Say, for a moment, that one specific food could send your body into a complete and total shock. Would you want to be in a confined space, far up in the air, surrounded by people all eating that food? For food allergy sufferers, that remains a significant deterrent to air travel. If you use a wheelchair, taking public transport or flying can mean similar, life-threatening struggles. If you have asthma and are traveling abroad, it can be terrifying to know that most people wouldn’t be able to help you because you won’t be able to communicate with them. Disability or not, here are a few tips you can take to make your travel a healthy, safe experience.
Bring Bleach Wipes
The best way to fight off your allergens (and that funk!) on an airplane is to bring a container of bleach wipes with you. Allergy doctors recommend brands like Wet Ones, especially if you’re trying to remove any allergens from plastic surfaces like your tray tables. Even if you’re heading into a hotel room, rental car, or cruise ship cabin, it’s not a terrible idea to keep some wipes on you to wipe down any hard surfaces (if you’ve got a second!)
You never know what can go wrong and might want to plan for the worst-case scenario. Forgetting your liver medication, any mobility devices, or even some pain medication can make your life stressful. If it’s something you can pick up at a drugstore, don’t sweat it too much. But if it’s something that you need to live, make sure to pack it, check it, and double check it. Nothing’s worse than having to derail your entire trip because you left your medication at home or got sick!
Keep a Water Bottle on You
Ailment or not, it’s important to take care of your health when you’re traveling! Nothing is more frustrating than having to cut your trip short because you got sick. Staying hydrated, especially if exercising or walking long distances, being in the sun, or on an airplane, is essential to keep your healthy and happy. Bringing a cute, durable water bottle is a great way to encourage healthy water drinking habits on your trip.
Get Lots of Sleep
Just like drinking water is essential for staying healthy, so is sleeping! While it might be tempting to slack off on sleep, and pack your days full of activities, try to get at least seven hours a night of good, healthy sleep. If you’re experiencing jet-lag, try going outside to get lots of sunlight. This should reset your circadian rhythm or your inner clock. If that doesn’t work, try picking up some melatonin pills to help ease you to sleep. If you’ve got a shorter trip, and find yourself worrying about jet lag, try slowly adjusting the times that you wake up and go to sleep before the trip to ease your body into the time change.
Know Your Foods
For people with food allergies especially, but also for people who don’t like certain foods, it might be a good idea to know the names of specific foods in the language(s) of the places you can be traveling to. This ensures that at least to some degree, chefs and other restaurant staff should know what to avoid when they serve you your food. While this might not be the most encouraging thing to consider, it sure does beat getting sick!
Let People Know
If you’re traveling with sickness, disability, or other ailments, especially if it’s not visible or if you’re going it alone, tell someone! Be it the hotel desk, the gate staff, flight attendants, or crew on a cruise; it’s better that they know to keep an eye out for your safety. The TSA even offers cards that you can distribute to TSA agents and cabin crew to let them know that you need assistance or have a disability.
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