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10 Tips to Traveling During Pandemic
Traveling can be a beautiful thing, with new sights and scents to enjoy each day. However, it can also pose some risks to your health and even put you in danger if you aren’t careful! If you’re planning on traveling this summer, here are ten tips to keep you safe and healthy while you see the world. Don’t forget your sunscreen!
1. Keep Up to Date
keep up with them. Although you can’t predict when there will be a pandemic, keeping up-to-date with news from CDC is a great way to stay on top of your health. A pandemic like covid 19 has blocked the entire world in 2019 and 2020 but still, it is going on in the world even after changes its faces. So, everyone should be well aware of any pandemic before traveling anywhere in the world. This is the first step to be up to date about everything before planning to move anywhere in the world.
2. Check the CDC Travel Health Notices
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Travel Health Notices page is a collection of current health advisories, travel warnings, and other health information for specific countries. Before you book that ticket or even pick out your destination, check if there are any active issues at hand. For example, is your intended destination experiencing an outbreak? Make sure you’re up-to-date on the news so you know what risks may be involved in traveling to certain areas of a country.
3. Protect Your Immune System
The best way to stay healthy while traveling is to take preventative measures. While you may be tempted to gorge on local cuisine and skip washing your hands, a few simple lifestyle changes can go a long way in protecting your immune system. We’ve put together some of our top tips for staying healthy when traveling (or if you happen to fall ill). Always take healthy food during making journeys because having healthy food during traveling is greatly blessed which anyone gets. No restaurant or hotel can provide you with healthy food like your home but certainly, you can find good decoration in the meal of restaurants.
4. Pre-Trip Planning
When planning a trip, it’s important that you sit down and carefully consider all of your risks for getting sick. It may seem like common sense—especially if you are traveling within your own country—but many people don’t stop and think about some of these things until they are on their way. But by taking care in advance, you can increase your odds of having a healthy trip.
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5. Pack Wisely
If you’re going overseas, it’s best to stick with travel-sized toiletries and bring extra plastic bags for any oversize items you may want to pack. Not only will your checked luggage be lighter, but TSA will thank you for keeping your liquids in easily disposable plastic bags. With regards to any clothing items, you decide to wear on your trip, make sure they’re machine washable so that cleaning them doesn’t become an added challenge. Most people do not take all precautions in clothing especially in traveling but during pandemics, we all will have to use clean and virus-free clothes. If you come back to your room or the place take off your clothes before entering your bed. Do not use them again or even touch them.
6. Avoid High Risk Areas
If you have no way of avoiding a region affected by an epidemic, a pandemic, or other disease outbreak, be sure to wear long sleeves and long pants in public places. Keep your hands away from your face at all times (the flu and tuberculosis are spread through droplets that can hang in the air for up to two hours). High-risk areas include crowded public spaces such as shopping malls and airports. A pandemic like covid 19 which has taken millions of lives is very dangerous so avoid the interaction as much as you can. You are the only person who can prevent yourself and the rest of the people.
7. Clean Hands and Surfaces
The single most important thing you can do while abroad is wash your hands frequently with clean water and soap, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Wash your hands before eating, drinking, smoking, or touching your face. You should also be cautious of surfaces. Don’t put your purse on a table in a restaurant or bar that has been touched by countless other patrons who may not have been washing their hands regularly. If you will not take such precautions then you will not only find yourself in danger but also all the rest of the people who will be with you during your trip. You have to think that all dead only you are the survivor, if you touch anyone you will be dead like them. Use the precautions told by WHO like wearing masks and avoiding crowds.
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8. Choose Restaurants Wisely
No matter where you’re eating, stay away from any foods that are fried or high in fat and calories. Avoid buffets, which usually offer excessive portions of unhealthy food. Also, look out for salad bars—salad toppings can often be calorie bombs (and sometimes full of unhealthy ingredients like mayonnaise). If you do go to a restaurant that offers a salad bar, make sure you stick with lighter toppings such as lettuce and chicken. If I say simply keep yourself away from delicious food because delicious food lost its calories and proteins would lead you towards health. Use simple but healthy food which can help you develop your immunity in your body that is the only way to fight the pandemic.
9. Get Vaccinated Prior To Traveling
Staying current on vaccinations is a smart move, especially if you’re planning on hitting a foreign destination. Visiting your healthcare provider at least 6-8 weeks before you leave for your trip will ensure that you don’t have any missed shots. The CDC recommends that most adults traveling abroad receive vaccinations against hepatitis A and B, typhoid, yellow fever, polio, meningococcal disease, and Japanese encephalitis. Unfortunately, in developing countries, people are afraid of vaccination, they believe that this vaccination can bring them towards death. It is because of the lack of education to fight the pandemic that those who do not get vaccinated become dangerous for all. The role of social media and health campaigns is less that is why people of the third world still do not believe that there is a disease that can take our lives. So, it is very important to get vaccinated before making journeys during pandemics.
10. Carry Medication in Case of An Emergency
An emergency is something that happens in an instant, so keep medication on hand. If you are taking prescription medicine, take a few extra pills in case of an emergency—and don’t forget nonprescription medications such as pain relievers, cold remedies, and antihistamines. Also make sure you have any other essential medicines with you, including eye drops or anything else related to your health. You must be well aware of the homemade remedies but be sure you should be reachable to all those treatments during your journey. Some medicines play a vital role as a booster of immunity which helps in bringing good results instead of proper medicines.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2022 Ghulam Nabi Memon