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Avoid Getting Sick When Traveling: Tips from a Germophobe

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Did you know that airplane bathrooms, hotel light switches and touch screen ticket kiosks are among the germiest places? We encounter all these germy places multiple times a day when we travel, which means if we’re not careful, we can easily contract viruses. And nothing ruins a trip more than getting sick. But what can we do? Well apparently, a lot actually.

Here are tips from a trusted expert (a.k.a. my germophobe husband) on how to avoid those viruses and keep yourself healthy during a trip.

What to Do:

1. Pack your immune boosters with you!

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First things first: make sure you’re prepared! I’ve already written lengthily about how travel motivates me to stay healthy and about how I double up on my supplements a week before a trip, but I wanna say it again because it’s SO important! I’m so paranoid to get sick before a trip so I really take extra steps to boost my immune system before AND during a trip.

I always make sure to pack with me my multi-vitamins, Vitamin C and my personal favorite, colostrum supplements. I pack sachets of IgCo Milk with Colostrum and take them at night. I’m really a personal believer of taking colostrum as it’s been proven to contain antibodies, which really helps fight viruses (especially since it’s flu season, ugh!) And because IgCo comes in small powdered packs, it’s so easy to bring on trips. You can get these at Mercury Drug stores.

Don’t forget packing your travel first aid kit, just in case! (Make a kids version too, if traveling with kids!)

2. Avoid touching your face

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If my husband had a motto, this would probably be it (that, alongside “Don’t trust anyone!” Haha!) Apparently, this is how viruses spread; through our eyes, nose or mouth. SO, don’t touch your face! I used to wonder why I would always get sick and him, hardly and he tells me it’s because he is conscious and makes sure he doesn’t touch his face. Ok, I concede.

3. Wash your hands often and sanitize!

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Ok, I know number two is hard so the next best thing you can do is to make sure your hands are clean as often as possible. It’s so easy to get contaminated with viruses in public places; when you hold the subway rails, touch the door handle, push a shopping cart, and so on. We always carry small bottles of alcohol spray and a pack of anti-bac wipes.

If you’re particular about public utensils, we recommend you give BioCair spray a try. It is an anti-bacterial spray but contains no alcohol so it’s safe to use for spoons, forks, bowls and even baby bottles. In case you wanna eat at one of those super cheap and really good hole-in-the-walls. Hehe.

That’s not all (haha you guys might think we’re crazy, which we probably are!)

4. Wear masks in crowded areas

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I see this a lot in other asian countries like in Hong Kong and Japan. However, it’s not common practice here in the Philippines. But it really should be! When taking crowded subways or whenever you’re in crowded enclosed spaces, wear a face mask! Someone is bound to cough or sneeze and you don’t wanna catch their germs right?

If you’re willing to take this a step further, I would suggest wearing a mask inside the plane. As mentioned, planes are one of the germiest places and just imagine the quality of the air that goes around, especially in a long haul flight! Ew. Try to close your mouth when you sleep!

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I’m also a total believer of Safeguard anti-bacterial soap because it’s scientifically proven to kill disease-causing germs. So whenever I travel, I make sure I have my Safeguard! At the same time, my husband says you can’t trust the soap they put in public restrooms.

So I got this super cute Mickey Mouse case (from SM Accessories kids department), drained out the original soap and transferred Safeguard inside it. Ta-da! Always ready to wash our hands and kill all those germs.

5. Drink a lot of water and get enough rest

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Sometimes, when we’re too busy exploring, we tend to take our health for granted. But this shouldn’t be the case. Always carry your own bottle of water so you can stay hydrated. Always keep track of time as well so you don’t end up skipping meals or going home too late.

Don’t forget to get enough rest so your body can catch up on all the adventuring! Happy travels!

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  • Reply
    October 23, 2017 at 2:10 pm

    it is always better to be extra careful when travelling. you wont enjoy if you do get sick.

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      Sheena Sy Gonzales
      October 23, 2017 at 4:35 pm

      Yes that’s true! I have a trip coming up and praying I’ll be in tip top shape throughout

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    October 23, 2017 at 11:43 pm

    Being sick on vacation is the worst! Thanks for sharing these tips. The big one I’ve learned is to never touch escalator rails – never whose dirty hands were on there before yours!

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      Sheena Sy Gonzales
      October 24, 2017 at 6:49 pm

      Tell me about it!! Yes try your best not to touch those!

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    October 24, 2017 at 2:55 am

    I’m always extra careful when I’m traveling as well!! It’s so important to wash your hands!!

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      Sheena Sy Gonzales
      October 24, 2017 at 6:48 pm

      Yes that’s true!!

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    Susie @ Mile High Dreamers
    October 24, 2017 at 8:13 am

    This is SO real though! I’m a 1st grade teacher and will go ALL year without getting sick from my 6-year-olds. But the last TWO times I’ve been in an airport, I’ve gotten hit with bugs that knocked me out for WEEKS! It really is awful there. I especially believe in washing hands and drinking tons of water. It makes a huge difference!

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      Sheena Sy Gonzales
      October 24, 2017 at 8:40 pm

      I’m so happy to hear people agree and not think we are over reacting hahaha!! But YES really need to wash hands!!

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    Audrey | Brunch at Audrey's
    October 24, 2017 at 10:45 pm

    Not touching my face is something I constantly need to remind myself about! And drinking water too! -Audrey

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      Sheena Sy Gonzales
      October 25, 2017 at 9:57 am

      Yes, both super important!!

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    Andreea Birsan
    October 25, 2017 at 1:06 am

    Thanks for the great tips! Wishing you a great day. xx

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    October 25, 2017 at 5:39 am

    These are really good tips!! It’s so important especially when you’re traveling becasue the absolute worst is getting sick on vacation. Great post!!

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      Sheena Sy Gonzales
      October 25, 2017 at 9:55 am

      Thanks Colleen! Yeah it’s the worst.

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    Len Parent
    October 25, 2017 at 12:51 pm

    He’s really adorable! What an amazing photos! thanks for sharing!
    Have a wonderful day!

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      Sheena Sy Gonzales
      October 25, 2017 at 3:13 pm

      Aww thanks Len! <3

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    The Gypsy Files
    October 26, 2017 at 1:12 am

    Omg! Your little boy is too cute. Love this travel guide, by the way! I swear I can’t go on a trip these days without getting sick. Thanks so much for sharing!

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      Sheena Sy Gonzales
      October 28, 2017 at 10:41 pm

      Awww hope you can have a sick-free trip soon!!

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    Nicole @ Bento Momentos
    October 27, 2017 at 1:49 am

    Lovely post and great reminders! That little mickey tsum tsum antibacterial holder is adorable.

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      Sheena Sy Gonzales
      October 28, 2017 at 10:40 pm

      Heehee yes I love having a reason to bring it around!

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    October 27, 2017 at 4:46 pm

    I love these immune boosters! Always so helpful!

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      Sheena Sy Gonzales
      November 4, 2017 at 1:45 pm

      Yes true!!

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    October 28, 2017 at 6:49 am

    I am always sanitizing my hands. I hate getting a cold or other things. I love your tips here. Thank you for sharing them. xoxo Cris

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      Sheena Sy Gonzales
      October 28, 2017 at 10:38 pm

      Thanks Cris yes same here!

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    November 1, 2017 at 8:38 pm

    I get sick when I’m traveling ALL THE TIME especially in the city! I love these tips. I always touch my face and I think that’s the culprit. I’ll have to stop that. Thanks!

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      Sheena Sy Gonzales
      November 2, 2017 at 3:06 am

      Yay yes at least now you know, you can try avoiding it on you next trip hehe

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