How to Avoid Getting Sick While Traveling

Some of us might have the kind of experience and constitution to be never, ever sick at sea, but for the most part, illnesses are an unavoidable part of life. A person can be especially vulnerable while traveling; between the stress on the body incurred from flying, jet lag, and the like, there are the frequent occasions being among a crowd of people who come from very different places than you and thus are more likely to carry germs or viruses you may not have an immunity to.

Fortunately, there are some steps you can take to protect yourself from getting sick. We’ve put together a list of some of the simplest and most effective ones for you.

Care for your immune system

You can do a number of things for your immune system. An easy and common one is to bring and take vitamin C supplements regularly, including before you even board the plane for your trip. Getting immunizations before you travel is also key, particularly if you’re traveling places that are known for certain infectious diseases. (In certain parts of Africa, for example, you have to be very careful of malaria, and may need to bring anti-malaria pills as well.) Finally, although alcohol is a fine part of many vacations, over-imbibing will leave your immune system vulnerable, so be responsible.

Water supply

Drink lots of water. Staying hydrated is essential to helping your body fight off germs and infections. However,  you also need to be very careful about where your water comes from. The local water supply doesn’t have to be contaminated to make you sick; the presence of otherwise normal bacteria that your system is not used to can do it. All in all, drink bottled or filtered water only, and make sure to bring several bottles of water with you anywhere you go.


This is one situation where it’s fine to be a little overzealous when it comes to being sanitary. You’ll come into contact with lots of people and be in lots of public spaces during your traveling time, so it’s better to be safe than sorry. Wash your hands frequently. Carrying hand sanitizer is a smart move as well, as you don’t always know when you’ll have the opportunity to find a restroom, particularly if you’re on an outdoors excursion. Don’t be shy about sanitizing or wiping down your seat on a flight or any public transportation you use. Again, better safe than sorry.

A great vacation can be ruined quickly if you get sick in the middle of it and can’t enjoy the experience. With these few basic tips, you should be well on your way to having a safe vacation free from disease or illness. When you’re ready to book your next vacation, visit us at and let our travel professionals walk you through the process.