How to Avoid Getting Sick While Travelling

street food vendor in bangkok serving meat to tourists

The thrill of new places, the joy of unplanned adventures, and… the germs. Yep, those pesky little critters that seem to lurk everywhere. Germs are everywhere, and while some are harmless, others can lead to severe infections and diseases. When travelling, the risk of exposure to harmful germs increases due to various factors such as crowded places, shared facilities, and unfamiliar environments. By following some simple yet effective steps, you can significantly reduce your exposure to germs and ensure a healthier journey.

Prioritise Hand Hygiene

Hand hygiene is the first line of defence against germs. Our hands come into contact with numerous surfaces throughout the day, collecting a myriad of germs. On my trip to bustling Bangkok, I was amazed by the street food. But here’s a fun fact: those delicious skewers come with a side of invisible germs.

  • Wash Your Hands Often: Especially before eating or touching your face. Use soap and water, scrubbing for at least 20 seconds, ensuring you clean between the fingers, under the nails, and up to the wrists. Find a sink, wash hands, repeat.

  • Hand Sanitizers: In situations where soap and water aren’t available, use a hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol. However, remember that sanitizers might not be as effective when hands are visibly dirty or greasy so try to keep my hands pristine.

Be Mindful of Your Face

The face, especially the eyes, nose, and mouth, are entry points for germs into the body… and your guts. In Rome, I learned that gelato and germs have something in common: they both love your face. Avoid touching your face and every time you are tempted to poke your nose or sneeze, use a tissue or the inside of your elbow. This reduces the chance of transferring germs from your hands to your face.

Stay Hydrated and Eat Healthily

A strong immune system can fend off many infections. Staying hydrated helps the body function optimally and fight off potential infections. Avoid the tempatation of adding ice cubes in your drinks and try to eat nutritious foods with a balanced diet rich in vitamins and minerals to boost your immune system, making you less susceptible to illnesses.

Be Cautious with Shared Items

In a Turkish market, I was offered a shared cup of tea. Lovely gesture, but I had my trusty travel mug. In fact, shared items can be a hotspot for germs, especially in public places. Avoid sharing personal items, and this includes towels, lipsticks, and utensils. If you must share, ensure the item is cleaned thoroughly before use so you can celebrate new friendships without the germs. With a bit of caution, you can enjoy the world’s wonders safely.

Let’s Wrap it Up

With these simple guidelines, you can significantly reduce your exposure to germs, ensuring a safer and more enjoyable travel experience. Remember, it’s not just about protecting yourself but also about safeguarding the health of those around you. the journey is as much about discovering the world as it is about understanding that your health is the passport to more travels filled with joy and free from illness. After all, the world is a vast, beautiful place, waiting to be explored, and it’s up to us to do it responsibly.

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