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How to stay healthy when traveling

07.26.2016
Topic Featured News

Travel Guard

Nothing will ruin a business trip faster than the realization that you've contracted a cold. Sniffling, coughing and sneezing through a presentation is not the way to impress a client or your boss, so it's vital that you stay healthy so you can perform at your best. With viruses like Zika floating around, travelers are a little more on edge than usual. However, let's debunk that myth right now.

It is highly unlikely that you will come anywhere close to getting the Zika virus as it's only known method of contraction is via transmission from someone that is infected, like a mosquito bite or sex. As of right now, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has not reported any cases of the virus within the U.S., however there are reports of people with the disease who have returned from exotic travels who reside in the country.

Your chances of catching the common cold or flu and reducing your A-game to your B-game are much higher than contracting the Zika virus. That being said, here are some tips on how to stay healthy on your next business trip:

1. Stay hydrated
Staying hydrated is the key to a healthy body in general, but it is especially important to do while traveling, explained the Huffington Post. You can't bring liquids in through security, but you don't have to spend all your money on expensive airport water either. Simply bring an empty water bottle in your carry-on and fill it up on the other side. Be careful though - depending on your final destination, you might not be able to drink the tap water. Make sure you look into this before you go, and only consume bottled water if it appears to be suspicious.
The source also noted that, although you'll want to take the edge off of flying, you shouldn't consume alcoholic beverages. These will only dehydrate you faster.

2.  Reduce stress as much as possible
Your immune system will be compromised if you overexert yourself while traveling, reported Forbes. If you don't want to get sick, make sure you get to the airport a little early so you won't have to rush.

3. Keep your hands to yourself
Not everyone is as clean as you so it's best you try to limit what you touch to just your own belongings. It goes without saying that you should wash your hands when possible, but it might behoove you to carry a travel-sized sanitary lotion for when you can't.

4. Don't try to fight through it
If you think you might have contracted something, the worst thing you could do is try to power through it. You might think you're exerting leadership and dedication by showing up to the meeting under the weather, but you could risk making yourself worse, or infecting everyone else. Should you experience some of the following symptoms during or after a trip, explained the CDC, it's important that you seek medical attention as soon as possible to ensure it doesn't develop into a worse condition: fever, severe headaches, nausea, vomiting, rashes or lightheadedness.

The information contained here is provided by Brafton. AIG Travel assumes no responsibility for the use, accuracy, or interpretation of the information contained herein.