Getting sick while travelling internationally is not fun! Having a sick child is even worse. Unfortunately it has happened to us. Here are some of the ways we are planning on staying healthy on our next trip.
Boost Your Immune System Before You Leave
For a few weeks before you leave start taking immune boosters. We regularly take:
Probiotics - There are several reasons for this, but the number one reason is your digestive system. When you get sick, your body may start to slow down and become sluggish. This includes your digestive tract. This means that toxins are being held in your body and could be harboring bacteria that makes it harder for you to get over the illness you are experiencing. Probiotics will help break down these toxins and flush your system.
Omega 3 - The main reason to add Omega 3 to your system is due to how it interacts with your white cells. The omega 3 fatty acids help your white cells to work at optimal levels to help fight bacteria. If you are taking Vitamin D supplements, the Omega 3 will also help the Vitamin D work at optimal levels as well. You can boost your omega 3 supplement during times when you are sick with a cold or flu to help boost the immune system and the white cells working on the bacteria.
Vitamin C - Vitamin C is a standard when it comes to supplements for your immune system. Though you may know you should be taking it, you may not know what it does. Though it does help building your immune system, it also helps to flush out your system while maintaining the stomach lining and intestinal lining and not disrupting or damaging these areas. You can take Vitamin C in many forms, but a juice or smoothie option will get the benefits into your system quickly and easily.
The key to remember when you reach for supplements is to look for certain labels. The trick to getting the purest form is to look for vegan labeled supplements if you are reaching for plant-based options. If you are going for non plant-based options then you need to look for a non-GMO label. This is due to the growing process of GMO foods that can hinder the benefits of the naturally occurring herb, plant, or animal supplement you are using.
Wash your hands - Wash them often. Carry antibacterial hand washing gel with you, and wash frequently. Germy people have touched everything, and those germs get on your hands and then they make you sick. The easiest way to prevent travel colds is to wash your hands a lot! If there aren't hand washing facilities available, use wet wipes. Our favourites are Pure Beginnings Biodegradable Baby Wipes. They are made with organic aloe extract and tea tree oil so they are naturally antibacterial, antiseptic and antifungal.
Drink lots of water - Travel tends to dehydrate you. Airplanes, especially, have very dry air in them. Avoid caffeinated or alcoholic beverages because they tend to make you more dehydrated. If you are flying, avoid carbonated beverages because the gas expands while you are in the air, and you know what kind of problems that can cause, especially for your seat mate. Bottled water is best if you are unsure about the safety of local water.
Walk - If you are stuck in a bus, train or plane seat for long periods of time, you can develop blood clots in your legs, which can be very dangerous. Get up and walk around as much as possible. Take a good walk at rest stops. As a general rule, you shouldn’t sit for more than a couple of hours at a time. If sitting is unavoidable, stretch your legs out and move them around frequently.
Ear pain - It's common for kids to experience ear discomfort during a plane's takeoff and descent caused by pressure in the middle ear as it tries to keep up with the rapidly changing air pressure. Encourage kids to swallow, yawn, or, if they're old enough, chew gum. It may help infants to nurse or suck on a bottle.
Motion sickness - Travel (or motion) sickness is caused by a conflict between the eye and ear: The inner ears detect movement, but the eyes — focused within a car or other vehicle — do not. These mixed signals coming into the brain can cause nausea, dizziness, vomiting, paleness, and cold sweats. Motion sickness often happens on ships and boats, but it also can affect kids when they travel in planes, buses, and cars.
Diarrhoea - diarrhoea and other stomach problems can be common during travel. Often, they're caused by bacteria or other germs entering the digestive tract, usually from contaminated food or water. Diarrhoea is especially a problem for young kids and babies, who can become dehydrated more quickly than adults. Consider only drinking bottled water when travelling internationally.
When you pack, include any medicines and other medical supplies you and your family use regularly because they may be hard to find at your destination. Don't forget inhalers, allergy medication, and insulin, if needed.
Also consider packing: