Summary: Traveling is a unique experience that comes with its share of difficulties. So if you want the ups and downs to leave you alone while traveling, you need to stay healthy. Here are some helpful and healthy tips for travelers that will help you stay fit and enjoy your trip to the fullest.
Are you on vacation this time, or is it just an official exercise? Where are you heading – to the majestic hills, a stunning beach location, the forest or the outdoors? Well, no matter where you go, you will be away from your home at some point. And away from home means away from the routine too. However, that doesn’t mean you’ll also have to stray from your healthy habits. Right? You can travel very healthy.
All you need is a dash of creativity and some preparation. Here we cover 15 healthy tips for travelers. So let’s dive in!
#1 Don’t even think about skipping breakfast
Oh! I need to rush to the airport, train station or bus. I won’t have breakfast. Most people do this. However, make sure you never leave the house without eating your first meal of the day. When you’re full, you’re less likely to scramble for snacks on the go. Thus, you are less likely to make unhealthy food choices later in your journey. Also, you won’t feel exhausted after running here and there. So there is no negotiation with breakfast.
#2 Drink water, water, lots of water
One of the crucial healthy tips for travelers is to stay hydrated. So, drink adequate water not only during the trip, but also before and after it. Remember, dehydration can cause many other problems, including headache, constipation, lethargy, fatigue, sugar cravings, and muscle cramps. And you don’t want it to spoil your trip. So, drink water and enjoy your trip. A reminder – water can be unreliable everywhere. So, go for bottled water.
#3 Avoid eating raw foods
Make sure you don’t eat raw and uncooked foods. If you like to eat fresh fruit and salads, avoid them while traveling as they are high risk foods. Also, you may never know – how long the vendors keep the fruit after it has been cut and washed. And the water used for washing can also be questionable. Only if you can peel the vegetables or fruits on your own and have clean water to wash them with, can you chew your favorite fruits.
#4 Always choose hot food
Even if you stay away from street food occasionally you need to, especially when traveling. And street food is prone to causing foodborne illness due to many factors. If you can’t find a place to eat seated and eat street food, choose hot food instead of cold. When any food is well cooked and very hot, the chances of infections are small. The same goes for drinks. A cup of hot tea or coffee brewed in boiling water is safe to drink as boiling kills most germs. This is one of the most important health tips for travelers.
#5 Keep your snacks handy
When you’re on a trip, you often have to wait a long time before you can eat something. It is one of the most common reasons why people overeat. So keep your snacks ready so you don’t have to make unhealthy choices to satisfy your hunger. Some of the best options include – nuts, dried fruit, energy bars, among others.
#6 Beware of Mosquito Bites
Mosquito bites are not only irritating, but can be risky to your health due to the diseases they can spread, including malaria, dengue, zika, yellow fever, to name a few. So wear clothing that covers your body and carry an EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) approved insect repellent. Also, as some disease-carrying mosquitoes are active during the day, be sure to apply mosquito repellent in the early hours of the day.
#7 Wash your hands often
COVID or no COVID, washing your hands often and especially before eating, drinking or touching your face is a healthy habit. It reduces the risk of getting a number of infections including cold and flu, diarrhea, etc. If you don’t have access to soap and water, you can always have alcohol-based hand sanitizer in your bag.
#8 Pack your pills first
Never forget to take your medication when you travel. Otherwise, you might get in trouble if you get sick. Studies say that around 70% of travelers are likely to experience traveler’s diarrhea at some point. So, it’s better to be prepared. Also, if you take any prescription medication, be sure to take the prescription along with you to avoid any hassles.
#9 Choose to ride a taxi
While rest and relaxation are two vital aspects of a vacation, you also need to stay active. So whenever possible, why not choose to walk over any other means of transport, such as getting around town on foot rather than taking a taxi? Walking is indeed one of the best exercises, after all! And breathing exercises? You can do them anywhere and anytime!
#10 Don’t overeat
It’s better to eat less than to overeat, especially when you’re traveling. So know where to stop. Eat smaller meals at frequent intervals. Try not to eat until your stomach has run out of room. It will make you feel light and you can travel comfortably.
#11 Indulge, but in moderation
Vacations mean pleasure, fun, excitement, adventure, relaxation and indulgence. While you can indulge your heart and enjoy local or international cuisine, do so in moderation. Also, be sure to be picky about what you eat. In simple words, find a balance between what you want to eat and what you don’t. For example – enjoy a light lunch and keep your dinner indulgent. Looks good?
#12 A Digital Detox Is Necessary
One of the best things you can do for your mind, body and soul (while traveling) is – disconnect from the digital landscape. Even if you’re on an official trip, do the digital detox whenever possible. With so much digital aura around you, you hardly have time for yourself. And holidays give you the opportunity to relax. So go, make the best use of it.
#13 Get enough sleep. It is necessary
You cannot underestimate the importance of getting adequate sleep, no matter if you are traveling or not. Make sure you get enough sleep to recharge your body and your mind as well. Sleeping will ensure you feel fresh. Trust us! You will feel the difference.
#14 Don’t be a stressed traveler
Some people try to visit and see everything in one city at once. This overwhelms them and stresses them out. So don’t follow the same path. Take time, breathe and travel. You took a break for rejuvenation, not overloading yourself unnecessarily. So hurry up.
#15 Keep your skin protected
When talking about all things healthy, you often ignore your skin. Don’t forget that the skin is the largest organ in the body, and you need to protect it too. Apply sunscreen when you go out in the sun, wear covered clothing, use moisturizers, insect repellents, and shower as and when needed.
These are some healthy and tested tips for travelers. Keeping these healthy tips in mind will help make your journey happy and enjoyable. After all, no one wants their trip to be ruined due to unwanted and preventable health issues.
Frequently asked questions (FAQs)
A. It is a health condition related to the digestive tract that most international travelers acquire. Traveler’s diarrhea is also known as Deli Belly and Montezuma’s Revenge. It mainly occurs due to ingestion or ingestion of contaminated food or water. Follow the healthy tips for travelers above and stay away from this condition.
A. While it is safer to fly during pregnancy (midway through the third trimester), it is always advisable to consult your doctor. He or she must be the right person to help you with this.
A. The vaccine(s) you need to take before you travel depends on a few crucial factors. Includes: 1) The place you intend to travel. two) Any underlying health conditions you have. 3) The vaccines you’ve already had. Contact your doctor to find out more about it.
A. It’s one of the biggest problems international travelers often face. So is there any way to avoid this? Yes there is. Get your melatonin supplements first. Your body produces melatonin (a hormone that regulates your sleep-wake cycle) on its own. However, when you are traveling abroad, your internal clock may not work as it should. Taking melatonin supplements will ensure you get enough sleep.