All seasoned business travelers know that falling ill while traveling is just a part of the job. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that as many as 22%-64% of travelers have travel-related health issues. If you travel by plane you are sharing air and space with other travelers who may get sick. If you are on the road for your job, you may be stopping at rest areas and gas stations that attract germs too. Any public space could be housing germs that may get you sick during your business travels. If you are afraid of coming down with a flu or cold during your next business trip here are a few ways to help prevent getting sick so you don’t miss that big meeting.
Wash Your Hands On A Regular Basis
Staying up on personal hygiene practices is always essential when staying healthy, but especially so when you are traveling in planes, trains or automobiles for business. A recent study showed that areas like tray tables, overhead air vents, and seat belt buckles are caked in germs.
Being on the road for work can take a toll on your health and your waistline. Your body needs a balanced diet of protein, vegetables, and fruit in order to function to its best ability. Airport and convenience store food can leave your body malnourished and susceptible to illness. Also, it can be easy to fall into the habit of skipping meals altogether while traveling. Plan out healthy meals and snacks and include them in your carry-on, or pack a cooler if you travel by car.
Make Sure Sanitizer Is Your Constant Travel Companion
Sometimes it may not be possible to find a sink in a crunch, so if you are unable to wash your hands after touching germy surfaces make sure you apply sanitizer. Sanitizer is especially important to apply before you eat or before touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
Stay Up To Date On Your Shots And Vaccinations
Getting a flu shot annually will decrease your risk of coming down with sickness during your business travels. Doctors recommend that the most effective way to prevent the flu is to get your flu shot before flu season arrives. It’s important to be proactive and get ahead of flu season since your body doesn’t start to develop flu antibodies until two weeks after you get your shot. If you need any vaccinations for your business travels, talk to your doctor or look into travel medicine services to keep you be healthy and safe during your business trip.
There is no cure for falling sick when traveling for work, but using a few of these methods will help with the prevention of illness and ensure that you will have a safer and healthier business trip.