Simple precautions to help travelers stay healthy (Printer friendly)
But as the summer travel season gets under way, those in the business of keeping people healthy say good planning and some vigilance can increase the odds of keeping illness at bay.
Get plenty of rest, good nutrition and fluids before and during the trip.
Wash your hands frequently.
Pack prescriptions, common drugs such as Pepto Bismol, aspirin and even an antibiotic for travelers' diarrhea.
Walk around on flights longer than two hours.
Use petroleum jelly in your nostrils while on the plane for moisture that fends off bacteria.
Consider a massage or melatonin to treat jet lag.
When going overseas, check with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for general travel warnings.
For exotic trips, see an experienced travel doctor six to eight weeks before for immunizations and advice.
Drink bottled water even where the systems are clean but unfamiliar to your system.
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