Category: Health

8 Simple Ways to Stay Healthy During Travel

Trying to stay healthy during travel can be a challenge. It doesn’t matter if you are trying to maintain a fitness routine or simply focusing on staying healthy by eating well and staying moderately active. A lack of a regular routine combined with new food options means that even a little bit of time away from home can have a big effect. However, with a little bit of planning it is quite easy to stay fit and healthy while traveling. We offer plenty of advice on this topic if you visit our page “Travel Fitness: How to Stay Fit...

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Travel hacks for fighting germs in public places

Staying healthy and ready for whatever travel adventure beckons is vital. Who wants to be sick in a hotel bed when the Roman Coliseum or the Great Wall are nearby begging to be seen? That makes fighting germs No. 1 on your to-do list when traveling since you can’t avoid public places!

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Avoiding jet lag: tips from travel experts

Jet lag is nearly inevitable, really, when you travel at today’s pace across multiple time zones. Man was meant to saunter thousands of miles, not jet between continents to suddenly find himself propelled into tomorrow or reliving this morning. Avoiding jet lag is really all about minimizing jet lag’s effects. That is indeed possible, but some of what you need to do may seem counter-intuitive.

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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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Top 3 tips to protect yourself from Zika

Planning on traveling to Brazil, Latin America or the Caribbean? Then you would be wise to know how to protect yourself from Zika. And that means protecting yourself from mosquito bites that spread it. What are the best ways to protect yourself from Zika? We show you how.

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Travel Sickness Prevention: Tips to smooth the journey

Anyone can get travel sick, even if you “never” do. The good news is there is a tried-and-true playbook for travel sickness prevention. The bad news is there is no cure for travel sickness. Also known as motion sickness, car sickness, sea sickness, and air sickness, the malady can come on quickly.

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Insect repellent clothing: Keep bugs away without sprays or lotions

Keep mosquitoes, ticks, flies, chiggers and more from biting without dousing your skin with chemicals. How? With insect repellent clothing infused with permethrin, a chemical approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). There is no odor, you don’t have to worry about reapplying chemicals or their potential hazards, and the insect repellency lasts at least 70 launderings, which is the life expectancy of such treated garments per manufacturers.

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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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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.

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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 in the leading outdoor industry trade news journal, SNEWS, 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...

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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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