6 Tips for Staying Healthy while Abroad
For many, the winter months are an excuse to take some time off and head off somewhere with a warmer climate. However, all of this can be completely ruined if you find yourself falling ill during vacation. But there are simple things any traveler can do to limit the possibility of being sick while abroad. Here are six helpful tips that should help you stay healthy during your next vacation.
1. Drink Plenty of Water
If you are going somewhere that is hot, drinking water is vital to ensure that you will not become dehydrated. Depending on your location, you would be better off sticking to bottled water to ensure that there are no hidden bacteria in your drink that could cause further problems for you.
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2. Boost your Immunity
A lot easier than you think. If you don't have a routine already, start taking supplements about a week or so before your vacation so that your body is prepared for a new environment. You don't have to go over the top. Just a daily vitamin, a drink high in vitamin C and a probiotic drink of some kind. Continue to take these during your vacation to ensure that your immunity is at its peak.
3. Stay Safe in the Sun
Sunscreen, sunglasses and hats are a must if you are in countries with a lot of heat and sunshine. Aim for the highest factor sunscreen that you can - especially where children are involved.
4. Get all your Shots
Important vaccines to get before you leave for a vacation includes hepatitis A, B and of course the influenza virus. In a recent article, students studying for an MPH degree - master of public health - at The University of Arizona reported that the 2016/2017 flu season is underway; with millions catching it and some even being hospitalized. The last thing you want is to get the flu while you’re in a faraway location. Not only will it completely ruin a good time, but you might not get the level or quality of attention would you get at home.
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5. Wash your hands
Good hand hygiene should be something that you practice all of the time, but it is even more important when on vacation. By washing your hands (particularly before eating) you ensure that the spread of infection is seriously reduced. The best advice is to make sure that you keep a small bottle of hand gel with you in the event of lack of facilities.
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6. Rest Up Before You Travel
Try to maintain a good amount of sleep just before you go away and during your vacation. This will allow your body a chance to repair and recuperate. It's tempting to be on the go 24/7 whilst you're away so that you can make the most of your time away, but you'll appreciate the break so much more if you take the time to get a good night's sleep.
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Holidays are a great way to rest up and recuperate in preparation for the New Year. But unless you stay safe, you could find yourself more stressed out than when you left.