Preventing Illness When Travelling

Getting sick is never fun, especially when you're trying to enjoy your vacation. Instead of having to stay in your hotel room, you can follow some simple advice and head off some of the most common vacation sicknesses. And the best part is that this advice works well at any time of the year.

Make sure you visit a travel health clinic before you go!

  1. Wash your hands frequently - By simply washing your hands before eating or touching your face, you can reduce the possibility of getting sick on your vacation. Germs from money, surfaces, and other people tend to reside on your hands, which makes them the perfect breeding ground for your next vacation illness. But if you take the time to soap up your hands and wash under warm water for about a minute, you will lessen their ability to stick around.
  2. Don't drink the water - No matter where you are, it's always a good idea to not drink the water. This also means that you don't want to have any ice in your drinks as well. Ask for bottled water or bottled beverages.
  3. Don't eat anything that's not fully cooked - When you're travelling in a new area, it's always a good idea to avoid raw and uncooked foods, unless you're absolutely sure they're safe. Things like salads, sushi, etc. can all harbour food related illnesses and can cause you to become very ill. Try to stick with hot foods, pastries, or other well-cooked meals.
  4. Have your shots updated - If you're travelling to a foreign country, it's never a bad idea to have a few immunizations before you go. Get inoculated for the local diseases as well as your tetanus shot updated as well as a hepatitis A and B shot, if available.
  5. Get checked out by a doctor before you go - Try to make sure that you're already in good health before you leave and if not, try to get well before you go on your vacation. Minor things like sniffles and colds can turn into more major problems when you're travelling.
  6. Get enough sleep - When you're on vacation, it's tempting to try to do everything, see everything, and simply wear yourself out each day. And while this might not end up making you sick on your vacation, it will certainly increase your risk. Try to rest during the day, especially when you're jumping time zones.
  7. Take your vitamins with you - To make sure that you're still getting your nutrients, try to bring your vitamins with you and take a multivitamin each day.
  8. Drink a lot of water - Make sure that you're staying well-hydrated when you're on vacation. This will help your body fend off any germs that you may encounter.
  9. Take your medications - If you're being advised to take certain medications, be sure to maintain that schedule when you're on vacation. Simply use a watch with a timer to keep those medications in your system when they should be.
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