The healthy traveler

sick woman calling doctor urgently at the airportYour vacation has been planned for months. Your business trip has been on the schedule for weeks. You don’t have time to be sick! Next time, you will make sure this doesn’t happen. You will be a healthy traveler! Here’s how:

Keep germs away. Think of all the things you touch that others also touch. If you aren’t able to use hand sanitizer or wash your hands frequently, just keep your hands away from your nose and mouth. Your belongings also may pick up germs from floors and counters. Use disinfecting wipes on surfaces before you set down your belongings or on the bottoms of your belongings after you pick them back up.

Keep alert. If you notice someone who looks ill or is coughing or sneezing, keep your distance.

Keep active. Stay active when you travel, especially if you will be sitting for long periods of time. Sometimes this is as simple as using a hotel’s fitness center, walking around the neighborhood or airport to explore, or even doing some exercises that use your own body weight.

Keep eating well and stay hydrated. Bring healthy snacks you enjoy, which also will save you money. And make sure you drink plenty of water. It’s easy to become dehydrated when you travel.

Keep Calm. Traveling can be stressful, even if a vacation is your destination. Find a healthy way to relieve your stress, such as exercise, yoga, reading, or even coloring. And don’t forget to stay flexible when travel arrangements change.

Keep rested. Time changes and the excitement of traveling may leave you more awake than usual, but try to stay well rested. Sleep is important to keeping your body healthy. Make sure you’re getting enough before your trip.

If you do find yourself ill and needing medical attention while traveling, find a doctor or medical facility through your policy. If you intend to travel internationally, it is a good idea to contact your independent insurance agent ahead of time so you know your options. We’re here to help you navigate the complexities of health insurance … and life!