It’s that time of year when the going gets tough and the tough get going. Obviously, by ‘going’ we mean travelling anywhere away from our harsh Canadian winter. Regardless of your destination, the change in weather and environment can take a toll on your body and the last thing you want is to get sick. Here are 5 tips to help you avoid getting sick while you travel!

1. Keep Up With Healthy Habits

Often times while travelling, we overwork our bodies to make the most out of our experience, which can be strenuous on our bodies. Prioritizing healthy habits like getting adequate sleep and eating well before and during your trip help keep your immune system strong after a long day of touristic attractions and/or business meetings.

2. Check Destination Vaccination Requirements

A commonly overlooked yet essential task to do is to check what the vaccination requirements of the destination are. Visiting your doctor or a travel health clinic in advance helps ensure you’re up-to-date on routine vaccinations.

It’s also equally important to visit the Public Health Agency of Canada’s website before your trip to stay updated on travel health notices on outbreaks in certain countries.

3. Be Aware Of Water Quality And Regulations

Here in Canada, we have access to drinkable tap water, but not all countries have this accessibility. To avoid an upset stomach, drinking bottled water is a safe option wherever you go but if you prefer tap water, make sure to do your research and check if your destination has clean and safe-to-drink tap water. With that said, stay hydrated! Drinking lots of water helps remove important toxins and reduces your likelihood of getting sick. If you’re travelling to a destination with warm weather, staying hydrated also helps you avoid sunstroke.

4. Pack The Right Equipment

More often than not, we focus on packing clothing-related gear, gifts, and some toiletries and overlook essential travel items. Whether you’re taking a solo trip or a family vacation, packing a first aid kit is essential! You never know when you will encounter an incident that requires first aid tools. Also, be sure to pack tissues, bandaids, lozenges, disinfecting wipes and liquid sanitizer to help prevent sickness. It also helps to check the destination’s weather conditions in advance to know which clothing material would be ideal to pack.

5. Avoid Any Exposure To Germs

Frequently washing your hands and minimizing how often you touch your eyes, nose and mouth help lower your risk of sickness. Close contact with others, particularly those who are sick, should also be avoided. This can be done by steering clear of crowded, closed areas.

Before You Take Off

To better protect yourself & to prevent baggage loss, consider investing in travel insurance. In the case of a medical emergency, life insurance offers you the financial safety net you need to take care of yourself and your family. To request a quote, our talented team can help you find the right coverage for all your insurance needs. Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any inquiries!