Category: Health & Safety

8 tips to avoid bed bugs when traveling

While most travelers will never encounter a bed bug in their lives, it is still wise to know how to avoid bed bugs when traveling and how to avoid getting bitten or bringing home your own little colony. Hotel quality, or lack thereof, has little to do with whether or not there might be a bed bug or two lurking.

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Eight tips for flying in comfort

So you’ve booked your ticket, chosen a seat, and you’re packing your luggage, including your carry-on bag. But will you be flying in comfort? You DO want to have a comfortable flight, and you hope you won’t have a neighbor from h— sitting next to you. Assuming you used SeatGuru.com to help you choose the best seat you can (knowing it really is a bit of a crap shoot), what else can you do to plan and pack to ensure a more comfortable flight? Wear comfortable clothes. No, that doesn’t mean your jammies, oh please. A little decorum is still...

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Nine tips to stay healthy when flying

Ebola, measles, flu, blood clots and more seem to lurk everywhere. Read the news and you begin to imagine a thousand ways to get sick when sealed in a flying aluminum tube with 300 of your new best friends. Really, though, there is no need for fear and hysteria. Here are nine tips from HI Travel Tales to help you stay healthy when flying and help you arrive for your holiday or business as rested as possible.

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Hotel room workout: Stay fit with what you have

Can’t get to a real workout room to strengthen and tone? No worries. You can do a pretty good job maintaining fitness with a hotel room workout that uses what you have in the room and in your luggage. A room workout just takes a little imagination. Think about each exercise you may normally do and then get creative with your own hotel room exercise routine mimicking its motions, using everything from your luggage to water bottles filled with water to chairs to even toilets!

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Travel fitness advice: Packing, clothes and gear

What you pack along will have a huge impact on whether you workout or how comfortable you are when you do. A friend of mine used to always have a just-in-case workout bag in his trunk “just in case a workout broke out,” he’d say. And that’s our travel fitness advice too. If you aren’t prepared, you won’t get your healthy fix in.

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Travel fitness tips: Plan ahead to stay on track

Once your trip is planned and you’re thinking about how you can cut back wisely (per the advice in our article “Travel fitness tips: You can stay fit if you adapt”), it’s time to start plotting. Should we say planning? Nah, plotting. It’s time to “plot” hotels, tours, sightseeing, travel departure times and all that other stuff so it doesn’t make fitting in even a short workout totally impossible.

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Fitness tips for travelers: You can stay fit if you adapt

Whether you’re a frequent business traveler or heading out on a family vacation, don’t fall prey to the belief that travel has to be a devastating departure from your fitness routine. Staying fit while traveling isn’t as difficult as you may think. HI Travel Tales has a few fitness tips for travelers. Because we manage to fit in fitness. It just takes a few adjustments to your workout regimen. The key to taking workouts on the road successfully is, one, not letting the travel control you and, two, learning to be flexible. A little planning before you pack your...

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Tips for staying healthy while traveling

Everyday, people are either heading off or planning to head off on a vacation or trip, from skiing to hiking to family holidays. And just as many of them will get sick or end up not feeling 100 percent, thus not properly enjoying the trip. Why? Because in the pursuit of fun, travelers often toss taking care of themselves into the bottom of the luggage with the dirty socks. It doesn’t have to be that way if you will follow a few tips for staying healthy while traveling. Staying Healthy While Traveling: Sleep and travel rituals Insomnia as a result...

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What sunscreen SPF recommendations will protect me from burning?

Dear HI Travel Tales, I always buy the highest SPF I can get but I heard lately that may not be what I need. Sunscreen is so confusing. Can you help? P.M., Flagstaff, Ariz. You aren’t the only one. Therese Iknoian of HI Travel Tales conducted a major multiple-part investigation into sunscreens, manufacturing, ingredients, labels and government oversight that was published in May and June 2010, and she was shocked at what she learned – and found the same confusion in labels you do. Luckily, about a year later the U.S. Food and Drug Administration finally passed guidelines and many of...

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On why I hate ticks!

It’s not all that hard to realize why I hate ticks. The very thought of walking through woods and fields infested with ticks makes my skin crawl. Perhaps it is because of a tick’s predilection to attaching itself firmly to its host, in this case me, and then draining a seemingly prodigious quantity of blood from those dark and moist places where I would rather not have something alien nibbling. Even with my skin dipped in DEET and clothes soaked in permethrin, I am on edge.

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Sunscreen confusion solved: What to choose and why

After more than three decades, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in summer 2011 approved guidelines for sunscreen brands on marketing, labeling and testing to help stop widespread sunscreen confusion. They went into affect in mid-2012 for major players, while smaller ones had until 2013 to comply. But there is still plenty of sunscreen confusion. First, consumers not only had no idea that there were finally regulations, let alone that there hadn’t been any before. Really. None. Not since the FDA started the process of determining rules in 1978. Indeed, there was nothing until 2011 that officially told brands that made all those...

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