Don’t Let Sickness Ruin Your Next Vacation or Holiday!

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Don’t Let Sickness Ruin Your Next Vacation or Holiday!

17 Travel Tips to Stay Healthy!

You’ve been planning and anticipating that long-awaited vacation for months. And as your luck would have it that uninvited tag along called sickness decides to yield its ugly head and ruin it for you! Don’t let sickness ruin your next vacation or holiday! Follow these 17 tips to stay healthy while you’re traveling!

1. Keep your nose healthy

Get out the saline, ointment or salve! The nose knows! Airborne germs are one of the top transfer of sickness especially when enclosed in long bus, train and plane rides. The biggest culprit is sneezing and coughing!

Using saline or some sort of nasal mist will help keep your nose moist. Keeping your nose moist helps you flush out germs that cause illness. In addition, things like ointments and salves like bacitracin help keep your nose moist and have an antibacterial to block some of the gems.

2. Hand sanitizer

When you can’t wash your hands, hand sanitizer is the next best things. Hand sanitizer kills 99.9% of germs being spread.

While you’re traveling keep a small bottle in your bag. You’d be amazed at the number of things you put your hands all over while out and about and then touch your face or food causing illness!

3. Disinfection cloths

Disinfection clothes like Clorox clean up or Lysol, help minimize germs when you’re stuck in public places. There help remove sickly germs from airplane seats, windows and arm rest, or other transportation modes. They also come in handy for wiping down tables if you’re eating out.

4. Wash hands

Frequently washing your hands when you can be the #1 way to rid yourself of sickly germs before you spread them to yourself or others.

5. Vitamins

Increasing your vitamin intake before and during your trip can help give your immune system a boost to help ward of illness! I prefer to use powdered form which can be used as a flavorful beverage in bottled water.

6. Water

Drink plenty of water to keep yourself from being dehydrated. Your body need water to function properly. Water helps your body maintain is temperature and flush out toxins. Also, make sure to drink bottled water in some places you visit due to poor water quality. With that also make sure if you purchase bottled water that the seal has not be broken. There are a lot of scams re-bottling water and selling dirty tap water.

7. No ice

Just say no to ice! When you visiting a place that say’s don’t drink the water, well that includes ice as well. Skip the ice in your soft drinks and mixed drinks to avoid illness.

8. Sleep

Make sure you get plenty of sleep. Letting yourself get run down contributes to lowering your immune system response thus causing illness.

9. Sunscreen

Get that sunscreen slapped on your ghostly body. And SPF of 15 or higher is essential in avoiding nasty sunburn which can ruin the rest of your trip.

10. Heat stroke

If you’re traveling somewhere warmer than your used to, make sure to take care and avoid getting heat stroke. Take lots of breaks in the shade, take it easy and drink lots of water.

11. Mosquitos

Especially with the Zilka disease going around avoiding mosquito's is essential in keeping healthy. They spread all kinds of nasty things from illnesses to parasites! When you can use bug spray or bug toilette's. My mom often used Skin So Soft oil from Avon because mosquito's don’t seem to like it and it sells better than bug spray. If need be, check to see if you might need mosquito’s nets for your sleeping quarters!

12. Vaccinated

Depending on where you’re going, speak with your physician before your trip to make sure you are up to date on vaccinations. It’s possible a couple of extra vaccinations are to take precaution against things like malaria!

13. Easy on food foodie!

If you’re a foodie like me than its most likely hard to not want to indulge local food. Depending on where you are traveling local food can be quite harsh on your poor little tummy. Locals are used to the food; you however are not. The best way to avoid diarrhea and stomach upset is to make sure all food is fresh and cooked well. Also, avoid salads and fresh fruits that have to be rinsed with that water your trying to avoid! Stick with fruits that have to be peeled or run the risk of having to search for the toilette's, which in some places you have to pay to use! 

14. Protect Your Ears

Sometimes getting your ears to pop when you’re on a plane or high elevations can be hard and painful if not relieved. The best way to avoid is by chewing gum on take-off or landing. If you have a small child or baby, try scheduling landing or take of as a feeding time for a bottle to help them clear their ears. You can also try plugging your nose and blowing as hard as you can to equalize.

