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ID-100173635Flu season is here and it’s ugly. If you’re traveling, it’s important to stay healthy so you can fully enjoy your adventure. A few simple preventative measures could make all the difference between being sick in bed or out and about:

  1. Wash your hands. Any time you’re planning to eat, make sure you wash your hands thoroughly before digging into your meal. Carry a mini hand sanitizer container in your purse or on your key ring in case you don’t have access to soap and water on-the-go.
  2. Echinacea and Vitamin C. You’ve heard the saying “the best defense is a strong offense.” That rings true for your health too. If you start to feel under the weather, max out on your vitamins! Echinacea enhances your immune system and is great for preventing colds while Vitamin C helps move the healing process along. If you start to feel even remotely under the weather, take both of these before you go to bed.  There’s a good chance you won’t succumb to whatever has invaded your system. Which leads us to…
  3. Sleep, sleep, sleep. Doctors recommend 7-8 hours of sleep per night for the average adult, and this is especially true for when you travel. It can be difficult, especially if you have trouble falling asleep in new places, but the more you rest, the better your chances of fighting off sickness. Try bringing a blanket or pillow from home to help assimilate your senses.
  4. Fuel up! Stock up on fresh fruits and vegetables if they’re available, and avoid fast food whenever possible. Snacking on items like nuts or yogurt throughout the day is a good way to keep your metabolism going without worrying about spending too much.
  5. Hydrate.  Last but certainly not least, drink plenty of water! Water flushes out toxins, helps with decongestion and enhances overall wellness. Purchase a portable drinking container from your local grocery store and fill up with water throughout the day.

We hope these simple but effective tips help to keep you healthy as you embark on this year’s travels! If you have any other tips you’d like to share, feel free to leave a comment below!

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