It’s never fun to fall sick when you’re on holiday! To help you stay as healthy as possible and enjoy a vacation free of an inconvenient bout of sickness, here’s our guide on how you can stay as healthy as possible when you’re travelling:
Yoga While Travelling
Practicing yoga has many mental and physical health benefits. Incorporating even 10 minutes of yoga whilst you’re on the road can go a long way. In your hotel room, you can easily try out some yoga postures, mediation or poses such as the cobra pose, tree pose, mountain pose, or at least 10-12 sets of Surya Namaskar. The breathing exercises, and stretches are bound to help you relax, and improve strength and flexibility.
Get enough sleep
Making sure you’re getting enough hours of sleep is important in helping you stay healthy. Three days before your travel, start changing your bedtime to an hour earlier than your normal time. Add one hour the next evening and third on the third day. It has been noted that it takes 1 day per time zone for the human body to adjust and so planning ahead can help a lot.
Then after you land, it is good to sync up with the local timings. Say, if you land when people are awake, that is the same you should do too. Try to sleep as much as you can on the airplane. Also, if you are landing at night, try to stay awake during the flight and sleep as you reach your destination.
Eat Healthy While Travelling
Travellers who want to eat healthy when travelling should plan ahead. When heading out on daily tours, make sure you carry some fruit and nuts with you to much on throughout the day. It’s natural to want to eat a lot of the local food you come across, but keep an eye out for hygiene and cleanliness of your food.
Visit your doctor before you leave
Scheduling a visit to your doctor is highly recommended. Many countries require proof that you’ve received certain vaccinations to enter, that you will need to receive from your doctor/hospital. Plus, you’ll be able to get all the medication you need from your doctor, that may not be easily available in the destination you’re travelling to. You should also take a prescription from your doctor stating the medicines you are on, their dosage and the generic names of the drugs to avoid confusion. Further, you should carry the medical equipment and tools that you may use on a regular basis like needles, syringes, thermometer, etc.
As for general packing, you may include
- Antihistamine tablets for allergies, stings, and bites
- Cough medicine
- Cold and flu medicine
- Fever medicine
- Analgesic medicines or pain relievers like aspirin or paracetamol
- Throat lozenges
- Nasal sprays
- Motion sickness tablets
- Medicines for diarrhea or constipation
Keep Yourself Hydrated
It’s easy to forget to drink enough water when you’re travelling, and this can lead to dehydration. It’s paramount to remember to drink plenty of fluids, even if this means using an app to remind you! Also try to eat foods that will energize your body, such as fresh fruits, and veggies. It is also a good idea to take an electrolyte solution along with you to use if necessary.
Maintain personal hygiene
Follow simple personal hygiene practices when you’re on your holiday such as washing your hands regularly. It is good to take with you some wet wipes, tissues, sanitizer, and soap, face wash, etc to keep yourself clean. You can also carry a small towel and extra undergarments in case you need to take a shower or change somewhere.
A daily cleanser ensures that your skin is not dirty, doesn’t have any impurities and pollutants. A good moisturizer is also required to keep your skin hydrated. More so, a good SPF sunscreen is also vital to carry. Your sunscreen will go a long way to take care of your skin texture.
Working Out While Travelling
Even a workout for 15 minutes will help you feel energized and stronger. You can do a mix of squats, lunges, planks, jumps, push-ups, luggage rows, crunches, reverse crunches. Even the bare minimum of exercise should help.
Basic First-Aid Kit Training
It’s always good to carry a basic first aid kit. This should include:
- Antiseptic solution
- Blister or wound patches
- Antiseptic ointments
- Safety pins, tweezers, scissors
- Medical adhesive tape and wound dressings like gauze swabs, bandage
- Sting relief solution
- Antifungal/antibacterial lotion or cream
- Electrolyte solutions, powders or tablets
- Eye drops
- Nasal, ear drops Sunscreen/moisturizer/hand wash/sanitizer/thermometer/BP machine
It takes simple precautions and preparations to stay healthy when you’re on holiday. We hope this guide helps you do just that!
You can also read our post on 5 Ways To Avoid Getting Sick While Travelling for more tips.