessary.
- Pack a Travel Scarf or Extra Sweater: Planes are known to be frigid in summer or winter. Whether they just haven’t turned the heat up enough or the A/C is blasting, it’s a smart to pack an extra layer. A travel scarf doubles as a blanket, pillow or wrap, and is great any time of year in any chilly situation.
- Pack a Carry On Survival Kit- This kit should include nasal spray, Advil or Tylenol, tissues, and electrolyte tablets.
- Wear Glasses Instead of Contact Lenses: If you have built in eye protection, use it! It will act as a shield against, sneezes, coughs and even your own dirty fingers.
On the Trip
- PaceYourself: Get reasonable amounts of sleep. Try to keep a normal routine and don’t overdo it. It’s hard, especially when you have limited time, but it’s better than being sick the entire trip.
- Walk Everywhere You Can: Fresh air and exercise does a body good. It keeps you healthy and energized, plus it combats all of extra pastries that you indulged in that morning!
- Eat Healthy Foods: Try to keep a balanced diet, even though it is more challenging on vacation, and don’t forget breakfast!
- Hydrate: Keep water on you at all times. It’s a pain to carry but if you bring the right crossover bag, you won’t even notice the extra weight.
- Protect Your Skin: Don’t forget sunscreen!
- Keep Wet Naps and Sanitizer Handy: You never know when you will be in a bathroom that ran out of soap.
- Find the Least Crowded Spot Possible on Public Transportation: Stay far away from people. Walk, if it’s an option. You see and experience more that way, anyway. If you do have to take public transportation, find a seat. Germs run rampant on straps and handle bars.
- Pack a First Aid Kit- Medicine can be expensive or even unavailable abroad. Be sure to include the basics such as Tylenol/ Advil, vitamin C with zinc tablets, band aids, antibiotic ointment, anti-itch cream, cold & flu medication, dramamine, indigestion tablets, allergy medication, tissues and any prescription drugs you may take.
- The CDC does not recommend wearing a mask unless you fear you are infected. If so, it will help to prevent the spread of the virus.
- Don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth
- wash your hands for at least 20 secs and if you can’t, sanitize with 50% alcohol
Summing It Up
Nothing can put a damper on a dream vacation like a bout of the stomach bug. Keep these precautions in mind on your next adventure to get the most out of your travel experience.