The ongoing pandemic has really thrown a wrench in many people’s travel plans, hasn’t it? Travel is still restricted in a lot of places, but that’s not to say it’s impossible. You can still get in your car, ride a train or take a plane to get to your destination. Whether you’re traveling for work or pleasure, domestically or internationally, here are healthy travel tips to help you look and feel your best while exploring the world around you!
Healthy Travel Tips: What To Pack In Your Travel Bag
What goes in your bag will depend on where you’re going. For instance, you won’t pack snorkeling gear if you’re headed up to the mountains. And you’d skip the business suits if you’re going on a jungle adventure. That said, you can pack as many or as little as you want. To ensure your health and safety, take these with you on your trips:
1) First aid kit
It’s so easy to overlook first aid kits when traveling. After all, it’s the fun and adventure we all look forward to, not accidents and emergencies. But unfortunately, they do happen… all the time. To start with, grab yourself a basic first aid kit from the nearest drugstore or pharmacy in your area. Then add anything else you may need. For instance, if your kit is missing some of these items below, feel free to add them:
- Band-aids or gauze pads – to cover up minor cuts, scrapes and wounds
- Antibacterial ointment – helps treat minor cuts and scrapes and prevents infection
- Antihistamine – helps with itchy rashes and bumps
- Ibuprofen or paracetamol – helps relieve headaches, minor pain and fever (ibuprofen helps with swelling too)
- Insect repellant – research what the most common insects are in your destination and look for the proper repellant
2) Prescription medication
Don’t lump these in with your first aid kit as you may need immediate access to them in case of emergency. Your prescription meds should be in their original packaging. Also, don’t forget to bring along your doctor’s prescription letter in case authorities ask for it. As for the quantity, pack extra as your meds may not be available in your destination.
3) The right supplements
Don’t leave your supplements behind when traveling! In addition to the supplements you’re already taking, consider bringing these along with you too (if you aren’t already):
Traveling is fun until you get traveler’s diarrhea. Then it’s sitting in the toilet for several days, which can obviously ruin your plans! For optimal protection, take probiotics at least one week before you embark on your journey. This helps your system accumulate a good number of probiotics to help fight off pathogens in the water you drink and the food you eat. Here’s why our Adults Probiotics is a must-have for traveling:
- no refrigeration needed
- good for 2 month’s supply
- guaranteed 50 billion CFU
- 10 strains of patented probiotics
- Includes prebiotics or fiber that acts as food for the bacteria
When it comes to nutrition, the best way to get all the nutrients your body needs is still through food. But when you’re traveling, you may not have that luxury, so the next best thing is to take multivitamins. While there are plenty of multivitamins out there, consider bringing our very own Adult Multivitamin on your trip. Here’s why:
- 25 essential vitamins and minerals
- active forms of vitamin B9, B12, and B6
- higher concentrations of vitamins B, C, D, E, and K
- special polymer bottle to protect the B vitamins inside
- 2 month’s supply
Our next healthy travel tip is for you to bring an immunity booster. Traveling exposes you to a lot of things you normally wouldn’t be exposed to at home. These include all sorts of bacteria and viruses, as well as free radicals that can cause oxidative stress and damage to your cells. Here’s why SHIELD Immunity Booster should be in your travel luggage:
- vitamins C and D3 plus Zinc
- a proprietary immune blend of 12 herbal extracts
- supports both immune and nervous systems
- 1 month supply
4) Extra sanitizers and masks
You can never have enough sanitizers and masks in this time of Covid-19. Keep some in your carry-on bag as well as your check-in luggage. You can always top up when you reach your destination. Just make sure you’re never without them throughout the entirety of your trip!
- Hand sanitizers – use alcohol-based sanitizers with at least 60% to 95% alcohol. To prevent your hands from drying up, look for brands that also contain moisturizers.
- Disinfecting wipes – these are more convenient than manually pouring isopropyl alcohol on a piece of cloth or tissue paper. Bring a pack of these to wipe off and sanitize surfaces you come into contact with.
- Masks – not all people like them, but they’ve become a necessity nowadays. Bring a pack of masks, so you can replace them when they get dirty (you don’t want to get maskne!).
How To Stay Safe When Traveling?
Now that you’ve got an idea of what to pack when traveling, here are more healthy travel tips so you stay safe on your journey:
1) Get enough rest
Traveling can be stressful for your body (1), so you need to prepare beforehand. Get plenty of rest before you get on your car, train, ship, or plane, this is especially important if you’re behind the wheel. Likewise, when you arrive at your destination, try to get some rest before you do any of the fun stuff! Why? Because when you’re tired, your immunity may be compromised, so best to avoid this scenario.
2) Take precautions against covid-19
Traveling using public transport means queues and terminals and people crammed in tight spaces. To avoid getting infected with the covid-19 virus, wear a mask, and limit close contact with other people. The virus is particularly dangerous to people with comorbidities, but even young people aren’t exempt (2). It’s therefore in your best interest to avoid physical contact as much as possible.
3) Avoid touching surfaces unless necessary
Keep your hands to yourself when you’re out and about. Hand sanitizers and disinfecting wipes can only do so much if you keep on touching random surfaces. The covid-19 virus can survive on various surfaces for hours and even days (3)! If you do need to touch something, avoid touching your face afterward, specifically your eyes, nose, and mouth (4).
Traveling is still very much possible even with a pandemic going on. You just have to deal with a lot more red tape than usual, but it’s all for the greater good. With the healthy travel tips we’ve shared in this article, there’s no reason for you not to look and feel your best while traveling!
(1) Waterhouse, J et al. “The stress of travel.” Journal of sports sciences vol. 22,10 (2004): 946-65; discussion 965-6. doi:10.1080/02640410400000264
(2) Felsenstein, Susanna, and Christian M Hedrich. “COVID-19 in children and young people.” The Lancet Rheumatology vol. 2,9 (2020): e514-e516. doi:10.1016/S2665-9913(20)30212-5
(3) “Transmission of SARS-CoV-2: Implications for Infection Prevention Precautions.” World Health Organization, 9 July 2020, www.who.int/news-room/commentaries/detail/transmission-of-sars-cov-2-implications-for-infection-prevention-precautions.
(4) “Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) – Prevention & Treatment.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 31 Dec. 2020, www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html.