Right now there is a lot of worry about getting sick while travelling, specifically heightened by reports of Coronavirus, AKA Covid-19, infections. If you’re travelling in the near future and want to do everything you can to stay healthy, there are some proven ways that can help prevent the spread of illness. In this blog, we share 5 key ways that can help you strive to stay healthy while travelling.
Sanitize Your Seat With Wipes
Could you guess where all the germ hotspots are on an airplane? We’ll tell you: your tray table and seat pocket. You wouldn’t believe some of the things that people put in their seat pockets — everything from used tissues to dirty diapers. Bring a pack of antibacterial wipes aboard and give your entire seat and tray table a wipe down before you sit. Avoid touching your seat pocket all together, if possible!
Wash Your Hands
This probably sounds obvious, but it’s essential to wash your hands more than you normally would while you’re travelling. This is especially important before eating, after using the bathroom, while travelling on an airplane, or after using public transit. Make it a habit to wash your hands every time you return home, your hotel room, or other locations and supplement with hand sanitizer while you’re out and about.
Get Enough Sleep
Get as much sleep as you can on long flights and when you arrive at your destination, to prevent jet lag. Jet lag is a temporary disorder that results from an imbalance in your circadian rhythm, AKA your body’s natural clock. When you are travelling to a different time zone, you will most likely experience jet lag. When you’re overtired, your immune system suffers and you can be at a higher risk of contracting a bug. Combat this as much as you possibly can by bringing earplugs and a sleep mask on board with you, and if possible, rest for the first day of your trip.
Take A Multivitamin
It’s normal to indulge a little when travelling. Eating different kinds of food or overindulging can throw off your gut and how you feel. Adding a multivitamin to your diet will help to ensure that you are getting essential nutrients, and can prevent you from feeling run down or lethargic.
Purchase Travel Insurance
In the unfortunate event that you do get sick while you’re abroad, you want to be covered. Call your insurance company well before you depart and ask them what’s covered while you are out of the country. You may need to supplement with additional coverage to protect yourself, or print and carry a special card. It’s important to know exactly what coverage you’re entitled to and how to get in touch with your insurance company when you’re out of the country.