How to avoid getting sick while traveling


cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze

Related Articles

When traveling, the last thing you want to worry about is getting sick. Avoid the spread of germs, altitude sickness, common allergens and foodborne illness with these proven tips.


Prevent the spread of germs

Arm yourself with germ-fighting tools and immunity boosters to prevent viral and bacterial illnesses. When traveling, prepare a small bag with hand sanitizer, nasal spray and a multivitamin containing vitamin A. Nutritionist Lona Sandon notes that “vitamin A helps keep skin and mucous membranes in the nose and mouth healthy, so they can act as a protective barrier against bacteria and viruses.” Nasal irrigation will also keep nasal passages moist, and can clear out unwanted bacteria and allergens.


Stay hydrated

When traveling at high altitudes, dehydration is commonly mistaken for altitude sickness. This is because at higher elevations, water vapor can get lost from your lungs at a more rapid rate. If you’re experiencing headaches, fatigue and/or dizziness, try drinking 1 liter of water. If symptoms disappear, dehydration may have been the culprit.


Bring your own pillow and blanket

If you suffer from allergies, using your own hypoallergenic pillow and blankets can make all the difference. It can minimize your exposure to dust mites and other invisible allergens. Furthermore, ask your hotel if they offer hypoallergenic rooms. Some hotels will go to great lengths to purify the room by cutting out bacteria, pollen, dust, dust mites and possible irritants.


Avoid the most common foods susceptible to bacteria

To avoid foodborne illness when traveling, stay clear from cold meat platters, buffet foods and unsealed mayo. In addition, the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention recommends sending meat back if it appears pink or red, and asking a server if pasteurized eggs are used before ordering egg dishes or French toast at a restaurant.