When you go on vacation, you may notice that many of your usual daily tasks no longer get thought about. One that should still remain on your priority list is personal hygiene. Even when traveling and camping, it can still be good to find ways to remain clean, to reduce the likelihood of illness or infection occurring. This can especially be the case when traveling abroad, as a trip to the emergency department or doctors may put you more out of pocket than it would at home.
Keeping your eyes clean and free from debris such as dust or sand, as detailed by All About Vision, can help you to see better. This could be necessary if you are engaging in potentially dangerous physical activity, as well as if you plan to drive throughout the duration of your trip. In addition to this, dirt in the eye could scratch the eye surface itself, making it feel sore and swollen. Some allergens may also result in pink eye, which might require medication. You can help to keep the eyes clean by washing them daily, wearing sunglasses or even normal glasses when out, especially if it is windy, and by avoiding touching the sensitive eye areas as much as possible.
Many people understand the importance of cleaning their hands after using the bathroom, but may not consider how vital it can be at other times of the day. Germs and dirt aren’t always visible and can remain on the hands. If you then touch your face, put your fingers in your mouth, or even eat with them still present, you may end up feeling unwell. Cleaning the hands properly, including under the nails, after engaging in activities, and before eating, can reduce the likelihood of contamination into your body, onto food, and onto any other surfaces. When on vacation, keeping some clean water to hand, as well as items such as baby wipes and antibacterial gel, can also be a good idea, especially if you are unlikely to be near a source of freshwater throughout your day.
Some vacation residences may not have private bathrooms. Instead, you might need to visit a shower block wash. While showering is a good idea to remove dirt and body odor, these may not always be clean themselves. Wearing sandals when in a communal shower can help you to keep your feet clean and prevent infection. In some places, it can be easy for fungal, bacterial, and viral infections to spread simply through contact in the showers, especially if the temperature is quite warm. You could opt to pack some flip flops with you solely for use in the shower, so they can be kept relatively clean for this purpose.
Going on vacation can be a great way to unwind and let go of life’s usual stresses. When you keep personal hygiene as a priority, you may be able to reduce the likelihood of illness and injury and keep fun on your mind.