We’ve all been there when you head out for vacation and plan to have the time of your life only to end up sick while you are away. There are many tips to avoid getting sick on your Disney World vacation that I wanted to share with you. I don’t want your amazing trip to go sour because you ended up with stomach troubles or something else.
6 Tips To Avoid Getting Sick On Your Disney World Vacation
Nobody wants to get sick when they are on vacation, that’s a no brainer. But you may not think about the various things you can do to prevent it. While you may not be able to avoid catching every illness, there are some tips that can help you along the way.
Get Plenty Of Sleep
I don’t just mean get plenty of sleep while you are at Disney World! I mean, in the months and weeks leading up to it, you need to get plenty of rest. It will keep your immune system in check, and you won’t be run down.
While you are on the way to Disney World, I know you will have so much adrenaline; it’s next to impossible to sleep. But, you truly need plenty of rest. I can’t stress this enough. Make sure to take naps as you can. Try to go to sleep a little earlier than you want, or sleep in a little bit. You are on vacation after all, and resting is part of the enjoyment!
If you’re traveling with kids, it’s even more important to make sure there is plenty of resting going on too. They wear out so much and are more likely to feel sick when they are super tired and are out of their routines. Naps for the whole family!
Eat Healthy…Sort Of
Okay, you don’t have to eat healthy the entire time you are on your trip, but it’s important to eat a lot of healthy foods with the unhealthy ones. If you’re living off of Barbecue Pork Waffle Fries and Kitchen sink all day, odds are your stomach isn’t going to be very happy with you.
Don’t feel like you can never eat the fun stuff because you can; just do so in moderation. Maybe have something fun for a snack, but make sure you eat a healthy breakfast with protein and some fruit. Or plan to eat something fancy for supper but keep lunch really light with some basic sandwiches. Plus, you’ll save some money too! So it’s an added bonus. 🙂
In the weeks leading up to your trip, it’s a great idea to eat a healthy and balanced diet. This is another wonderful way to boost your immune system and hopefully keep away any nasty germs that want to wreak havoc on your body.
Wash Those Hands
It may be common sense to wash your hands every time you use the restroom, but you would be amazed by the people who don’t. You should scrub your hands with warm soapy water for at least 20 seconds. Teach the kids to sing a Disney song for 20 – 30 seconds each time they wash their hands. And if you don’t have one in mind, you could always sing Happy Birthday twice, and everyone will be good to go!
Keep in mind; it doesn’t matter how many times you wash your hands if those around you don’t. So, when leaving the restroom, it’s a good idea not to touch the door with your hands. Use a paper towel or your foot to open it. This will prevent germs from attaching to your hands!
Wash your hands pretty much all the time, and when you can’t use hand sanitizer. Germs are everywhere, not just in the bathroom. After riding a ride, its a good idea to sanitize or wash your hands before eating food or if you pick something up off the ground.
Bring Nausea Meds
Many times when people end up sick on vacation, they don’t catch a virus. They end up feeling nauseated from too much food, too many rides, or even getting too tired. If you tend to get motion sickness from rides or traveling, they make many medicines that can help you out.
It’s important to make sure that the motion sickness meds are the non-drowsy version. This should allow you to enjoy your trip without feeling sick to your stomach and exhausted from the pills. They make versions for children too, so it’s a good idea to keep them on hand for them as well.
Drink, Drink, and Drink Some More
Water is going to be one of your BEST FRIENDS (other than Mickey, of course). If you are going to Disney World, it’s almost always warm, so the heat and humidity will zap the water right out of you.
It’s vital that everyone in the family (except for babies under 1) should drink lots and lots of water. It will keep you cooled down, refreshed, and even give you a boost of energy when you need it.
Disney is installing more water bottle refill stations with each new remodel and you are never far from a water fountain. You can also get free ice water at all quick service locations.
You will be doing lots of walking, riding rides, and eating food, so pairing all that with plenty of fluids is a must. If you end up dehydrated, it can cause a bunch of symptoms that range from passing out all the way to nausea. Trust me; it’s not worth risking.
Use Sunscreen Like It’s Your Job
When the sun is bearing down on you, the last thing any of you need is a nasty sunburn. When you end up with a sunburn, you feel miserable, feverish, nauseated, and just exhausted. Imagine if you did that on the first day! That would make for a long trip real quick.
You need to apply sunblock multiple times a day, especially if you end up in the water or sweating a lot. Set a timer on your phone to remind you and make it a point to reapply. I know it takes some time, and you are always going to be on the go, but having a sunburn can make you feel awful and can ruin your trip.
Now that you know the basic tips to take to prevent getting sick when visiting Disney World, you are on your way to having the best time ever! What are some of your best tips for avoiding sickness at Disney? Let me know in the comments below.
Don’t worry if you do happen to get sick on your Disney vacation. I will be sharing all the options you have if someone in your party gets sick while on your Disney vacation in an upcoming article.