The Do’s and Don’ts of Staying Healthy While Traveling

 

When you plan a vacation, you hope to make the most of every second you spend traveling. Sometimes, though, pursuing a getaway with reckless abandon can leave you sneezing at your desk when you get back or worse—hiding out in your hotel room with a fever. To avoid getting sick during your time away, here are the essentials of a healthy holiday.

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Do:

Drink plenty of water.

Staying hydrated is one of your strongest lines of defense against germs while on the road. Aim to drink as many ounces as half your weight in pounds. So, if you weigh 130 pounds, your target for water consumption should be at least 65 ounces. If you’re traveling outside your home country, consider investing in a reusable water bottle with a filter. When visiting a new place, your body may not be accustomed to the local bacteria in the tap water. A filter or sealed water bottles will assure you don’t get sick from unfamiliar H2O.

Pack smart.

For any flight you board, always pack travel-sized disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizer in your carry-on—you’ll need them. Airplane cabins are notoriously petri dishes to germs brought on by each customer; studies have even shown that the tray table at your seat houses eight times the amount of microorganisms as the restroom flush button, with 2,155 colony-forming units of bacteria per square inch. To put that into perspective, the average toilet at home has 127 units of germs per square inch. Before taking a seat, use those wipes to clean the armrests and headrests, the belt buckle, and the all-important tray table.

Boost your immunity.

Vitamin C is your immune system’s most prominent supporter. Whether you’re hopping on a germ-infested plane or feeling a cold coming on, take a supplement that contains this essential vitamin for a quick immune enhancement. ItSpray’s BOOSTit provides the supportive properties of zinc, vitamin C, and echinacea in a convenient, TSA-approved bottle. Just spritz up to seven sprays under your tongue and head on your way.

Don’t:

Ditch your diet.

Vacationers often put healthy eating habits on hiatus during their travels, calling for that extra dessert or fruity cocktail they wouldn’t usually order. While these trips are an opportunity to let loose and enjoy a break from your routine, try to disperse some nutritious meals throughout your days of feasting. Your immune system thrives on colorful fruits and vegetables to stay healthy, and disrupting a typically balanced diet can leave your body vulnerable to disease. To offset this issue, try to implement one thoughtfully balanced meal per day of vacation.

Overfill your trip itinerary.

If you’re the type to pack as many activities into a vacation as possible, consider pacing yourself a little more. Booking up every second of the day discourages self-care and leads to rash decisions regarding nutrition and sleep—two key ingredients of a healthy immune system. While you sleep, the number of white blood cells increases in your body, which protects you against disease. When you are sleep deprived, you prohibit the immune system from fostering this supply. Instead, book a night in during your stay or choose a more latent task one afternoon to allow yourself to relax.

Head back to work immediately after your trip.

Despite your best efforts to take a break during this escape, you’re likely going to return home feeling like you need another vacation. To recover, make sure you plan an extra day to relax at home before heading back to work. By allowing yourself another day off without the attractions that visiting a new place can provide, you can focus on rest instead of giving into the experiential mentality a trip encourages. With this extra time to yourself in the comfort of your own home, you’ll return to work with your best foot forward instead of with the sniffles.

 

When in need of a portable pick-me-up for your getaway, pack itSpray in your carry-on. Our vitamin-packed bottles can help you stay healthy, energized, and well-rested on vacation, at home, or any time you need a boost. For more information about our collection of sprays, call (813) 603-8190 today.


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