15. Avoid those Kankles!

Swelling legs and feet can be a problem for anyone with deep vein thrombosis or simply age can get you. Using Compression socks on your flight or in high elevation can help keep the swelling to a minimum. Also, getting up during long flights to take a walk down the aisle to get your circulations going is also helpful. Wear comfortable shoes and avoid keeping your bag under seat in front of you, so you can stretch your legs.

16. Exercise

It’s easy to get out of sync with your regular exercise routine and staying healthy, depending on what kind of trip you are taking. Exercise helps boost your immune system, helps with mood and rids your body of toxins through sweat. An easy way to combat is to use hotel gyms or even just going for a walk.

17. don’t overdue the booze – over indulge

Hey you’re on holiday and whether its booze or food it can be easy to overindulge while enjoying the moments. Overindulgence is a huge culprit in feeling sick. Overindulgence runs your body down causing your immune system to weaken its fight against other illnesses.

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  1. Reply

    Oh my goodness #7 It’s so easy to buy your own water then ask for ice forgetting that ice is actually the same water you’re trying to avoid.

    • lex
    • November 14, 2016

    well said, if we can only keep up to all these, easier said than done though but truly this makes alot of sense to me, seeing this as a post on your blog brings relief to me that alot of people who visit this blog regularly are covered and protected already.

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    You have some great tips there and people general forget about most of these things especially washing your hands often. Your tip on so no to ice is something that is easy not to do because people relax and forget that the water is not always clean where they are. I got sick from the water once because the place we were eating at had washed their salad leafs and veggies in the water. Bad mistake and I was sick for two weeks.

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    Great tips! I have a bad habit of rubbing my eyes/nose without thinking about whether I’ve washed my hands lately or what I’ve touched. Really need to be more careful about that especially when traveling. Your tip about the fruits is on point. Unfortunately I had to learn it the hard way, but I am very careful to only eat fruits that you have to peel when I am in certain countries now! Took me a while to figure that one out.

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    The ice tip is so good! I know someone who got sick because they drank a Coke in ice and let the ice melt. Yikes.

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    Great post, great tips! I learned the hard way to order drinks with no ice, after having spent one week running back and forth to the toilet after a week of drinking cocktails with ice in the Dominican Republic…. as for staying in shape, I really should exercise more while on holiday…that’s certain.

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    Great information!! and love the infographic!

  7. Reply

    These are all very useful tips! No one wants to travel sick but sometimes we just can’t avoid it. Thanks for sharing!

    • Naomi
    • November 14, 2016

    Funny way to show people the most important stuff. Unfortunately for me, I happen to get sick on every single trip I take. Sometimes not as bad but no matter what I do, I always get a stomach bug. Sometimes for a day, other times for 2 whole weeks. I hope other people take just as good care of their health with your tips!

    • Katie
    • November 14, 2016

    As a primary school teacher I am so OCD when it comes to germs! This guide is really helpful, nothing is worse than getting ill during your travels! We became so sick in Hong Kong and it ruined our time there! 🙁 Thanks for the tips!

  8. Reply

    It’s crazy how these simple daily things are so helpful. I enjoyed the little pics at the top too!

  9. Reply

    Great tips! I try to do these things and drink a lot of water.

    • Darina
    • November 15, 2016

    I work in an OR as a surgical technologist, my job is to keep everything sterile. I’ve turned into a germ freak afterwards. This is great info thanks for sharing!

    • Jenni Petrey
    • November 15, 2016

    Loads of great tips. A lot of these can also be used day to day at home to stay healthy!

  10. Some great tips here. My biggest mistake is over indulgence. I don’t drink much alcohol at home but decided to have a wild night out whilst away. This means I suffer with a two day hangover and see amazing sights when I am not feeling my best. The older I have got, the less I have done this as I just hate feeling ill.
    All of the other advise is great too. I always drink plenty of water and never take ice in my drinks. Oh and sunscreen. Don’t forget the sunscreen!

    • Nuria
    • November 15, 2016

    Great tips! I always like to try the local food and your advices are on point. It is great to try local food, but is more important to stay healthy!!
    Wash my hands often and do exercise are the ones I used the most when travelling!

