19 Tips to Stay Healthy on Your Vacation

When the holidays roll around, it’s the perfect time to celebrate with good food, great company and a much needed vacation. So what happens when you come down with a cold on vacation?

Viruses are known to spread by coughing and sneezing, inhalation or contact with surfaces that we touch then spread to our eyes, nose and mouth. Sitting within a close proximity to a sick person in public on the bus, airplane, train, restaurants and cafes puts you at a greater risk of catching a bug.

So if you want to spread caution and learn how to avoid getting sick on vacation, I have 19 handy tips to stay healthy on vacation.

Get Vaccinated

Not all vaccinations are required for every individual for every trip. A lot depends on what country or region you are visiting, and individual factors, such as your personal medical history, your duration of travel and activities. Seek advice from your physician before you travel.

Avoid New Germs

Getting a flu shot is a recommended and in some cases a pneumonia vaccination for people at risk.

Motion Sickness Pills

Always pack motion sickness pills if you get nausea on long distances. Having a supply of motion sickness pills on hand is an excellent preventative if you’re asking “why do I always get sick on vacation?”

Avoid People Who Seem Sick

If someone coughs in your face, you’re at risk of picking up a virus. You need to at least turn away from them as best as you can.

Wash Your Hands

Washing your hands is essential to stop the spread of infection and can dramatically reduce your chances of getting ill. Having a hand sanitizer is a great way to prevent getting sick when soap and water is not readily available.

Drink Water

If you’re unsure of the purity of the local water, it’s always best to avoid it including ice. Use bottled water to brush your teeth.

Eat Fresh Food

Food contamination is one of the biggest causes of diarrhea and gastrointestinal problems. Always be sure that your food is freshly prepared.


Exercise is one of the best ways to stay fit and healthy and to fight of unwanted bugs. It improves your overall health and wellbeing and strengthens your immunity.

Boost Your Immunity

Taking vitamin C supplements increases your body’s resistance to fight off airborne germs.

Non-Dairy Probiotics

Taking non-dairy probiotics will help you when you travel. The healthy bacteria will help reduce gas, bloating, and diarrhea.

Avoid Jet Lag

Pack melatonin supplements. Your body produces melatonin on its own, but if you’re traveling, your internal clock may get thrown off.

Don’t Forget To Stretch

Flying and lengthy periods of sitting tend to have a dehydrating effect on the body. Remember to move your legs and stretch regularly, since sitting in one position for hours on end can increase the dangerous risk of blood clots (aka Deep Vain Thrombosis).

Prevent Back and Neck Pain

Ask your hotel if they have any orthopedic pillows. This will help you relax and sleep better and easing into the next day.

Meds To Pack

Imodium and Pepto Bismol are both available over the counter without a prescription. They can help treat diahrrea, heartburn, nausea, and indigestion.

Don’t Drink From Unclean Hotel Glasses

If you find a glass in your room that has not been hygienically wrapped, thoroughly wash it before using.

Don’t Drink Too Much Caffeine

Avoiding too much caffeine will keep you hydrated. An increase in your daily caffeine intake disrupts your sleep. Keep your caffeine consumption within range of your normal levels to avoid problems.

Don’t Skimp On Sleep

Partying too hard and skimping on sleep can be detriment to any vacation. Ensuring that you stay hydrated and get plenty of rest will boost your immunity.

Don’t Swim In Polluted Water

Before diving in, look around for signs, pipes emptying into the water, scum on the surface and other common-sense indicators that the water isn’t safe for swimming.

Snacks On The Go

Being prepared when you’re out and plenty of water will keep you nourished and energized like – whole food bars, cut up veggies, fruit and nuts.

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