Holiday Travel? Prevent Illness With These Tips
By Genevieve Cunningham
The holiday season brings an influx of certain things into our lives. Presents. Food. Family. Most of the things that come into our lives during the holidays are good things. But there are plenty of negative things as well. Bills. Weight. Travel. And the very unfortunate influx of illness. While you can't prevent all of these, there may be things that you can do to limit the amount of illness during your constant travel. If you want to stay well and enjoy travel this holiday season, take a look at these tips to help protect your body and mind.
Use Prevention Techniques Religiously
When we travel, we're exposed to new people and new germs. If you want to stay well, this is a great time to meticulously follow prevention techniques. Wash your hands frequently. Carry hand sanitizer. Cover your nose and mouth in heavily populated areas. Take a little extra Vitamin C to boost the immune system. This may not prevent all illness, but it will definitely give you a better chance of skipping the germs and staying well.
Get Necessary Vaccinations
Depending on where you're traveling, certain vaccinations may actually be required. Make sure that you've protected yourself by getting these in plenty of time. It takes approximately two weeks for your body to develop antibodies, so don't wait until the last minute. If you have any questions or concerns regarding vaccines, just ask a trusted healthcare professional for advice.
Keep Your Distance
Don't be afraid to stay away from people. It's not rude. It's not antisocial. It's smart! You don't have to make small talk at the airport. You don't have to sit in the middle of the crowd. Do what's necessary to protect yourself by staying a safe distance away from others. Close proximity passes germs more quickly and effectively, so keep your distance and keep yourself safe.
Travel is hard on the body. It's exhausting. Once you arrive at your destination -- or even along the way -- make sure that you're getting plenty of rest. If you skip the sleep, you're risking a weakened immune system, aches and pains, exhaustion, and moodiness. Do yourself and everyone around you a favor and get plenty of rest while you're on-the-go.
Travel definitely increases your risk of exposure to germs and illness. But you can protect yourself! Use these tips to travel in a safe and healthy way this holiday season so that you can enjoy your family, friends, and life in general all season long.
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