How to Avoid Getting Sick While Traveling

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For years I thought that getting sick while traveling during the winter with my family was inevitable. There are so many germs when we travel and the winter climate is perfect for spreading them. This year, we’re traveling to a few cold destinations over the holidays (to Beaver Creek, Colorado for a ski trip, and to Toronto, Canada to visit family), so we’re being extra careful about health. I think I’ve finally figured out a few tips that can help you stay healthy and save your vacation! Here’s some of my tips for staying healthy while traveling.

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1. Wash your hands religiously

While this may seem like a no-brainer, hand-washing is the simplest thing people can do to avoid the spreading of germs. Make it non-negotiable with your kids. Use M&M’s as rewards if you have to! Just take them to sinks as often as possible throughout your travels. Use hand sanitizer when soap and water aren’t available, and don’t forget to use hand lotion to combat winter dryness! If washing hands is a miserable experience, your kids are less likely to do it.

2. Use antibacterial wipes

One sure-fire way to avoid getting sick while traveling is to use antibacterial wipes on the germiest places your kids will encounter. I keep antibacterial wipes with me and wipe down any public surface my kids will be exposed to for long periods of time. The seatbelts, armrests, and seatback pockets on airlines being chief among these.

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3. Take Genestra HMF Travel Probiotic before, during and after the trip

This is a big one. Gut health impacts our overall health, and a number of travel-related factors (unfamiliar food and water, stress) can affect this. Genestra HMF Travel combines five probiotic strains from Lactobacillus, Bifidobacterium, and saccharomyces genera to promote healthy gut flora and support gastrointestinal health. It’s shelf-stable (so it doesn’t need to be refrigerated) and comes in a capsule, so it’s easy to take on-the-go. With so many probiotics on the market, you might be wondering why you should use this one. Simple: It’s been recommended by doctors for more than 20 years and has a longstanding reputation of setting quality and purity standards.

how to avoid getting sick while traveling
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4. Don’t burn the candle at both ends

Your body needs rest, even on vacation! Sure, you want to do and see it all, but how much will you get to experience if you’re stuck inside your hotel room? The same goes for your kids. Don’t be afraid to call it an early night and head back to your warm hotel room. If they’re young enough, forcing a family nap might be in order, too.

how to avoid getting sick while traveling
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5. Eat right

It’s easy to get away from our routines and break the rules on vacation, but our immune systems need a balanced diet (and the antioxidants provided by fruits and veggies help support our health in many ways). Make sure everyone is getting enough vegetables along with all of the treats they may be munching on. Give everyone their own water bottle and encourage frequent fill-ups, too.

how to avoid getting sick while traveling
Photo: Carmen Sognonvi

Incorporate these five simple tips into your daily life while traveling and you’ll be armed and ready this winter. Support your immune system while traveling by taking your Genestra HMF Travel Probiotic, washing your hands, using antibacterial wipes, getting your rest and eating a balanced diet.

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About Carmen Sognonvi

Carmen Sognonvi is a luxury family travel content creator at Top Flight Family, named a top 10 family travel Instagram account by Time Out New York and Brit + Co. Her insights on travel have been featured in The Washington Post, INSIDER, Huffington Post, Wanderlust Travel Magazine, TravelPulse, HOTELS Magazine, and more. Carmen firmly believes that you can (and should) travel with your kids from a young age. She offers families practical solutions for travel, as well as tips on how to travel in luxury for less. She lives in New York City with her multiracial and multicultural family of four. Follow her on Instagram, FacebookTwitter and Pinterest.

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