Ten Tips for Staying Healthy on the Road

Traveling clinicians like you play a vital role in providing healthcare across different regions, but it’s essential to prioritize your own health as well!

Here are some essential tips to help you prioritize your well-being and stay healthy during flu and respiratory illness season:

  1. Get Vaccinated: Start by protecting yourself with an annual flu vaccine. This not only reduces your risk of getting sick but also helps prevent the spread of the virus to vulnerable patients.
  2. Hand Hygiene is Key: Frequent handwashing is a clinician’s best friend. Always wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use hand sanitizer when appropriate. Carry travel-sized hand sanitizers and disinfecting wipes while on the road.
  3. Proper PPE Use: Ensure you wear the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) when caring for patients. Be prepared for varying PPE requirements at different facilities.
  4. Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of water to keep your immune system in top shape. Dehydration can weaken your body’s defenses.
  5. Rest and Sleep: Adequate rest is essential for a strong immune system. Try to maintain a consistent sleep schedule and prioritize quality sleep when off-duty.
  6. Balanced Diet: Fuel your body with a well-balanced diet. Seek out local grocery stores and healthy food options to maintain a balanced diet, even when on the road.
  7. Exercise Regularly: Incorporate regular physical activity into your routine to boost your immune system and reduce stress.
  8. Stay Informed: Keep up with the latest information and guidelines from your healthcare facility and local health authorities regarding illnesses in your area. Also, familiarize yourself with local healthcare resources and consider exploring your telehealth options.
  9. Sick Day Protocol: Get to know your facility’s protocol now so that you are prepared if you do fall ill.
  10. Symptom Awareness: Be vigilant about flu and respiratory illness symptoms. Early recognition can prompt you to seek care promptly and protect your patients from potential exposure.

Safe travels, and stay well!