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How to Avoid Getting Sick While Traveling

September 17th, 2019

Travel Stress

No matter where you're going or why, you want to get the most out of your travels. When you get sick on your trip, it can make your time a lot less pleasant or make you miss out on activities entirely. Sometimes getting sick is unavoidable, but there are things you can do to reduce your risk.

These are a few of our best tips to help you avoid sickness while you travel.

How to Stay Healthy When You Travel

1. Always Wash Your Hands

Whenever you get a chance, wash your hands. Whatever your reason is for traveling, you'll be touching things in a number of public areas, from public transportation to stores. If you're visiting a big city, you may come in contact with lots more people than you normally would.

By washing your hands frequently, you're getting rid of the bacteria and germs on your hands that you could get you sick. As an alternative to washing your hands, it can be a big help to bring a travel-size bottle of hand sanitizer.

2. Stay Active, but Don't Overdo It

While it's important to remain active even when you travel, you also want to be careful not to overdo it. If you get overly tired, your body gets worn down — which can make it harder to fight off illness.

If you're doing a lot of walking, for example, be sure you drink plenty of water and take breaks when you need to. Don't push yourself to the point of exhaustion. When you maintain a balance between moving around and resting, it can help you stay healthy and happy during your travels.

3. Get Enough Sleep

Similar to the exercise tip, not getting enough sleep can make it more likely that you'll get sick. It may be tempting to stay out late and get up early to get the most out of your excursion, but you shouldn't let it affect your sleep schedule too much.

When you travel across time zones, you may suffer from jet lag, which can disrupt your sleep schedule. If you find yourself feeling tired, don't be afraid to go to bed early or take a nap!

4. Get Vaccinated If Necessary

Different destinations have more cases of certain diseases than other places. While you're planning your trip, you may come across advisories to get vaccinated for some of these diseases.

Getting these vaccinations won't be the most pleasant thing in the world, but you'll be thankful for it later on. The discomfort from the shots is much better than contracting the disease itself.

Learning how to avoid travel sickness is one way to prepare for an upcoming trip. Another is finding reliable transportation. If you're flying, you have several options for getting to the airport. When you choose SuperShuttle, you'll have a safe, reliable and affordable way to get to the airport on time and to get back home. Book your ride with us today!

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