6 Reasons You May Feel Sick While Travelling

Brittany Reed

Feeling unwell while travelling is something that no one looks forward to, regardless if you’re travelling for business or for pleasure. Unfortunately, travelling in and of itself exposes us to many different crowded places and many different germs, some our bodies may not be accustomed to coming into contact with, so it’s important to stay on top of your health to ensure you feel your best all through your trip. 6 reasons you may feel sick while travelling are:

1.    You consume the water
Bacteria found in tap waters all around the world vary greatly, and while local people in any particular region may be perfectly fine drinking the tap water, it might not settle so well with your own body. These bacteria can cause gastrointestinal problems, and tap water may be hidden in places you least expect. While drinking water from a sealed bottle is easy to remember, it can be a little trickier to always consider the water raw foods may be washed in or the water that makes up the ice cubes in your beverage. Lettuce, onions, and raw vegetables are usually some of the biggest culprits people often forget.

2.    You dig through seatback pockets
While on the plane, you may feel tempted to dig through the seatback pockets to check out what magazines or other entertainment may be tucked away in there. Unfortunately, these aren’t cleaned as often as they maybe should be, and you don’t know how many hands have rummaged through before yours. Also, these are often places where dirty tissues and other items are accidentally stored, spreading germs that you pick up when you reach in next. After investigating seatback pockets, make sure to use an alcohol wipe or hand sanitizer to disinfect and stop the spread of germs.

6 Reasons You May Feel Sick While Travelling3.    Use unwrapped hotel room glasses
Unwrapped glasses in even the swankiest hotel rooms could still be harboring germs rustled up from while the room was being cleaned. A good rule of thumb to follow is to avoid using any glasses in your hotel room if they’re not wrapped in sanitary plastic wrap.

4.    You don’t drink enough
Hydration benefits every single process of the human body, and this includes your immune system. While you’re run down, tired, and going from flight to flight while travelling, you might not think to drink water when it’s most important. Hydrating your body during these times will help to give you energy as well as an immune system boost.

5.    You dive head first into the local fares
While local fares all over the world are delicious, and they give you that true travel experience, it can wreak havoc on stomachs that aren’t used to it if you overdo it. Switching up your diet too much will shock your digestive system, and the next thing you know, you’re left with a pretty awful stomach ache. Rather than going all-in with the local fares, choose local foods for 1 or 2 meals per day, and save at least 1 meal to eat something that is a little more like your usual diet.

6.    Eat off the beaten path
While it’s sometimes nice to get out of tourist areas and go find great local fares off the beaten path, it’s also important to use proper judgement in these locations. A restaurant that is deserted or sees little customer turnover is one that may not have the freshest foods.

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