Ways To Avoid Becoming Sick On Your Vacation

June 12, 2018

Dreamstime

For all its planning and anticipation, the last thing you want to happen is to become sick on or during your vacation! Unfortunately it kind of happens a lot simply by virtue of how many germs you encounter. But there are some specific things you should watch out for and potentially avoid, so that you put your healthiest foot forward while on vacation. Beware of drinking local water and fruits.  Not all counties and places have the same standards of water purification and the chances of suffering Montezuma’s revenge is real. If traveling outside the United States, do some research into water quality reports.  Many resorts have installed their own water cleaning systems so check beforehand and always wash local fruits and vegetables with purified or bottled water before consuming. As wonder as it may seem to do everything you've always wanted on vacation, be care to not over plan. Packing your schedule to the brim while you travel can lead to over-exertion, which might make you sick. There's no way to directly solve this issue, besides continually reminding yourself to simply relax. You might not see everything you want to see, or do everything you want to do, but you'll feel better while you're traveling, and it'll give you a reason to visit this destination in the future. According to a recent study 3% of travelers suffer from "leisure sickness," which is likely due to the general stress that comes with traveling, including both the psychological effects of transitioning out of your usual schedule, to the physical stress of getting to another place on the globe. Symptoms include headaches, dizziness, fatigue, muscle pain, and nausea. The best thing you can do to combat this is to pay attention to how your own body reacts each time you travel. For example, if you notice how awful you feel after a day of traveling, try to think about whether you drank enough water, ate the right foods, or slept enough. Finally, if you're traveling across several time zones, be mindful of jet lag.  Losing sleep to stay on schedule can make you sick.  Ideally, you want to get yourself into the new time zone by staying up and matching this new area's schedule, but it's not the end of the world if you can't do this immediately. Make sure you get around seven to eight hours of sleep a day is the best way to rest your body and keep your immune system strong during your travels.

SOURCE: Elite Daily

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