Keep your immune system strong while you travel this holiday season!
There are few vacation setbacks more frustrating than falling ill while on the road. It's uncomfortable, it upsets the plans you made for your time off of work, and it takes away from your time with your family or loved ones that you traveled to see. Avoid these problems by taking extra precautions to keep yourself healthy and strong.
- Wash your hands often. Rest stops, airports, bus stations are all crawling with germs. Make sure this break in your routine doesn't make you forget the important habit of hand washing.
- Keep your hands off your face. Even the best hand washing habits won't keep you free from all germs 100 percent of the time. Limit your exposure to winter bugs by holding back when you get the urge to rub your eyes, your nose, or your mouth.
- Get enough sleep. One of the quickest ways to weaken your immune system is to cut back on rest. Traveling can make your sleep schedule inconsistent, but aim for at least 7 hours of sleep a night whenever possible.
- Watch what you eat and drink. Domestic travelers will only need to make sure they are getting the proper nutrition needed for a strong immune system. If you are traveling internationally, check to see if you can safely enjoy the local water and produce without risking a foodborne illness.
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