No-one really wants to think about staying healthy while they’re on vacation— until they get sick. Taking care of yourself while travelling does not have to be difficult. There are little things you can do that will make a big difference.
Tips To Stay Healthy While Travelling
Being active is always a great way to stay healthy. Sure, you can hit your hotel gym but there are more fun ways to incorporate exercise into your vacation. Just walk more. Instead of driving or taking public transportation, use your legs to get around as much as possible. Take the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator. You’ll see more of the place that you’re visiting and you may just discover some gems you might have missed in the car.
Watch what you eat
Tasting the food of a new city or country is part of the travelling experience. Sure, it’s okay to indulge every once in a while but don’t go overboard. Choose grilled meats or fish instead of fried. Add vegetables to your food every chance you get. Occasionally, opt for vegetarian or vegan meals.
Don’t skip breakfast. Either buy prepared breakfast or make your own. Find a local grocery store and stock up on cereal, fruit, oatmeal, pastries, coffee or juices, whatever you like. You don’t need to have a full kitchen available to have a healthy filling breakfast.
Take snacks with you while you are out. This way you can avoid being hungry for long periods of time.
Who doesn’t like a little, or a lot, of wine with dinner especially when you are on vacation. Too much alcohol can dehydrate your body though, so enjoy it in moderation.
You are exposed to a lot of germs and bacteria while travelling. Make sure you take multi-vitamins to boost your immune system. They will also supplement your meals and help you to get the nutrients you may be missing from your diet.
Use hand sanitizer
Cleanliness helps to prevent sickness caused by those germs that I mentioned before. Hand sanitizer is a life saver when soap and water are not available. Make sure to use it especially before you eat. The last thing you want to do is touch your food with hands that have come into contact with other people and surfaces in public places.
Not only is it incredibly important to stay hydrated, access to clean water is not always guaranteed when you travel. A reusable bottle can save you money and ensure that you have potable water with you at all times. Purchase a large bottle of water from the store and refill your bottle as needed.
Care your skin
Travelling can take a toll on your skin whether it’s from exposure to the dry air on the plane or the hot sun when on a beach vacation. Keep your skin healthy by using sunblock with minimum SPF 15 and reapply every two hours, if possible. Use moisturizer and lip balm to combat dry skin. Apply insect repellent to prevent bites when visiting an area with mosquitoes or biting flies.
Get some rest
Sleep is vital to maintaining a healthy body. Your body needs rest to recuperate after crossing time zones, carrying luggage and all the other activities associated with travelling. Listen to your body and take down time when you need it.
Your behaviour while on vacation may vastly differ from your ordinary life but these tips ensure that you stay healthy while travelling so you enjoy your trip to the fullest.
How do you stay healthy on vacation?