9 Ways to Stay Healthy When Traveling

Traveler at Airport, Photo Courtesy of KHM Travel Group

1 Sleep Aid Medication

You can’t usually control how much light or even sound comes into your room or cabin. A sleep mask, ear plugs, white noise machine/phone app or essential oils may help you sleep if it’s not as you need normally to do so.

2 Basic First Aid Kit

A basic first aid kit is handy for minor illnesses or injuries, and should include antibiotic ointment, anti-itch cream, bandages, antacids, pain reliever, & a decongestant. You may also want to consider medications that treat diarrhea, sunburn, or others.

3 Your Personal Prescriptions

Never pack essential medications in checked luggage. Carry enough to last a few extra days, in case of a delay. It’s also smart to bring a copy of your prescriptions or be able to access them online, in case you need a refill while away from home.

4 BYOB – Bring your own (water) Bottle

Hydration is important to keeping good energy levels and staying healthy. Stay on top of this by carrying your own insulated, reusable water bottle. If flying, keep the bottle empty & fill it after you’ve passed through security.

5 Sun Protection

The sun is more damaging and intense in several locations including tropical locations, higher altitudes, or when it reflects off water, sand, or snow. Protect yourself with a high quality sunscreen, sunglasses, and a wide-brimmed hat.

6 Supplements/Vitamins

Taking Vitamin C, D, Zinc, probiotics & other supplements may help boost your immune system. Ask your medical provider for recommendations and appropriate dosages.

7 Face masks

The pandemic has forced our eyes open to the idea of wearing a mask for reducing disease transmission, including the flu or even a cold. Many travelers continue to wear one — even after mask mandates are eliminated, especially in where there are large crowds like on an airplane, or while riding public transportation.

Face Mask & Hand Sanitizer, Photo Courtesy of KHM Travel Group

8 Disinfecting Wipes

Minimizing germs reaching you and your loved ones by wiping down your seat areas, armrests, tray tables, seat belt buckles, air vents, remote controls, cabin or room fixtures like door handles, light switches, bathroom fixtures, & TV remotes is not a bad idea.

9 Hand Sanitizer

Washing with soap and water is important and often times best, but hand sanitizer is convenient for those times when you can’t get to a sink or if you have to touch something to leave the restroom.

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