    • Julie
    • November 15, 2016

    I love the handy photo list! Over indulging in food gets me every time I travel. It’s so hard to not overdo when there are so many wonderful foods available!

  11. Reply

    great tips! I hate when you get sick on vacation!

  12. Reply

    Great tips. Unfortunately I’ve been sick a few times on my travels, and it’s never fun, but doing these things certainly will help prevent sickness, or lessen the severity of it. One thing I’ve learned when I get sick on the road is to take a few days to rest up. If you’re sick and try to get out and see and do things you’ll end up getting more tired and exhausted making the sickness even worse.

  13. Reply

    though everyone is aware of these facts but rarely give it the consideration it deserves while travelling

    • Laura
    • November 15, 2016

    I’m always careful of getting sick when travelling. Alas, I always get sick in Asia no matter what I do!

    • candy
    • November 15, 2016

    We are traveling to Europe next year so all of these tips will come in extremely helpful. Kinda sad about the foodie part.

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    I live for hand sanitizer and carry it around with me EVERYWHERE. Great post:)

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    I have been sick while traveling far from home and it’s miserable! Not just feeling sick, but missing out on the amazing experiences during your travels! Thanks for the great tips.

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    I’m not sure if this was really intended to be funny, but I couldn’t help but giggle. It’s true, that all of these precautions might be good advice but it’s so much to remember it’s inevitable to forget something! It’s just part of life, sometimes travel isn’t perfect. Sometimes we get sick. It sure would be nice is that wasn’t the case!

  17. Reply

    Great tips, definitely keeping them in mind the next time I hit the road!

  18. Reply

    Excellent travel tips. hahah those pesky mosquitoes.

  19. Reply

    Great tips! This is what I want to hear today. I need #16 to get active and exercise.

    • CourtneyLynne
    • November 16, 2016

    These are some great tips!!! I always carry sanitizer with me when I travel

    • Ellie
    • November 16, 2016

    Such great tips! Having lived in London I never leave the house without hand sanitizer now!

    • Anna
    • November 16, 2016

    Great tips! Better safe than sorry. I think it’s also important to get a good travel insurance – many travellers seem to forget (or they just overlook) how important it can be.

  20. Reply

    These are such wonderful tips that I will be sure to bookmark.

    • rain
    • November 16, 2016

    i know a lot of people who get sick while on vacation. it’s pretty crazy. they could have used these tips…lol.

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    I use a neti pot daily to keep my nose healthy. I used to teach at an elementary school so I used to get sick a lot. I noticed a big difference after using the neti pot. I got sick a lot less!

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    Ah! Such a great list. I’ve been pretty lucky and tend not to get sick on vacation aside from motion sickness. I just had pink eye last week (I know, ew) so have been obsessive about washing my hands lately. I’ve been struggling with swelling feet and ankles lately so, the tip about the compression socks is a good one!

  23. Reply

    It’s good to be careful especially when you’re traveling. I travel a lot as well, and we make sure we have everything we need to maintain good hygiene, that’s your number one defense against viruses after all.

    • Helene Cohen Bludman
    • November 17, 2016

    These tips are spot on. This post is a must read for anyone planning a trip.

    • R U S S
    • November 17, 2016

    I prepare myself ( both mind & body ) weeks before I go on a vacation especially if it’s out-of-the-country. I always always make sure that I’m getting enough sleep and yes, I do avoid getting sick with colds.

    I gotta check out and look for the Skin So Soft Oil that you mentioned. All these mosquito-carried diseases are scary.

    • Laura
    • November 17, 2016

    A great info sheet. Thanks for sharing.

  24. Reply

    These are some really nice and useful tips to stay healthy! Thanks a lot! I’ll pass this on.

  25. Reply

    Great advice! I usually tend to take good care of myself when I’m traveling and I never got sick 🙂

  26. Reply

    LOL, love the graphics for each tip. Although it can be hard to get lots of sleep when crossing time zones.

  27. Reply

    Having a little bottle of hand sanitizer in my purse is definitely a travel essential.

