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How to Stay Healthy While Traveling

Recommendations to travel or not travel right now are changing by the minute. Whether you must travel now, or your travel plans can wait until COVID-19 cases subside, there are tips you can follow to keep yourself healthy.

How to Stay Healthy While Traveling

  1. Check the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for the latest travel advisories – including COVID-19 travel advisories. The CDC issues travel guidelines based on levels ranging from 1 to 3. Level 3 countries are ones that should be avoided for all nonessential travel because there is widespread, continuous disease transmission. Consider if you would potentially be in large gatherings that would put you or your travel companions at greater risk.

 

  1. Keep your immune system strong even before you travel. Adequate sleep, healthy eating, regular exercise, and stress management all can go a long way in keeping your immune system strong even before you start your journey. As you plan the trip itself, do your best to pick flight times that still give you enough time to catch shuteye.

 

  1. Do some research in advance about the medical services in the country where you are traveling. Consider what would happen if you got sick and had to see a doctor or go to a hospital. In a low- or middle-income country, if the system is already stressed or strained and something happens to you, you would be in a difficult position to get access.

How to Stay Healthy While Traveling

 

  1. Keep up with your vaccinations. The flu vaccine is a basic recommendation for both adults and children, but also find out in advance what vaccines are recommended for where you are traveling. There are a lot of microbes traveling around. Travel is great, but you need to have caution.

 

  1. Wash your hands frequently or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. You’ve heard it over and over because this is one of the top ways to prevent the spread of illness. Wash your hands frequently, including after touching surfaces. Use soap and water for 20 seconds. If that’s not available, then use hand sanitizer.

 

  1. Don’t touch your face. Again, it’s been said repeatedly these past few weeks, but that’s because it’s good advice. It’s because you may touch something, such as a surface that has the virus, and then you might touch your face. The mucous membranes around your mouth, nose and eyes are more likely to pick up the virus.

How to Stay Healthy While Traveling

  1. Take a few extra precautions if traveling by plane. Airlines are currently using hospital-level disinfectants on surfaces, however, there are still some important steps you can take to lower your risk of getting sick during air travel. Use alcohol-based cleaning wipes on high-touch surfaces, such as trays and armrests. Clean those surfaces before you use them. Keep up your hand washing and hand sanitizer use. It’s not always possible on a plane but keep some more space between you and the passengers sitting near you to maintain social distance. If possible, choose a window seat. There is some evidence that those seating areas are associated with less virus transmission.

 

  1. Watch what you eat and drink. Staying well hydrated helps the body in fighting infections, so drink plenty of water. When on the plane, stick with healthy foods that you like and are easily digestible, such as cheese or nuts. Don’t travel if you’re sick. This doesn’t apply only to suspected COVID-19 but any type of illness. The trip will be miserable for you and those around you.