There's nothing worse than coming down with the flu while you're on vacation, and who can forget the H1N1 hysteria that hit travelers a few years ago? Whether it is a virus or just a cold, follow these steps to stay flu-free during your winter vacation.
Take some extra time to sleep in! According to the Mayo Clinic, quality sleep means a quality immune system. Your body needs that time to recover and fight infectious germs. In fact, studies show that people who don't get quality sleep or enough sleep are more likely to get sick after being exposed to a virus, such as the common cold.
Wash your hands! While this one seems like a no-brainer, sometimes there's not always a sink available while you're traveling. To combat this type of situation, pack a kit with antibacterial hand sanitizer, tissues, and nasal spray. In addition to your hands, use the antibacterial hand sanitizer on any public surfaces like the tray table on your flight or the hand rail on the subway.
Like your parents always said - eat your fruit and vegetables! This is another key to keeping up your immune system. If you load up with fresh fruit and vegetables two weeks before your trip to boost zinc levels and ward off the flu virus!
Grab a glass of water. Experts advise drinking eight ounces for every hour you'll be traveling. When your body is well-hydrated, it is able to fight off germs and keep your immune system running at full speed. If you're itching for a cocktail, experts also recommend having two glasses of water with each alcoholic beverage.
Follow the doctor's orders! A check up at the doctor is a good thing to have before
traveling. You can find out what illnesses you might be susceptible at your destination.
You'll also want to make sure you’re up-to-date on your immunizations. One of the most important immunizations is the flu shot. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention strongly encourage that every American—especially young kids, pregnant women, those over 65, and anyone with a chronic illness—get immunized every year.
But even if you follow all of these tips, sometimes coming down with the latest bug is inevitable. That's where we come in. If you, a family member or your traveling partner fall ill, travel insurance may be able to help salvage your vacation. If you have questions about how you're covered with your current travel insurance or how you could be covered by investing in travel insurance, please post a comment below or call us at 1-888-885-7233 and we'll be happy to answer any questions.