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6 Ways to Stay Healthy While Traveling

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6 Ways You Can Stay Healthy While Traveling Jacob Lund/Fotolia

You have been waiting for what feels like forever, to go away on an adventure. Or maybe you travel a lot for work and find yourself needing some fresh ideas on how to stay healthier while you are traveling.

Read on for simple ways to improve your health while on the go.

1) Bring a water bottle

The Transportation Security Administration won’t let you bring liquids across that barrier of security in the airport but you can bring a bottle to refill once you cross. Carrying a water bottle in the car will encourage you to drink water more frequently.

Opt for an insulated stainless steel one to keep water cooler longer.

2) Wash your hands

Hard to remember but easy to do, once you develop the habit. According to Medical Associates.com, “about 80% of infectious diseases are transmitted by unclean hands touching contaminated surfaces.

Since “some viruses and bacteria can live two hours or longer on tables, doorknobs, and telephones,” that means with regular hand washing you may decrease your likelihood of getting sick.

3) Pack a first-aid kit

Invariably, you end up needing bandages or acetaminophen exactly when you cannot find an easy way to get some. Keep a first-aid kit in your car and create a personalized one for travel to throw in your bag. You don’t have to spend a lot of money.

Here is a list of items
you might find at your local dollar store.

4) Bring enough medicine

It is pretty easy to remember to bring the regular medicine you use daily. But what about those medicines you only need occasionally? If you know you have a tendency towards GI problems or fungal rashes, bring what you typically use along.

Talk to your doctor about bringing prescriptions for other problems you know you are susceptible to, such as urinary tract or yeast infections. It may be hard to find your usual brands if you are out of the country.

5) Move your body

Tips for Healthy, Happy Travels. Rick Steve’s Europe. Retrieved July 24, 2016.

10 Tips For Healthy Travel. Tripit. Retrieved July 24, 2016.

Hand Hygiene = Healthier Workplace. Medical Health Associates. Retrieved July 24, 2016.

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