Staying Healthy at a Trade Show

As trade shows begin to rebound, we’re all likely going to be a little nervous our first time back on the trade show floor.  It’ll feel like a junior high dance again- each of us afraid to approach one another for fear of getting sick.  In order to avoid that awkwardness and still conduct business, we’ve compiled some tips to stay healthy at your next trade show:

Wash Your Hands or Keep Sanitizer Handy at the Trade Show

The mantra all along during the covid-19 outbreak has been to wash your hands.  This should be something that people take to heart and continue at their next trade show.  You never know what you’ll pick up touching public doors, railings, etc… If you can’t wash your hands, use hand sanitizer.  Keep your sanitizer handy and in your pocket or purse as you maneuver throughout the show floor. This can help you to kill germs and feel less anxious about meeting people and doing business.

Socially Distance Yourself from People Who Appear Ill

Even after the crisis subsides and we’re all back to normal, we’ll all be anxious about picking up some kind of germs.  One way to minimize that is to socially distance yourself from people exhibiting signs of illness on the trade show floor. This is a good practice to take to heart even after the pandemic ends.  Nobody wants to return from their first show post pandemic to fall under the weather with a cold.

Avoid Touching Your Face

This is a particularly difficult habit for many to break- particularly if you have long hair.  It gets in your face.  It itches.  I can relate and I’m a face toucher.  Try to avoid it or sanitize your hands prior to touching your face at your next trade show.  You probably want to touch your face now that you’ve been reminded of it.  Wash your hands. On the trade show floor, with all the potential germs present in public spaces, not touching your face will be a good practice to prevent yourself from giving them a straight pathway to infecting you.

Hydrate with Plenty of Water

For decades, we’ve been told to hydrate in order to stay healthy.  This is a good practice for many reasons.  By hydrating, you help regulate your immune system’s response to allergens.  When you’re hydrated, you produce less histamines.  An abundance of histamines leaves you feeling congested.  It also helps to flush bacteria out of your kidneys and bladder.  These organs are more susceptible to disease as they are responsible for eliminating stored toxins. So grab a large bottle of water and keep chugging at the trade show. When you’re properly hydrated, you’ll feel it.  You’ll feel more clear headed and you’ll be more sensitive to temperature changes, for example.

Get a Good Night’s Rest

One of the most overlooked parts about going to a trade show is how little sleep you often get.  There is a lot going on- the show itself, preparing for meetings outside of the trade show, afterparties and opportunities to catch up with clients, prospects and partners.  Sleep is critical to maintaining your good health, though.  When you don’t have enough sleep, your body produces more stress hormones which can raise the level of inflammation in your body.  Inflammation can lead to heart problems and kidney problems.  Keep yourself healthy at your next trade show by getting more sleep.  Cut out the distractions and close the curtains in your room so you can get a good night’s rest.

When we get through this coronavirus pandemic, life may feel a little scary as we return to the real world and get back to business.  Your first trade show might be a little daunting.  However, by practicing good health habits, you should feel better and less anxious as we move on together.