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6 Ways to Never Get Sick on Holiday Travel

These tips will help you beat traveler's tummy, jet lag and other common woes

Traveling by air during the holidays is stressful enough with crowds and those surprise delays. No need to add swollen ankles and tummy troubles to the mix!  Stay your healthiest with these six tips:

Take Ginger Capsules, Prevent Sickness While Traveling

Ginger may help delay the onset of nausea before traveling. — Brian Yarvin/Getty Images

1. Go with ginger

En español l If you're susceptible to motion sickness, taking powdered-ginger capsules right before you travel both delays the onset of nausea and helps you recover faster. In one study, in which people were spun in a motorized chair, taking up to 2,000 milligrams of ginger 20 minutes earlier kept them from getting sick for twice as long as those who took drugs.

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Use Apps to Beat Jet Lag, Prevent Sickness While Traveling

Use an app to help prevent jet lag. — Serg Myshkovsky/Getty Images

2. Try an app for jet lag

You may think of jet lag as a mere inconvenience, but British scientists found that it can cause "profound disruption" to over 1,000 genes that regulate your body's clock. To help you adjust faster, several iPhone apps analyze your trip's time zones and offer ways to alter your sleep cycle. Try Entrain, Jet Lag Rooster and JetLag Genie.


Drink Bottled Water, Prevent Sickness While Traveling

Reduce your risk of traveler's diarrhea by drinking bottled water. — Image Source/Getty Images

3. Bottle up

Every year, some 10 million travelers acquire a stomach bug, so if you're traveling abroad, the rule of thumb is "Boil it, cook it, peel it or forget it," says Jenny K. Lee, M.D., an infectious disease specialist with Northwestern University in Chicago. That means eat nothing raw and drink only bottled beverages to reduce your risk of traveler's diarrhea.

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