How to Minimise Health Risks During Winter Travel
Posted by Mike Atherton on 07 March, 2016
Though the end of winter is in sight, we are still firmly in cold and flu season, and your travellers may need some help to stay healthy during those hectic business trips.
During winter, the most common risks are colds and flu. A cold can leave you feeling drained and unwell and really impact one's ability to conduct business properly. Flu, meanwhile, is a serious illness that could completely derail a trip. If you have travellers eligible for the flu vaccine, ensure they receive it in good time before they travel.
Helping your travellers stay healthy in winter is an important part of travel management duty of care.
Keeping Healthy During Travel
Encourage your travellers to resist the “grab and go” type meals they're often faced with when travelling. Maintaining a balanced diet will help the body stay in peak shape for fighting off illness. If good meals are not possible, vitamin and mineral supplements can help.
Travellers should try to get ample exercise whilst travelling. They'll be tired and probably very busy, but exercise is proven to provide a valuable boost to the immune system and mood.
They probably have a packed travel itinerary, but it’s essential your travellers find time to rest and recharge; loss of sleep can seriously compromise the immune system, making one more susceptible to illness and less able to fight off any germs already present. Encourage your travellers to head back to their accommodation right after a healthy dinner and take some time to relax before getting to sleep as early as possible.
Here are some simple tips you can share with your travellers to help them care of themselves and keep others well:
- Avoid close contact with ill people if possible.
- Drink lots of fresh, clean water.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Cover any coughs or sneezes with a tissue. No tissue? Cough or sneeze into your sleeve, not your hands.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not readily available, for instance when travelling, use an alcohol-based sanitiser.
Winter business travel health essentials:
- A small pack of disinfectant wipes
- Hand sanitiser
- Vitamin and mineral supplements
- A bottle of water and healthy snacks for the journey – low sugar cereal bars, dried fruit and nuts and maybe some dark chocolate for a quick energy boost
- A “first defence” spray to ward off a cold before it can begin
- A packet of tissues, throat lozenges and pain relief – just in case
For in-depth look at how business travellers view risk, download the results of our risk survey.