How to Avoid Getting Sick While Travelling

by Emese Graham
a woman packs a travelling first aid kit into her suitcase

Every now and then, news-worthy events like the COVID-19 concerns prompt people to take a second look at their own travelling habits and ask themselves, “Am I doing enough to stay healthy when I travel?”

No matter where your travel dreams take you, there are plenty of simple things you can do to help prevent getting sick on your trip. As Expert Travellers ourselves, we’d love to share our top tips for staying healthy on vacation.

Keep Germs Away While Flying

a woman waits for her flight in an airport

Just like subways, shopping malls, and movie theatres, airports bring you into close quarters with a lot of people.

  • Always travel with a 100mL bottle of hand sanitizer and a travel-packet of cleaning wipes.
  • Make a habit of washing your hands frequently – especially before eating or touching your face.
  • On the plane, don’t be afraid to wipe down your armrests and entertainment screens before settling in.
  • If you bring your own travel pillow and blanket, make sure you wash them after every trip, along with your suitcases.
  • Take a quick shower after your flight. (Psst… some business class airport lounges have showers for this very reason!)

Stay Informed

a woman researches travel advisories on her laptop

The government of Canada provides accurate, up-to-date information about the safety of travel destinations around the world. Use these online travel advisories to inform yourself about any precautions you or your children might need to take in your destination. You should also familiarize yourself with the Canadian consular services found in your travel destination.

Your Expert Traveller can also help point you in the right direction when it comes to immunization options and drinking water safety.

Planning some adventure travel? Make sure you’re in the know before you go. Ask your Expert Traveller how you can prepare for physically demanding activities.

Pack a Mini First Aid Kit

a woman packs a travelling first aid kit into her suitcase

Even if you’re not hiking through mountains or zip-lining through jungles, a small supply of first aid items can go a long way to keep you comfortable on your getaway.

Our packing checklist always includes:

  • Anti-nauseants for road trips and plane rides (herbal teas also come in handy!)
  • Antihistamines for mild allergic reactions
  • Rehydration solutions (especially if you’re travelling with kiddos, who are more susceptible to “the runs”)
  • Over-the-counter painkillers
  • Aloe Vera for mild sunburns
  • Tweezers
  • Alcohol wipes & small bandages

Eat & Drink Smart

a man drinks bottled water while hiking

Our adventurous appetites have taken us literally all over the world! For many of our Expert Travellers, eating well and travelling well go hand in hand. To keep our tummies happy, we recommend:

  • Staying up to date with drinking water advisories
  • Avoiding room temperature foods (Made to order foods usually taste better than the buffet anyways!)
  • Avoiding unpasteurized juices and dairy
  • Paying attention to food handling

Remember, eating yummy balanced meals and staying hydrated can help keep your body and immune system strong! Our Expert Travellers can help you sniff out the best places to eat during your trip.

Keep Your Insurance Info Handy

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OHIP coverage has recently changed and we’ll be happy to walk you through the coverage options that fit your needs. For those concerned about illness outbreaks, a cancel-for-any-reason plan may be the best fit.

In the event that you do end up visiting that resort physician, make sure you travel with all of your medical information, prescription details, and travel insurance information for your convenience. Our Expert Travellers will compile your travel insurance details with the rest of your itinerary, all in our convenient app.


Looking for more guidance about your upcoming travel plans? Don’t be a stranger! Pop into the Flight Centre location nearest you. Our Expert Travellers will be happy to help.