10 Ways to Stay Healthy While Traveling
It’s important to be aware of the health hazards while you’re traveling. Whether you are traveling for pleasure or work, the odds are not in your favor when it comes to picking up a cold or virus. While travelling you will more than likely come in contact with high traffic areas with other people. This also doesn’t include body cramps you might experience during long traveling hours. Catching a cold or getting sick while traveling will not just ruin your trip, it will also tarnish the experience for those that are traveling with you.
Following these general tips below while traveling should help to keep you staying fit and healthy while traveling.
1. Drink lots of Water
Remember to always stay hydrated while travelling. Never cut down on your fluids. Drink plenty of water and slow down on alcohol while traveling. Coffee or tea consumption should also be kept to a minimum. When you’re flying, be sure to avoid caffeinated drinks as they seem to enhance the symptoms of jet lag.
2. Wash/Clean your hands
While traveling anywhere, the best way to keep away from common viruses and many other ailments is by washing your hands frequently or sanitizing them. Many a times a day your hands touch door knobs and other things where viruses often reside. Simply keeping your hands clean can go a long way in prevention.
3. Rest up
Often when you travel you enter different time zones and you must adjust your internal biological clock. Your daily routine will be changed and it will have some effect on your common routines. You could be staying up much longer hours. It’s important to still get 8 hours of sleep to wake up energized.
4. Stock up on Vitamin C & Protein
Vitamin C goes a long way in cold prevention, and help your immune system fight off disease. It also helps to keep healthy food on hand when going on long journeys. Protein is very essential as well. Packing a heavy protein rich diet will help to keep you full for a longer period of time.
5. Conservative Meals
No one wants to have to travel ill. One of the most common ways that travelers get sick is through food poisoning or their stomach doesn’t agree with the local food. When travelling abroad, it’s usually a safe bet to eat conservative the first couple of days.
Let’s face it. The airplane doesn’t have a gym on-board or place to ramp up on carido. so it’s important to exercise as much as possible. Many hotels have exercise rooms/gyms. Also, if you are traveling to a warmer climate, why not take advantage of the good weather and walk or job for 30 minutes?
Follow a routine as much as you can with light exercises, this will help burn those extra calories obtained during vacation.
7. Keep a mini First aid kit/Medicine Cabinet
This tip should not be ignored. Whether you have a headache or stomach pains. You’ll be thankful you packed those extra meds when the times comes. Prescription Medicines that you take regularly should be kept with you and taken as prescribed. Also, any accessories such as certain tools for testing blood sugar, or pain medicines should be packed, just in case, for emergencies.
8. Be aware of Allergies
While on a flight or a cruise, make sure to alert the staff about your allergies to avoid unnecessary trouble or emergencies. Needless to say, avoid food which may cause a reaction and epi-pen or/and allergy medication nearby. This might seem like common sense, but it’s easy to forget when travelling to new locations.
9. Pack Sun Protection
A bad sunburn can ruin a vacation or travel really fast. You should always apply sunscreen when you’re going to the beach or somewhere that you will get lot’s of sun. ou might also want to consider, hats, full sleeved clothing, sun umbrellas and lots of water! These extra garments can protect you from dangerous UV rays.
We can’t stress this enough. Research the areas you’re travelling to. It’s a good idea to learn about the local food, culture, and customs before embarking on your journey. Prior knowledge about the place you are going will help you to know and prepare yourself for potential problems. Its better to be safe than sorry!
We hope this helps!