Now that you have your COVID-19 vaccine and it’s safer to travel, you’re finally planning the vacation you’ve put off for the last year. The last thing you want, of course, is to get sick while you’re away, so today we’re offering six tips on how to stay healthy while traveling.Wear a maskMasks kept us healthy during the pandemic, and they’ll do the same while you’re on vacation. Not only do they keep people who haven’t been vaccinated safe from COVID-19, but they can also help filter out other cold and flu viruses.Wash your handsWashing your hands thoroughly isn’t just a good defense against COVID-19. Good hygiene can protect you from all sorts of viruses, from the flu to stomach bugs.Sanitize your hotel roomMost hotels and airlines employ strict cleaning measures to keep their guests safe from COVID-19, but extra precautions couldn’t hurt. Bring your own products to wipe down armrests, phones, remotes, and anything else you might need to touch that someone else might have gotten to first.Get your vaccinationsYes, you have your COVID-19 vaccine, but that’s not necessarily enough to keep you completely healthy. When you travel overseas, additional vaccinations may be either recommended or required before entry is authorized.Protect yourself from the sunJust because you might not be at the beach doesn’t mean you won’t be spending time under the sun. Apply sunscreen of at least SPF 30, wear clothes that protect your skin from the sun, and wear sunglasses and a hat to protect your face and eyes. This will help protect your skin from sunburn and your eyes from the UV rays that contribute to cataracts.Stay hydratedDrinking plenty of water is always a good idea, for many reasons, whether you’re traveling or not. However, if you are traveling overseas, it might be a good idea to drink bottled water, as unfiltered water might contain bacteria that your body isn’t used to.Have a healthy vacationStay safe and healthy while traveling, and we’ll be here to care for all your eye and ENT needs when you return.This blog is for informational purposes only. For specific medical questions, please consult your doctor. New patients can make appointments online with our doctors in North and South Carolina. Current patients can also make appointments through myCEENTAchart with physicians they have already seen.