Whether you travel for work or for pleasure, getting sick is always a risk. And if you do get sick, it can completely undermine the purpose of your travel. It’s hard to have a good time or be productive while you’re sick. 

So it’s important to take all the steps you can to avoid getting sick when you travel. Here are some important tips to help you avoid getting sick. However, it’s possible that the most important tool you can use to protect yourself is NuCalm
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Tips to Avoid Getting Sick When You Travel

There are many potential tips people will give you about avoiding sickness when you travel, but you might not know which are the most reliable. In all honesty, the truth is that many of these tips haven’t been scientifically tested, let alone confirmed. However, some of the advice that is most consistent and seems to have the most scientific validity are:

  • Take vitamins before you travel
  • Wash hands frequently 
  • Don’t touch anything you don’t need to
  • Stay well hydrated
  • Watch what you eat
  • Use air currents to your advantage

There is no good evidence that taking a multivitamin will prevent you from getting sick. Don’t count on the vitamins to act rapidly however: start taking a multivitamin days before you travel. 

One scientifically verified way to protect yourself from illness is to keep your hands clean. Your hands are most likely to be the vector that conveys bacteria to you. Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Along these lines, don’t touch anything you don’t need to. Bring your own reading material and devices so you don’t have to touch public resources. 

It’s also important to stay hydrated when you travel. It is especially critical on the airplane, where humidity can be extremely low, causing your mucus membranes to dry out. This means they can’t trap and germs, which instead drift right into your body. 

Be aware of what you’re eating. Stick to hot food prepared in popular restaurants to reduce your risk. Be cautious of food from roadside stands. Only eat fresh fruit that has a thick, peelable rind. And even then it’s not a bad idea to wash it with bottled or purified water before peeling and eating.

You can also help protect yourself by reducing exposure to other people’s germs. If you can get a window seat, do it. People on the aisle might be more likely to contract certain germs. If you are in a more exposed position, you can use the air blower to try to create a current that diverts germs before they reach you. 

Better Rest Is the Lynchpin

And, of course, it’s vitally important that you are getting enough rest. If you aren’t sleeping properly when you travel, you are much more likely to get sick. The problem is that travel can wreak havoc on your normal sleep cycle. In addition to being in a different time zone, it’s harder to follow good sleep hygiene. 

As far as sleep hygiene goes, do what you can. Try to reduce the light level in the room as much as you can while you sleep. Also, try not to go too crazy with either caffeine or alcohol. Even when you’re traveling for fun, shoot for moderate increases above your normal consumption.

But perhaps the best way to make sure you can sleep when you travel and when you get back is to use NuCalm. NuCalm has the ability to control your autonomic nervous system. One of the most powerful effects of this is that it can reset your body’s clock. This helps you get more and higher-quality rest before, during, and rapidly after travel. 

NuCalm: Your Healthy Travel Tool

If you have travel coming, up there are many strategies you can try to try to stay healthy on this trip. Make NuCalm one of your choices and you won’t regret it.