  28. Reply

    Great travel tips. These will definitely be a great plus for us this holiday season as sickness runs rampart everywhere!

  29. Reply

    I totally agree with #7. Great information. Pinning it as well.

  30. Reply

    The tips are simple and very basic and yet people still don’t do them. They know they should but forget.

    • victoria
    • November 18, 2016

    I’m so glad that you share this helpful information with us.

    • Elizabeth O.
    • November 18, 2016

    It would suck to be sick during your vacation especially if you’ve been looking forward to it for so long! I love these reminders, they’re perfect for anyone who’s planning a trip soon!

  31. Reply

    These are awesome. I can definitely relate to the no ice. When visiting my aunt in Trinidad, she has to have a separate set of ice from boiled water for us.

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    Getting sick on the road is the worst. My friend and I took turns sick during our travels in UK as we are not getting used to the weather there and we are dehydrated most of time, and would not get the hot water to drink. We learned to eat vegetables and getting fruit from the local supermarket and it gets us better. Thanks for the great tips especially the food one and drink enough water.

    • CourtneyLynne
    • November 19, 2016

    Omg great tips!!! We travel all
    The time and ok always bringing anti bacterial with us!

    • Elizabeth O.
    • November 20, 2016

    Those are spot on! I always make sure that I have a hand sanitizer and wipes in my bag no matter where I go. You can’t be too safe especially when you’re unfamiliar with the place.

    • Борка Шаула
    • November 20, 2016

    These tips are great. Whenever I get sick or something similar I tend to cancel the event, the travel and that made me sad for so long, because free time is something rare. Next time I’ll try your tips and see what will happen.

  33. Reply

    These are some great tips for travelers! I travel often and I make sure that I have an emergency kit in case.

  34. Excellent advice! To be honest I had no idea about keeping your nose moist so thank you for that very good tip! A lot of common sense is required, keep active, stay out of the heat too much, drink bottled water with no ice etc, watch out for certain food & poor hygiene practices. It can be hard to keep on track of everything though!
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    • Nicki
    • November 21, 2016

    So many of these got me on my last trip – from being burnt to a crisp and even having stomach problems twice from the ice. Lessons have been learned.

    Now I am over cautious.

  35. Reply

    Thank you for this! It sure is frustrating to catch sickness especially when a trip is near. I have personally tried the vitamins overdose (LOL) and it works! 🙂

    • Ami
    • November 23, 2016

    Love that infographic. Captures the most essential tips. Water is a definite must – it helps settle a lot of things – queasy tummy, foreign food, beginnings of a cold….Thanks for sharing all these.
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    Very helpful tips, thankfully I’ve never been ill whilst on holiday *touches wood* it doesn’t happen but at least now I know things to do!
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    Some very helpful advice here! plenty of sleep makes such a difference
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    Each year I go to blogher’s annual conference I make a point to take my vitamins with me, tons of vitamin c and nutrients to keep my immune system in top shape. I think the ice is probably the thing that slips people’s minds the most.
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    Great tips! Sometimes it’s easy to forget to makes these things a priority when you’re traveling. But doing these things will help make your trip much more enjoyable than getting sick.
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    • Kerri
    • November 27, 2016

    All good tips. I think #13 is not so much about “not being a foodie” but more the headline of watching the types of things you eat. I am a foodie and would not want to stop this when I travel, but there are things that you suggest that you need to be careful of. I will still always try as much local food as I can.

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    Traveling to Thailand in Feb which will be my first solo trip outside my country. This post has given me an idea of what not to do when on a holiday.

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    It’s awful getting sick while travelling. These are useful tips to help stave off bugs. Get lots of sleep and build up your immune system would be my top tip.
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    Not just good tips for travel, but good tips for life! Clean water and getting enough sleep are essential for healthy travel, especially during inclement weather.
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    • Chrysoula
    • November 27, 2016

    Very useful tips to avoid some uncomfortable situations when traveling. Thanks for sharing!

  43. Reply

    What great tips! Hand sanitizer is definitely a life saver whilst travelling! I also drink lots of water and bring water purifying tablets too.

