• 7 tips to prevent getting sick while traveling
• Using mobile apps to stay healthy
The hallmark of any conference or meeting is the connecting and sharing amongst attendees. While it’s fantastic to have the thoughts and ideas fl owing, it’s equally important to stop whatever bug or virus is also in attendance. Here are a few tips for staying healthy.
Professional gatherings often mean a lot of handshaking. But that’s not the only prime spot for germs. Elevator buttons, hand rails, and door knobs are notorious for harboring viruses and bacteria. It can be impossible to wash every time you come in contact with one of these. Instead, carry hand sanitizer.
The flu vaccine is a safe and easily accessible way to protect yourself. While not 100% effective against all strains, it will stop many and reduce the effects of others. According to the CDC, it does take two weeks to be fully effective, so plan ahead.
Even the plushest hotels and resorts can have unseen germs. Make room in your carry-on for disinfectant wipes. Wipe down those armrests as you settle onto the plane and then make use of them again in your hotel room. You’ll sleep better knowing the remote, light switches, and door handle aren’t carrying the previous guest’s cold.
Get your rest
Rest keeps your body’s immune system primed for battle. While we’re always advocating for taking advantage of every moment of
every gathering (especially that unscheduled networking in the hotel bar), it’s also important to get a good night’s sleep.
Skip the soda and have a bottle of water or hot tea during that afternoon break. Like rest, fl uids are important for a healthy immune system.
Use your smartphone
Both Apple and Android devices are packed with apps to help you get and stay healthy. Here are a few of our favorites:
Sickweather - Map and track illness patterns near you. (Apple, Android, Online)
Iodine - Choose the best medicine for your symptoms. (Apple, Online)
Sleep Cycle - Tracks your sleep patterns and wakes you during light sleep. (Apple, Android)
Sometimes you have to make the tough, but responsible choice not to travel. If you wouldn’t want whatever you have sitting next
to you on a plane or shoulder-to-shoulder in a conference room - don’t force it on your fellow attendees. Forced to go anyway? Wash your hands frequently and politely decline the handshake.
If you come down with something really miserable while you’re on the road, ask the hotel staff for a recommendation for an urgent care or walk-in clinic nearby. You often don’t need an appointment and you might be able to get some relief before traveling home. You’ll likely also get more out of the conference or meeting if you’re feeling well.