How to Avoid Getting Sick While Traveling This Holiday Season

Published on:
December 15, 2022

If you're like most people, you'll be traveling during the upcoming holiday season. Whether you're going to visit family and friends or taking a vacation, it's important to take steps to avoid getting sick. Here are some tips to help keep you healthy while on the road:

Drink plenty of fluids, especially water

Staying hydrated is essential for keeping your body functioning properly while traveling. Drinking plenty of fluids keeps you healthy and can help prevent you from getting sick. It’s imperative to consume even more fluids than usual when traveling, as the change in climate can lead to increased dehydration. Be sure to pack a water bottle and carry it with you wherever you go. And don’t forget to drink plenty of fluids when you return home, as well. Traveling can be taxing on your body, so it’s important to give it the extra care it needs to stay healthy and avoid getting sick.

Avoid touching your face

When you travel, you're exposed to all kinds of new germs and bacteria. And one of the easiest ways to pick up these unwanted hitchhikers is by touching your face. Think about it: you probably touch your face dozens of times every day, and all it takes is one contaminated surface to transfer germs to your mouth, nose, or eyes. That's why it's so important to avoid touching your face while traveling. Of course, that's easier said than done. But there are a few things you can do to help reduce the temptation, such as keeping your hands busy (by holding a water bottle or clutching a book) and wearing glasses or sunglasses instead of contacts. If you can discipline yourself to avoid touching your face, you'll be less likely to get sick while on the road.

Wash your hands frequently

If you know not touching your face will be challenging, then be sure to wash your hands often while traveling. This will help remove any germs or bacteria you may have picked up along the way. And if soap and water aren't available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Just be sure to choose one that contains at least 60% ethyl alcohol or isopropyl alcohol for it to be effective.

Stay away from sick people

This one may seem obvious, but it's important to stay observant and watch out for people who may be sick while traveling. Some ways to tell if a person is sick are if they're coughing, sneezing, or having a runny nose. If you see someone who may be sick, try to avoid them as much as possible.

This leads us to our next point...

Wear a mask

We know most people are tired of wearing a mask, but it is a great defense against getting sick. Since it is difficult to control your exposure to airborne germs, wearing a mask will help reduce your risk of infection. It's especially important to wear a mask if you're in close quarters with other people, such as on an airplane or in a crowded room.


There you have it, a few tips to help you stay healthy and avoid getting sick while traveling this holiday season. Be sure to drink plenty of fluids, avoid touching your face, and wash your hands often. And if you can, try to stay away from sick people. Wearing a mask will also help reduce your exposure to germs. By following these simple tips, you can enjoy your holiday travels and stay healthy at the same time. Happy holidays!

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