I know when you go on vacation the last thing on your mind is taking extra precautions to not get sick or to not get some sort of “exotic” disease. Like now, everyone has a fear of the Coronavirus, COVID-19. Everyone is headed towards Spring Break and have plans and may be making plans to go away. So, now more than ever it is important to know how to keep yourself healthy while you’retraveling domestically and abroad. Recently, I have had friends cancel trips, refuse to cancel trips and some that are just unsure of what to do. As I type this, there is a cruise ship with about 3500 people aboard circling off the coast of Californiabecause 21 people aboard have tested positive for the Coronavirus. I remember my first cruise, it was 7 day of sun and fun. About 3 days in, I started to experience a sore throat and fatigue. I went to the store onboard, purchased some Airborne and started downing bottled water like I was in the Sahara. Things turned around and I made sure I kept my hand sanitizer on me as well.
So, how do you stay healthy in situations concerning travel? In cases such as viruses, it is a difficult course to traverse. A cruise ship is basically a small floating city with people in close quarters. The longer the duration of the cruise, the greater the chance of becoming ill from a contagious respiratory illness. However, if you are traveling by car, plane or train you are better equipped to care for yourself, your surroundings and a greater chance of stayinghealthy.
Before you go, there are someprophylacticmeasures you can take to remain as healthy as possible. I recommend doing as much as possible to boost your immune system before you go. If you know weeks in advance of travel, start then. Increase your sleep, lessen your stress and drink lots of water. If you have a weakened immune system or immunocompromised, stay away from individuals who are sick or exhibiting signs of illness. If you drink, even socially – limit or stop drinking before you go. My #1 rule is to wash your hands constantly. We touch so many things that are breeding grounds for bacteria and germs and we can never wash our hands enough. I repeat, WASH YOUR HANDS!
I know I said to get sufficient rest already, but resting is doubly important if you’re traversing time zones. Travel puts a strain on your body and sleep/rest is the great equalizer. We often don’t realize how tired we are from traveling until we get back home and think, “I need a vacation, from vacation.” Don’t forget to take your vitamins and boost up with Emergen-C…if that’s your thing. I keep Emergen-C in my first aid travel kit. (Which everyone shouldhave one). You may want to know my personal touches I add, so here we go:
– I keep wet wipes, hand sanitizer, and antibacterial wipes at the ready. I always pack extra, extra-becauseeverything is so full of germs and the most commonly touched surfaces are the least cleaned ones. When you do not have access to regular soap and water, these will save you from the lurking germs.
– If you are staying at a hotel, vacation rental, or Air BnB…bring a cleaning kit. Yes, I travel with a cleaning kit or I stop and purchase one when I get to my destination. It will more than likely contain: Clorox wipes, liquid Lysol and Lysol wipes, as well as Lysol spray and antibacterial hand soap. Some of these items can even be used to clean your area if you are using public modes of transportation. I am a firm believer that it isn’t clean until I clean it and the older I get the more I believe it.
To conclude…I’ll say what I’ve said when something new and nasty has come out of the “permafrost” so to speak, use common sense and discretion. You know what is best for you and your family, but if you decide to take the trip take the necessary precautions for you and your family to have a fun trip devoid of paranoia!
If you have any additional tips or travel stories, please share and leave a comment.
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