With Ebola ravaging Africa, the Flu getting deadlier every year and countless other ailments that can be had by just tasting the water in a far off land, preventive health before traveling is very important.
Here are some tips to help you stay healthy before and while you travel next.
1. Visit a Travel Doctor
Believe it or not, there are doctors that specialize in travel. Ask your general practitioner if he can recommend you one. They will ask you where you’re going and are usually very knowledgeable about what diseases you should be inoculated for beforehand or provide you insight into ways to stay healthy while traveling. Here is a good vaccination guide that will tell you which vaccines are recommended or required before entering a country, definitely something to check out if your going to be visiting multiple locations like when on a cruise or tour.
Dehydration negatively affects your immune system greatly, and many people become unknowingly dehydrated while traveling, especially flying. Make sure to hydrate 24 hours before you travel, while you travel and even when you get to your destination.
3. Rest Up
Inadequate rest will also seriously depress your immune system. I know you might be anxious for your trip and that might keep you up, but really try and relax the night before heading out so you can be strong and ready to travel as you never know how delays or unexpected things might impact and elongate your trip! This is a very important tip.
4. Wash Your Hands!
This is the oldest one in the book! When traveling, you’re exposed to countless new people and new germs. You’re touching doors, shaking hands and breathing the air in a confined space that other people are coughing and sneezing in. Wash your hands as much as you can with soap for a minimum of 30 seconds.
Do you have any other tips for how to stay healthy while traveling? Share them in the comments below!