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» Be­fore you leave En­sure that you’ve re­ceived all the re­quired vac­cines for the coun­try or coun­tries you’re vis­it­ing. Some coun­tries can refuse you en­try if you’re un­vac­ci­nated. Visit trav­el­vac­ci­na­tion­ or smar­trav­eller. to find out which vac­ci­na­tions you need, or talk to your GP. » On the plane Drink. Drink. Drink. Wa­ter, that is. To counter the ef­fects of low hu­mid­ity, which in­creases your chance of get­ting air­borne viruses, drink plenty of wa­ter. Stud­ies have shown that sip­ping small amounts through­out the flight is more ben­e­fi­cial than drink­ing a lot of wa­ter in one sit­ting. » Use a saline nasal spray The low hu­mid­ity on the plane can also dry out your nasal pas­sages leav­ing you more vul­ner­a­ble to in­fec­tion. Us­ing a non-med­i­cated saline nasal spray is an ex­cel­lent way to keep the nasal pas­sages moist. » Keep your hands clean Take some an­tibac­te­rial wipes and wash your hands reg­u­larly. Ac­cord­ing to Trav­el­, tray ta­bles, over­head air vents, seat­belt buck­les, toi­let flush but­tons and toi­let stall locks are the dirt­i­est sur­faces on air­planes. Wash­ing your hands reg­u­larly and wip­ing your tray ta­ble and seat­belt buckle with an­tibac­te­rial wipes go a long way in help­ing to pre­vent the spread of germs. » Keep your air vent on While it may cause you to shiver, stud­ies have shown that keep­ing the over­head air ven­ti­la­tion on is ac­tu­ally a key way of avoid­ing ill­ness. This is be­cause the blow­ing air cre­ates a bar­rier around you, forc­ing air­borne viruses away.

» Get up To pre­vent deep vein throm­bo­sis (DVT), get up reg­u­larly and walk around, es­pe­cially on long flights. Con­trary to pop­u­lar be­lief, DVT doesn’t just oc­cur on planes but also on long bus and train trips too. When you can’t get up, flex­ing and ro­tat­ing your an­kles for a few min­utes ev­ery half an hour is a good way to ex­er­cise your calf mus­cles, as well as en­cour­age bet­ter cir­cu­la­tion. » At your des­ti­na­tion Be care­ful what you put in your mouth. Visit smar­trav­ to see what’s safe to eat and drink at your des­ti­na­tion. » Go shop­ping If you’re wor­ried about get­ting trav­eller’s di­ar­rhoea from eat­ing con­tam­i­nated food or wa­ter, there are prod­ucts on the mar­ket that claim to min­imise your chances of get­ting sick, by bind­ing to the germs that cause di­ar­rhoea and pre­vent­ing them from at­tach­ing to the in­testi­nal wall. Check out trav­e­ for more in­for­ma­tion. » Out in na­ture If you’re out in na­ture and want to drink from that crys­tal-clear moun­tain stream, think again. While they may look safe, streams, creeks and springs can be con­tam­i­nated with wa­ter-borne bac­te­ria such as Giar­dia in­testi­nalis and Cryp­tosporid­ium.

So, make sure you carry plenty of wa­ter or be pre­pared to pu­rify your wa­ter us­ing meth­ods such as boil­ing, wa­ter pu­rifi­ca­tion tablets, Uv-light wa­ter pu­ri­fiers or wa­ter fil­ters. » Stock up on es­sen­tials As well as food and wa­ter, al­ways bring a first aid kit with all the es­sen­tials – in­clud­ing plenty of plas­ters for blis­ters – when you’re out in na­ture. And don’t for­get your sun­screen and in­sect re­pel­lent.

Streams can be con­tam­i­nated. So, make sure you carry plenty of wa­ter or be pre­pared to pu­rify your wa­ter

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