Spring break health tips from the Dallas County Public Health

Cold, flu, measles…Ebola? Here’s the secret to staying healthy no matter where you’re traveling.

BEFORE YOUR TRIP

1. Strengthen your immune system by "eating healthy" the week before.

2. Pack these items in your carry-on: Hand sanitizer with at least 50 percent alcohol, disinfecting wipes, a light jacket that can be used as a blanket, and bandages.

3. Wear glasses instead of contact lenses. Contact lenses can dry your eyes and make them vulnerable to microbial invaders. Wearing glasses also makes you less likely to touch or rub your eyes.

AT AIRPORTS AND OTHER PUBLIC SPACES

1. Stay at least six feet away from people who are coughing, sneezing, or who simply look sick. That’s the distance tiny virus-filled droplets can travel when exhaled by a flu-infected person—landing in your eyes or nose and ending up in your respiratory system.

2. Sanitize hands after touching germy hot spots: For instance, the ticket kiosk, ATM, security-line bins, and dining tables. If you can’t clean right away, try not to touch your hands, nose, and mouth.

3. In public restrooms, don’t put your bags on the floor, or your toiletry kit on the counter (or first use disinfectant wipes on the spot you’re going to put your kit). Wash hands with soap and water for a full 15 seconds before you leave. Use your paper towel on the door handle (if you can’t, use hand sanitizer after you leave the restroom).

4. Wear socks through the security line of an airport. The chances of getting a fungal infection are low—you need a damp floor for that to happen—but you may pick up something on your feet, which then gets transmitted onto your hands as you put your shoes back on.

Have fun and try to get enough sleep.