    • Katja
    • November 28, 2016

    You’ve got some great tips here. Having lived (and travelled in) India, I am fanatical about hand-washing! Something that I have passed on to my kids and that we continue today even though we left India 5 years ago. And when we couldn’t wash our hands, we had hand sanitizer! I realise this makes me sound a little OCD but it helped us to stay healthy…most of the time, anyway! 🙂
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    Great tips! Being sick on holiday is the worst! You’ve spent all the time and money to get there and then you’re stuck in your hotel room for half the trip!

  45. Reply

    Great list of tips. Being or getting sick while traveling is a serious bummer. I always have Zicam Rapid Melts handy. They are amazing.
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    I’m overdue for some booze, I think! Ha ha. Great tips in there. I personally just take whatever is coming but it doesn’t hurt to take some precautions I suppose!
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    • Jenna
    • November 28, 2016

    Great tips! It’s always important to take steps to stay healthy, especially when you are traveling. I always have a hard time getting enough sleep, but I’ve been working on it! Thanks for sharing these tips!

  47. Reply

    A lot of good advice here. I would add a medical kit to my “must-haves” when traveling.
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    • Jo
    • November 28, 2016

    Ah gee I do fall sick sometimes while on the road and I agree there’s nothing worse – thats an easy way to make your trip go downhill FAST. as they say, better be safe than sorry – great precautionary measure here esp for foodies *guilty*
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    So many great tips! I feel like the alcohol and binge eating on local fare is one we are guilty of all the time. It’s a nice reminder though of what to do to stay healthy. Thanks for sharing!

    • Pedro
    • November 30, 2016

    Great tips, and very cool infographic! I’m one of those people who carry hand sanitizer all the time and I’m not shy to use it in front of others, although I get a few funny looks once in a while. And yes, people forget about the ice in the juice and soft drinks. That’s a big no, no!
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    Ufff this is super important. I am going to Ecuador this December and I had to go get vaccinations and some med as well. It’s super important to consider health issues because we really don’t want to get sick.

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    Hi I sent this to a friend of mines that is going on a boat cruise this weekend and she sick. I know this will make her not like me lol .but I agree with you tho.
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    Great tips! I think the one about the ice is fantastic as it is something most people don’t think about.

    • Bob
    • January 1, 2017

    I always carry hand sanitizer and although I drink bottled water when traveling to some countries I must admit I have indulged in ice on occasions. So far so good haven’t gotten sick yet.
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    • Jen
    • January 1, 2017

    These are all excellent tips! We’ve gotten sick on our travels more than a handful of times, and I’m sure we could have avoided it by following this advice. Onward and upward!

  52. Reply

    These are all great tips. I prefer avon skin so soft too. I also need to get travel packs of clorox wipes, even just for my every day!

  53. Reply

    Lots of great tips for staying healthy on the road–thanks for sharing! I need to work on sleeping more. That’s always a hard one for me even when I’m at home. I have never thought about getting compression socks–would definitely be a good item to look into–thanks!
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    Fantastic tips – I think we all need reminding of these once in a while, because it’s so easy to fall into bad habits, but so vital that we stay healthy otherwise it can ruin a trip. We travel everywhere with our hand sanitizer, whether we’re at home or actually on our trip – so many people don’t wash their hands, and pass on their bacteria. Hand sanitizer is my favorite thing!!
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    Loved the illustrations! There’s no blanket sickness prevention for everyone but knowing these tips can help most of us make our way through new lands in good health.

  56. Reply

    These are great tips. I had not seriously thought of saying no to ice… you have changed my tune on that and I thank you for that travel/health tip. Hand sanitizer is my go to item- it’s with me everywhere I go!
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  57. Reply

    All of these are great tips! I try to use hand sanitizer, drink lots of water (and oj), walk a ton, and avoid excessive amounts of alcohol. Thanks for sharing and happy travels 🙂
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    It is so easy to get a heat stroke. I often forget to take precautions.

  59. Reply

    Great tips on keeping the mosquito’s at bay, we’re heading to Mexico this year so will bear everything else in mind x

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    Last year we traveled to the beach…. we only get one trip a year :(….. my husband and I BOTH got sick! It was miserable! Printing these out for our next trip!
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