Staying Healthy While Traveling
December 1, 2009 | Permalink
With seasonal flu, the H1N1 and the common cold all threatening your travel plans, Road Warrior thought this was a good time to discuss staying healthy while traveling.
World renowned travel writer Rick Steves recently published an article about staying well during your next European vacation that frankly has great ideas for domestic travelers as well.
After all, you don’t have to go to Europe to suffer jet lag. A cross country trek can really mess with your body clock. When traveling from west to east, try to rise early on travel day, and don’t wait until you are tired to go to bed. Flying from east to west brings the opposite problem. If at all possible, remain awake as late into the evening as you can. Getting acclimated to local time quickly also helps you stay healthy.
As children we were told to wash our hands frequently. The same advice goes for travelers today. All sorts of bacteria travel with us, making a good quality hand sanitizer an important travel accessory. According to a New York Times article, to be most effective, liquid sanitizers should contain between 60% and 95% alcohol.
Doctors recommend drinking plenty of fluids when we become ill, so it makes sense to remain hydrated when we travel. Avoiding alcohol and caffeinated beverages while flying is a good start. Once you reach your destination, stock up on fruit juices and sports drinks, like Gatorade. Each of the nearly 700 Extended Stay Hotels includes a full size refrigerator to keep drinks and other healthy fresh foods safe and cold.
If the worst does happen and you do become ill while traveling, don’t panic. The website essortment.com offers some good suggestions for dealing with common colds. Clearly, the best place to be when a cold strikes is your own home. When that isn’t possible, the fully equipped kitchens at Extended Stay Hotels let you fix and store all the nutritious food you need to nurse yourself back to good health.
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