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Having a cold while traveling is a very common thing for me, and never fun. Getting sick isn't surprising when you think about what you're neglecting during travel. Here are a few things to keep in mind while adventuring around to increase you chances of staying healthy:
1. Wash your hands frequently - This sounds easy enough but when you are on the go at the airport and trying to get to your destination it's easy to forget to sanitize you hands. Solution: anti-bacterial hand lotion or anti-bacterial wet-wipes. Also, refrain from any of the following: Picking your nose (Yes, you. You know you do it!), rubbing your eyes and/or biting your finger nails (Eeew, there's so many germs under there).
2. Eat healthy and regularly - This means sticking to your normal diet as much as possible. It's not only important to eat at the same times as your usual routine, but eating similar foods is important for your digestive system, too. Add a bit of fiber and fruits to your travel diet because it's easy to become constipated while consuming airport and hotel food that are loaded with sodium and can dehydrate you. So, drink lots of water. Eat healthy and you will have more energy!
3. Get plenty of rest - A well rested traveler can make better decision when faced with changing itineraries at the airport, they can protect their belongings from theft by staying alert and sleep will boost your immune system. Keep in mind that we heal in our sleep. Your body has time to fend off infections while sleeping. If you have been getting plenty of sleep your body's immune system will be prepared to fight when you're exposed to the flu and/or common cold.
4. Take exactly what you need - bring along a few over the counter medications just in case. Foreig countries don't have the same types of drug store products that we have in the US, so if you use something on a daily basis, then you should bring it with you. For example, anti-diarrhea pills, antacids, aspirin, cold medicine etc. It's sometimes hard to find the basic things you need when traveling, especially if you are in another country. Most importantly, don't forget your prescriptions.
5. Vaccines - Do a little research into what vaccines you've had, and then compare them to what you might need for traveling to foreign countries. A great resource for researching your vaccine needs is the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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I hope this helps. For in-depth information on staying healthy while traveling visit:
sbluggage.com - Locall travel supply store
eHow.com - How to boost your immune system to avoid...
5 Great Ways To Boost Your Immune System by The Undercover Nutritionist