So many are writing about getting sick and food poisoning. I thought I would start a thread with some info about how to avoid this happening to you when on vacation. Our first time to Cozumel my husband did get sick. It started there and he was fine most of the time.... but it really kicked in to its full effect shortly after we got home. He had to take in a "sample" and go on antibiotics. They did not find any on thing to pinpoint it as e-coli or anything else in the sample..... so we don't know what was making him ill. We did not make a big fuss of it. We have gotten sick at home before. Bacteria are everywhere.
I have heard from watching news reports and reading health magazines…..that many people actually get sick on the airplane. Yeah… big shocker huh?!?!?!?!? Considering how clean they are and that you are packed in with how many people that might be coughing and sneezing and not washing their hands after they use those dirty filthy bathrooms…… sickness does not always strike that day or even the next day. It can come on after 3 or more days. So taking that into consideration….. I am very careful on the planes.
So.... here is what we did to ensure healthy travel our last trip. It worked and we will do it again in future trips.
First off I am going to start with cleanliness:
1 - I bought Purell Hand Sanitizer in little travel sizes. I just packed this in checked luggage due to the whole gels and liquids fiasco.
2 - For the plane I bought a box of Wet Ones Moist Wipes - these are Antibacterial - kills Germs cleans and nourishes skin. You can probably find them by the paper plates and plastic silverware in your grocery store......I placed some in each of our cary-ons and in my purse. On the plane we used them to wipe the trays down where our food goes and to wipe our hands before we ate our food. I was very happy I had them because the water was not working in the sink of the planes bathroom. Yeah. Nasty nasty bathroom.
We used both the Hand Sanitizer and the Wet wipes all during our stay. They fit right in a pocket or in the beach bag......They went to the beach with us, out to dinner with us, on excursions with us..... We used them every single time we ate…….you get the picture....... Keep your hands clean..... don’t chew on your finger nails…..
Now on to being proactive about Health:
3 - We went to our family Dr. and got a prescription for Cipro. – Only to be used “IF“ we needed it….. We did not.
4 - We started taking a daily multi vitamin about a month before hand and have continued taking them since. (It’s good for us)
5 - I bought Airborne Immune boosting tablets. We started taking these once daily about a week before our trip. And then on the night before and day of travel we took them according to the package description every 3 to 4 hours . Example schedule: 1 at dinner the night before….. one before bedtime….. one in the morning…… one at the airport…… one on the plane…... One before we boarded our next plan at the layover.
6 - I bought a product called Culturelle. It is found at pharmacies usually near the vitamins and supplements. What this is: It is a probiotic, professional strength dietary supplement. It enhances your body's natural defenses. Helps to maintain healthy intestinal bacteria and assists intestinal functioning....... (like how they say yogurt is good for your intestines because of the natural bacteria’s in it)…..we did as the instructions said for travel and started taking it 3 days before our trip twice daily and continued thus over our stay.
Food – We ate what we wanted when we wanted. We had lettuce on our burgers, we had tomatoes on a sandwich… we ate some fruits….. avocado slices, guacamole. We assume that the restaurants we visit clean their foods properly. I guess they did because we did not get sick.
Anyone else have good travel tips????….. please post them. I think people could benefit from this.