With over half of the country currently in the Polar Vortex deep-freeze, travel can be chaotic and stressful. Stress, as we know, can make your body more susceptible to illness, and traveling while sick is miserable. So what can you do to decrease your chances of catching something while away from home?
- Carry tissues with you. It seems simplistic but they are also preventative in that they can be a barrier if you are speaking with someone who is coughing and sniffing. Holding it up over your face can help keep germs away.
- Hand sanitizer comes in small bottles that can fit in your quart-sized plastic bag for your carry-on on the plane.
- Concerned that the last person who used your seat didn’t have any hand sanitizer? Sanitizing wipes easily fit in your pocket or purse and are usually cheaply found in the dollar aisle of most stores.
- Keep drinking water! Staying hydrated can provide your body with an extra boost that we so often need without realizing it.
- There are preventative over-the-counter immune boosters you can purchase – they are a lot cheaper than a doctor’s co-pay. Carry them along with some pain reliever and lip moisturizer. Flying or certain climates can dry out your mucous membranes, so some people even recommend an OTC nasal solution.
- When eating out, consume some protein, fruit and vegetables if possible. If you’re carrying food with you, be sure you have the means to keep it cold if it has any dairy/egg or other products that need to be refrigerated. Food poisoning can really put a damper on your trip. An orange can provide great Vitamin C and doesn’t take up much room.
- If you or someone traveling with you is prone to motion sickness, talk to your pharmacist or medical professional about what item is best to take with you. A simple method to help can be dried ginger, or in a pinch, ginger snap cookies.
- Inquire where the hospitals are, just in case. If you have a rental car, you’ll be able to locate medical care quickly instead of having to find someone when you’re in a hurry; your hotel should also be able to arrange transportation or get you a taxi, so don’t be afraid to ask.
- While this one won’t necessary prevent you from getting ill, it’s still important: don’t forget your medical insurance card! Keep it along with your doctor’s information and any prescription medication information together in your purse or luggage. (And if there was an urgent situation and you’re alone, this can help authorities contact those that know you best.)
Sometimes illness is unavoidable but after you’ve taken all the time to plan and spent a lot of money on your dream vacation or important business trip, getting sidelined for an illness can change all the memories you’ll have from good to bad. Stay healthy and travel safe. (And take a #FoxRoadtrip when you can!)