Your plan? To jet-set from country to country. Your problem? You’re prone to tummy trouble and the sniffles. Plus, the word “hangry” has a prominent place in your vocabulary. Even so, you can still enjoy everything that travel has to offer. Take these five steps throughout your trip—especially on long travel days—and you’ll be prepped to bypass sickness, discomfort and crabbiness in favour of awe and wonder at the great, wide world around you.
Stash cleansing wipes in your purse or carry-on and wipe down your hands before eating—especially if you aren’t able to pop into the restroom to wash up as often as you’d like. It’s also smart to wipe off armrests, tray tables and TV screens on airplanes before use, as they’re often breeding grounds for bacteria.
It may be annoying to constantly gulp down water while flying (hello, frequent bathroom breaks), but staying hydrated can prevent headaches and mood changes—all symptoms you’ll want to avoid if you have busy days packed with flying, driving, eating or sightseeing. Water-rich foods will help with constipation, so grab an apple at the airport or on your morning coffee run.
Seriously, is there anything worse than an upset stomach while on vacay? Prevent diarrhea by packing shelf-stable blister packs of probiotics that will keep your digestive system in balance. Take one or two capsules per day of Flora Travel Care Probiotic, which requires zero refrigeration, and reduce your risk of antibiotic-associated diarrhea and gastrointestinal issues caused by changes in diet or water.
Bring vitamin C along for the ride. It may reduce the frequency of colds that you experience and even shorten the duration of your symptoms, should you catch a bug while on the road.
If you’re the type of person who needs to eat frequently, don’t solely rely on restaurants and convenience stores being available when you need your fix. Instead, stash nuts, dried fruit or granola bars in your bag to stem your hunger and stabilize your mood.
Each vegetarian capsule of Flora Travel Care Probiotic contains 5 billion units of a single strain of probiotic clinically proven to combat pathogenic “bad” bacteria. For general intestinal health, try Flora Complete Care Probiotic, made with six strains of bacteria that ensure a healthy digestive system, or Flora Women’s Care Probiotic, with a blend of eight strains specifically formulated for women.