As we prepare for our travels and family gatherings this holiday season, I wanted to remind you about dangers of the cold and flu season, and equip you with tools to stay healthy. These tips are useful year-round, and I hope they will help you fully enjoy your travels!
Having weathered my fair share of illnesses while traveling, there are some things you can guard against, and then there are things you cannot predict (such as an emergency appendectomy — the photo above was my view as I was recovering during my travels). Following these simple tips may reduce illnesses for you or a family member.
Healthy Traveler Tip #1: NEVER touch your face
Cold and flu viruses can infect your body when they come in contact with an entry point. Your eyes and nose are easy targets for viruses. By NOT touching your face with your hands, you reduce the chance of giving viruses access to your immune system.
If your eyes or nose itch, use a tissue to rub gently. If necessary, use the back of your hand to rub your face. It may be slightly cleaner than the fingertips, but may still carry viruses and bacteria.
If you have just washed your hands, touching your face should be safe. Things brings us to Tip #2…. Continue reading Five Tips for Healthy Traveling