When traveling a long distance, there are various factors that could affect the health of your family. On planes, ships, and trains, you are likely to be in proximity to many other people, some of whom could have infectious illnesses. Another risk to health is contaminated tap water in certain areas, which can cause illness. The increased stress you experience when traveling can result in a weakened immune system, making you even more susceptible. Staying healthy can be difficult when you’re away from all the routines you follow at home. Here are some ways to keep your family healthy when travelling long distance.

Family healthy when travelling long distance

Ultimate Guide to keeping family healthy when travelling long distance

Stay hydrated

While traveling, especially if the weather is hot, you need to drink more fluids. Staying hydrated ensures your body functions correctly. Viruses incubate in congested, air-conditioned airports and planes, infecting you more easily when your body is stressed. Staying hydrated helps your immune system function at its best so you can fight off germs and viruses while traveling. If the local water supply isn’t safe in your destination, make sure you get into the routine of sipping bottled water throughout the day.

A hydration drip is a good way to rehydrate your body if you experience symptoms of dehydration after a long plane trip. Drip Hydration, Reviv, and NutriDrip offer mobile IV therapy in New York City. It also offers a drip that boosts your immune system, so you are better able to combat illness. Licensed nurses will administer the drip at the location where you are staying.

Be conscious of the food you eat

One of the reasons you may enjoy traveling is because of the foods you can enjoy eating that you don’t get at home. You must be conscious about when, how, and what you eat if you’re not cooking, especially if someone has food allergies or sensitivities. You don’t want to end up sick on vacation due to stomach flu.

It can be tempting to overindulge while on vacation, but you should try to moderate your diet. If you’re walking around and craving a snack, go for healthy options like smoothies instead of French fries. It also helps to have your own nutritious snacks when traveling so you aren’t tempted by junk food.

Check out healthy snack ideas for toddlers. 

When possible, try to get accommodations including a kitchen, so you can prepare some of your own meals.  Many places have farmer’s markets where you can stock up on veggies and fruit. Healthy food choices boost your immunity and can prevent you from becoming ill.

Make an effort to get enough sleep

Varying sunrise and sunset times in different time zones can wreak havoc on your normal sleep routines, which is commonly known as jet lag. You can prepare ahead of time by altering your sleep schedule by an hour or two in the few days leading up to travel.  Once you arrive, you should adopt a sleep schedule appropriate for your destination as soon as possible.  Spending time outside in natural light will also help your body adjust.

Keep an emergency/travel hygiene kit

It is always good to be prepared for unexpected situations while traveling. Here are some helpful items to keep in your travel kit:

  • Earbuds
  • Cotton balls
  • Band-aids
  • Paracetamol
  • Sunscreen
  • Probiotics
  • Anti-diarrhea medication
  • Anti-nausea medication
  • Antiseptics, antibiotic ointment, and bandages
  • Eye drops
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Antibacterial wipes
  • Tweezers
  • Bottle of water

Prevent the spread of germs

Hand hygiene is important while traveling because 80% of germs are spread through touch. Touching a surface where bacteria are lurking, such as the seatbelt of a plane or a baggage trolley, and then touching your nose or mouth could cause you to become ill. Have a hand sanitizer available for use when you can’t wash your hands with soap and water. It should contain at least 60% alcohol to reduce germs on your hands.

You should also use antibacterial wipes to disinfect airplane seats, tray tables, etc., and doorknobs, light switches, and remote controls in your accommodation when you arrive. Remember to disinfect food court tabletops before your family sits down to eat.

Protect your skin

The skin is the largest organ in the body, so it’s important to keep it protected. An insect repellant may be necessary to fight off bugs that bite in certain destinations. Sunscreen is also essential to protect your family’s skin from harmful UV rays. Insist that everyone wears hats and protective clothing in the sun too. If traveling to a cold destination, make sure everyone has protective clothing and moisturizers to help limit exposure to cold temperatures.

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