Regardless of where or how far you are traveling, it is always a good idea to take precautions against illnesses of all descriptions.

Eating a lighter diet, awareness of conditions of food outlets and handy medication are the basic stepping stones. Follow these travel tips to keep illness at bay while traveling:

Maintain hygiene: Check your accommodation and surroundings carefully, and try to make an alternative arrangement if it’s full of dust and dirt.

Pack your luggage in a neat, hygienic bag. Don’t leave your bag in strange places, and always keep it in dry areas.

Using bathrooms: Always take precautions when you are using public bathrooms, as this is where viruses like to hang out. At airports and stations especially, make an effort to find a rest room that is neat and clean. Flush water using your toes instead of your hands. Dry your hands with paper towels.

Wash your hands: Wash your hands with soap and sanitizers whenever you get the chance. Don’t rub your face, eyes and nose with your hands. Dry your hands after washing to prevent picking up infections from unsavory surfaces.

Eating habits: Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration, and avoid coffee and alcohol. Pack easily digestible, low-calories snacks and fruits in your luggage and be very careful what food you buy from shops, especially if you suffer from allergies. Wear plastic gloves if you feel the area is unhygienic.

Medicine kit: Always carry a first aid box. Pack band aids, ointment and medicines for common problems like colds, fever and coughs. If you suffer from acidity or other health problems, consult a doctor before you set out. Carry multivitamin tablets to supplement nutrients and proteins you might not get.

Avoid sick persons: Steer clear of people who are coughing or blowing their noses incessantly, even if they recovered two weeks before. Cover your nose and mouth when in large crowds.

Accommodation: Don’t use the blankets provided in hotel rooms; take your own. Make sure your hotel room is neat and tidy and has clean sheets. Drink boiled water. Use mosquito repellants as a precaution against malaria and dengue fever.


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