Tips for Staying Healthy on the Road

Written by on August 24, 2016 in Featured - No comments

Traveling HealthyExcited about your upcoming vacation? That’s great. Whether you’re venturing on a much-needed holiday, learning abroad, enjoying the beauty of the natural world, or just taking a weekend trip, your destinations are open doors to a wide array of life-changing experiences. And to prepare for your excursion, you’ve got a lot of things to think about: packing, passports, your itineraries, preserving memories of your trip…and the list goes on.

But while you’re planning your awesome journey, make sure you stay focused on taking care of yourself. That means paying attention to your body, maintaining your essential routines, and eating nutritious food while on the road. If you already have a ton of things to do and just thinking about your health seems overwhelming, it’s certainly understandable. Thankfully, a few useful tips will help you remain healthy no matter where you roam. Include these in your to-do lists, and you’re ahead of the game before you go.

Boost Your Immunity

Condé Nast Traveler suggests several useful steps you can take before hitting the trail to minimize your chances of getting sick. If you want to prep your immune system beforehand, some products to consider include probiotics, or supplements geared towards boosting your natural immunity to prevent colds and flu. It’s also a good idea to incorporate basic essentials in your carry-on or small travel bag, such as hand sanitizer, nasal spray, and disinfecting wipes. And while on your trip, keep your distance from anyone who appears obviously ill, or who is coughing or sneezing.

Take Your Fitness to Go

With a little creative thinking, you can keep active anytime and anywhere. This is especially important if you’re not embarking on a journey with physical activity already built into it, such as a backpacking trip or rock climbing. For starters, touring your destinations on foot is the easiest way to get in your exercise. Also, there are great tools for your smartphone to help you plan your workouts. There are many fitness apps available, including fitness trackers and music workout apps. And your hotels’ fitness centers or gyms are always a wonderful option, too.

Mind Your Water Intake

Ensuring you stay hydrated is important enough as it is, but it’s even more vital when you’re traveling. Increased activity, exposure to sun, and the potential to drink more alcohol could lead you to dehydrate faster. Carry a reusable water bottle with you, and drink more than you usually do to combat drying out. Keep in mind that bottled water may be your best alternative if you are going to an area with known drinking water issues. However, it’s a smart idea to research information about the drinking water before you travel to any locale.

Stock Up on Good Food

Enjoying local the culinary delights are frequently a part of most vacations. But beyond the restaurant or hotel, eating right is your top priority. Stash your snacks in an easily accessible bag, purse, or tote to stave off hunger between meals or while you’re out sightseeing. If you’re staying in your lodging for several days, considering grabbing a few ingredients at a local grocer to make quick and nutritious meals. And while you’re stocking up those and other noshes, include some dairy-free or soy-free alternatives to regular dressings, such as mayonnaise by hamptoncreek, for your sandwiches or salads.

Don’t Forget About Skin Care

It’s crucial that you also don’t ignore your skin’s health on your journeys, either. If you already use a skin care regimen, include travel-sized versions to have handy. In addition, WebMD provides useful tips for staying healthy while flying, including keeping your skin hydrated. In their article, ayurvedic expert Pratima Raichur suggests a spray bottle of water to apply directly to your face. She also recommends adding certain kinds of essential oils such as geranium, rose, sweet orange, or lemon. Mix in these oils either alone or combined –– four drops for every ten ounces of water.

When you’re planning your getaway, make sure that your health is a top priority. Enhancing your immune system’s function before the trip, building a portable fitness routine, staying hydrated, stashing a supply of nutritious food, and paying attention to skin care are all key elements to wellness. Follow these suggestions, and you’ll stay healthy while exploring the big wide world that’s out there.

About the Author

Diana Edelman is an avid traveler who recently spent four years living as an expat. Most notably, Diana spent nearly three years in Chiang Mai, Thailand where she worked with Save Elephant Foundation to raise awareness about the realities of elephant tourism. Currently based in Las Vegas, Diana works in many industries as a publicist, social media expert, content creator and journalist. The founder of Vegans, Baby, you can normally find her hanging out at vegan restaurants around town, exploring the beauty of the desert southwest or camped out at a coffee shop banging on a keyboard. The co-founder of the Responsible Travel & Tourism Collective, Diana has spoken at conferences about travel blogging and responsible tourism.

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