The arrival of spring means spring break travel for many, or making plans for your big trip this summer. With all of the excitement and planning that goes into your getaway, you don’t want your much-anticipated vacation to be ruined because of an illness. Consider these five basic tips to make your travels healthier, no matter the time of the year!
- Wash or Sanitize Your Hands. Practicing good hand hygiene is an easy and highly effective way to help fight germs while traveling. Before boarding a plane or train, wash your hands with soap and water for at least 15-20 seconds, making sure to rub your whole hand, and help young children do the same. Be sure to pack a travel-sized alcohol-based hand sanitizer, like PURELL® Advanced Hand Sanitizer, to sanitize your hands, when soap and water are not available, at key moments like before you eat and after sneezing or coughing.
- Stay Hydrated. It’s easy to lose track of how much water you’ve had when you’re traveling, so pack a water bottle and take it with you everywhere. Particularly watch your water intake on hot days or when activity level is increased. Dehydration can cause a variety of health ailments, including headaches, muscle cramps and confusion. If traveling on a plane, carry on a bottle of water – the water on planes can contain E. coli, which can cause diarrhea and stomach cramps.
- Get Moving. You’ve likely been sitting at your desk too much, so take advantage of your vacation time and work in a variety of fun physical activities, like walking, biking, dancing, playing volleyball or swimming. It doesn’t need to be hard to be beneficial. It will improve your mood and help with stress.
- Eat healthy. We aren’t saying not to enjoy a treat or two on your trip, but keep it in moderation and work in a variety of healthy foods, including plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean meats and low-fat dairy products.
- Carry disinfectant wipes. Wipe down those high-touch germy areas like airplane tray tables and arm rests, hotel room television remotes, and don’t forget your cell phone!
No matter where your travels take you, may they be fun and healthy! Safe travels!