For most people, vacations are all about just two things: traveling and food trips. Whether you’re taking a three-day trip or a week-long vacation somewhere out there, trying to stay fit and healthy can be a huge challenge.
But as the old saying goes, “if there’s a will, there’s a way!”
Check out these tips to stay healthy during your trip.
1. Stay Hydrated
Staying hydrated is a basic health rule whether you’re traveling or not. But drinking the recommended 8 glasses a day can be specifically challenging when you’re outdoors. So what do you do? Consider these suggestions:
- Drink lots of water before your trip. When traveling by air, the extremely low humidity inside the plane can cause dehydration.
- Bring a water bottle anywhere you go. Invest in a durable, tumbler. It’s a life-saver.
- Eat more fruits and veggies. These are high in water content. You can also buy coco water. Aside from water, it contains essential nutrients too.
2. Reduce Your Intake of Alcohol and Sugary Drinks
It’s easy to lose track of your healthy eating habits when you’re traveling. That is why you should make a conscious effort to do so. It doesn’t mean you should skip the pub or the famous bakeries or pastry shops in your destination (if you’re vacationing in France, you’ll missing half of your life if you do so). You can drink or eat anything, but only in moderation.
If drinking, the recommended limit is two pints per day for men and one pint per day for women. And if you think you’ve had enough sweets for the day and still crave for more, opt for fresh fruit slices. They can satisfy your sweet tooth minus the health effects.
3. Use Disinfecting Products
Germs and viruses are everywhere but they are mostly present in confined, crowded places like airports, terminals, malls, and supermarkets. This makes travelers vulnerable to illnesses and infections.
The best way to deal with the nasty germs is to bring disinfecting wipes wherever you go. They come in handy when you need to wipe off dirt and sanitize your devices, or clean surfaces like doorknobs, seats, tables, etc.
Aside from disinfecting wipes, make sure to bring rubbing alcohol, hand sanitizer, antibacterial soap, and other products that can keep germs at bay.
4. Protect Your Skin
Traveling means spending more time outdoors, under the sun. If you plan of going to the beach, camping, hiking, exploring some of the most beautiful forests in America, or simply strolling around the cities in South Asia, taking care of your skin is very, very important. Too much sun exposure may not only cause dehydration. It can also make you prone to sunburn, skin rash, and other problems. Worse, it could increase your risk of skin cancer.
To protect your skin during your trip, carry facial wipes or towelettes, don’t (ever) forget to apply moisturizer and sunscreen, use sunglasses and hat when going outside, and drink lots of water.
5. Get Enough Sleep and Rest
When you’re traveling, it’s easy to compromise sleep. You only have a few days to explore a new country or city, why not make the most out of your trip? Of course. But having enough sleep is important to keep your health and sanity. The last thing you want to happen is to get sick while traveling.
Aim to get at least 7 hours of shuteye each night and try to squeeze in naps within the day (while in the car or while waiting for your next activity). You need sleep to stay healthy.
6. Try to Stay Active
One of the best ways to protect your health while traveling is to keep an active lifestyle. If the hotel where you are staying has a gym, use it. Instead of using the elevator, opt for the stairs. If you have more time, do some cardio workouts before you start your day. You can also incorporate exercise into your travel activities. For example, consider engaging in some outdoor adventures like trekking or swimming. There are so many fun ways to work out when you’re on vacation.
Staying healthy during your trip doesn’t have to be difficult. With these tips, you’re sure to have a happy and enjoyable vacation!
About The Author:
Mariam is a hygiene expert working with Sono Supplies. She has been interested in health and sanitation issues since she was young and wants to share her knowledge and experience with others who are not indifferent to cleanup. Mariam is deeply convinced that house cleaning is a critical part of hygiene. On a regular basis, she delivers new hygiene expert advice on how to treat products, tools, different items, which sometimes include medical instruments and equipment as well.