Getting sick on the road is no fun. It can ruin your trip entirely and no one wants that! So how do you keep illness at bay? I never leave home without these five products, which all help me either prevent illness or ease my symptoms if I get sick. Disclosure: I’m a sponsored Pepto-Bismol Influencer, but all opinions are my own.
1. Antibacterial Wipes
When I travel I’m borderline Howard-Hughes-insane about germs. I constantly wash my hands, use hand sanitizer, make a conscious effort not to stick my fingers in my mouth, eyes and nose, and wipe down airplane seats, car rental handles and hotel rooms with antibacterial wipes. They say the dirtiest thing in a hotel room is the remote control so that’s the first thing I wipe down but I also clean door handles and light switches. When I’ve been lazy, I’ve paid the price for it. Don’t make the same mistake.
2. Eye Mask and Ear Plugs
Studies have shown that sleep is imperative to our health. When you travel, it can be difficult to get a good night’s sleep since you are out of your nightly pattern and familiar surroundings. The worst part is that you are at the mercy of your fellow travelers, whether you’re on a plane or in a hotel. When I travel, I always bring along a soft and comfortable eye mask and ear plugs since it creates a much better sleeping environment for me. No one wants to be woken by someone lifting a window shade or hearing people in the hallway of your hotel. And with a good night’s sleep, I’m not only better prepared to face my day but to fight off illness as well.
Food and travel are intricately intertwined and for me, one of the best parts about traveling is getting to try new foods. On the flip side, one of the worst things is that sometimes new foods can wreak havoc on your stomach. Depending on where you’re traveling, you may eat something bad (I love street food in Asia but you do have to be careful!) and if you have a weak stomach, you may not react well to new flavors, spices and ingredients. Pepto-Bismol can be a traveler’s best friend to relieve your stomach upset. The Pepto-Bismol chewables or swallowable caplets are easy to pack in your carry-on so you always have them at the ready!
4. Vitamin C Packets
When I travel, I always carry those little vitamin C packets. Not only because they help to boost my immune system (although this is the main reason), but if I’m in a place where the water doesn’t taste great but is safe to drink, I use one of them to flavor the water so I’m not tempted to spend $7 for a small bottle from the minibar! You can get them at most grocery stores, Target or online at Amazon.com, where they cost less than $0.28 a pack.
I always carry a thermometer just to make sure I’m not running around with a high temperature. If I have a temperature, I know it’s time for me to clear my schedule and rest because I don’t want to get any sicker or get anyone else around me infected.
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