The recent COVID-19 pandemic has put staying healthy in the spotlight. And staying healthy while traveling can be even more challenging.
It’s all too common to end up a little under the weather while traveling. Time changes, pressurized air cabins, local allergens and a packed schedule are just some of the factors that can cause you to feel less you’re your best.
Here’s some tips to help you stay healthy while enjoying your hard-earned vacation.
Keep on top of your hygiene.
We’re not just referring to regular showers and tooth-brushing here, although those certainly help! Washing your hands is a simple step that can help prevent the spread of viruses. Wash with soap and water for at least twenty seconds (about the length of the song “Happy Birthday”), scrubbing the front and back of your hands, in between fingers, and even up your forearms. You can also carry a small bottle of hand sanitizer to help protect against bacterial infections (just be sure it’s strong enough and used as directed to be effective). Try also to avoid touching your hands to your face.
Be mindful of what you eat.
Belize weather is warm and humid – the perfect breeding conditions for bacteria. While there is less concern ordering in restaurants or on-site at our resort, be mindful when buying street food or when storing purchased food. Fruits, salads, drinks and meats can potentially carry bacteria, so make a judgment call before making a purchase. Refrigerate ingredients or leftovers, and discard anything left sitting out at room temperature.
The sun can be strong here, so take precautions. Wear sunscreen along with protective gear such as a hat, sunglasses and appropriate attire. On particularly warm days, avoid being out in direct sun from 11-3 if possible. And always carry a water bottle with you so that you can easily rehydrate. Remember, if you’re thirsty, you’re already dehydrated.
Don’t get bitten!
The tropics are home to bugs and mosquitoes, so always carry insect repellent, especially if you’re going to be in the jungle. Long pants and sleeves can also help keep bugs away if a hike is on your agenda.
Get enough sleep.
Between the late nights, early starts and jetlag, it’s easy to neglect sleep while on vacation. However, a good night’s rest can keep you from becoming run down, meaning that you’ll be less susceptible to illness. Aim for eight hours (or more – you are in laid-back Belize, after all!), and add a nap here or there if you can.
Speak with your doctor about recommended vaccinations and precautions before traveling and carry a refill of any prescriptions with you as well. When booking your trip, ensure that your travel insurance covers medical, and check government travel advisories for news and updates regarding travel, as these can change.
If you’re traveling to Belize and have questions about any of the above recommendations, feel free to get in touch with the team at Sirenian Bay Resort & Villas. We’re always happy to help.