Traveling can wear anyone down, no matter how close or far from home you go. From constant movement to sitting on a flight for hours and lack of rest can take a toll on your health. If you want to enjoy your holiday to the fullest, here are a few tips to staying healthy while traveling.
Being enclosed in an airplane cabin exposes you to the foreign germs of fellow passengers. Protect yourself by boosting your immune system before stepping foot on the plane. Drink immune boosting supplements that contain Vitamin C, zinc, manganese and antioxidants. Bring extra supplements to have on hand during your trip in case you start to feel under the weather.
Remember, the best way to keep your immune system in tip top shape is to always get plenty of sleep!
Hydration is possibly the most common mistake, but the easiest to fix. Staying hydrated is a top priority if you want to feel your best while traveling. Bring an empty, reusable water bottle with you through security to avoid expensive terminal charges. If you’re planning to do a lot of walking, hiking, or sightseeing in your new destination, pack a Camel Bak which is lightweight and refillable, so you won’t have a chance to not drink water. Also remember in certain destinations it’s best to stick to bottled water since there are less chances for it to be contaminated.
Be sure to take pit stops to rest up and remind yourself to drink!
Disinfecting wipes and hand sanitizer are essential when traveling! Use antibacterial wipes to clean your airplane space – make sure to wipe down the armrests, seat and tray table. A study reported by CNN in 2015 revealed the tray table to be the dirtiest surface on an airplane. Take caution!
Obviously, wash your hands every opportunity you can. Going from the airport, to a cab, to a hotel, puts you at risk to pick up plenty of germs. This is where a travel size hand sanitizer comes in handy.
We’re all for rest and relaxation to the max while on vacation, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make time for exercise while on the road. There are plenty of ways to incorporate exercise into your travels without feeling like you’re taking away from your trip. Stay at a hotel with a gym, sign up for a yoga class at a local park, sign up for a city bicycle tour, go hiking through national parks, take a stroll on the beach. Even if you go for a quick jog in the morning or do some squats and push ups in your hotel room, it certainly helps to keep you feeling your best!
The key to staying healthy during vacation is preparation. Listen to your body and take care of yourself so you can fully enjoy your time away and come home feeling refreshed.
What tips do you have for staying healthy while traveling?