Stay healthy away from home

It’s never fun to get sick, especially when you are in a foreign country or a new city. Here is a short list of things you can do to stay healthy while abroad:

  • Exercise. To help avoid circulatory problems in your legs during long trips, try standing up and walking for several minutes every hour or so.
  • Eat and drink wisely. Drink plenty of liquids. Don’t overeat. Watch your alcohol intake as it can be dehydrating and try to choose foods low in sodium. Fast food can result in gastrointestinal problems, poor sleep, and even poor moods.
  • Combat jet lag. There’s always a little adjustment needed when hopping between time zones. Try to get a good first night’s sleep at your destination, but if it is morning when you arrive at your destination, stay awake until it’s time to go to bed that night. Staying hydrated, getting a little sun, eating a protein-rich breakfast, and light exercise will also help.
  • Pack a small medical kit: The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has a helpful checklist  of items that includes tweezers, a digital thermometer, antidiarrheal medications, and hydrocortisone cream.

The top three medical issues that most commonly occur while traveling are:

  • Gastrointestinal problems
  • Respiratory illnesses
  • Pain and wounds