9 tips for staying healthy when you travel*
There is nothing worse than getting sick on your third day of a long-awaited trip abroad. Fortunately, there are a variety of things you can do to keep healthy while you see the world. Authority Health is an excellent resource for all your health-related queries, click here for more.
When you travel, it can be really easy to pop into the nearest take-away when you get hungry. However, when you eat poorly, your immune system really suffers. Pack snacks or your own food for the days you are travelling and will not be able to cook your own meals.
I cannot stress the importance of hydration enough. When you are dehydrated, you are much more likely to feel sick and your body will have difficulty fighting off germs and bacteria. When you are properly hydrated, your body will be able to deal with jet lag more efficiently and you will have more energy.
Take a supplement
Few people realise that a multivitamin may be the key to avoiding illness. A supplement contains all the vitamins and minerals your body needs in one easy to take capsule or tablet. I would recommend beginning to take a supplement a week or two before you plan on travelling to boost your immune system before you leave home.
Remember to rest
When you are travelling, it can often seem like a difficult choice to rest. When there are so many new sights to see and places to go you forget how important rest is. Try to get to bed early so that you can give your body all the rest it needs. This way you will feel better but you will also be less likely to catch any nasty bugs.
Stay away from alcohol
When you drink excessively you are compromising your immune system. You do not have to avoid the party scene altogether, just try to drink one glass of water for every unit of alcohol you drink. This will keep you properly hydrated and take some of the strain off of your liver. Additionally, reducing your alcohol intake will help to reduce the number of calories you consume.
Find a hotel with a gym
When you travel, it can be rather difficult to get the recommended amount of exercise daily. When you book a hotel with a gym, you are taking a significant amount of pressure off for yourself and you can fit in a workout in the morning before you go exploring for the day.
Remember to wash your hands
We carry around millions of bacteria on our hands every day. If you are not washing your hands on a regular basis you are putting yourself at unnecessary risk of catching a bug. Remember to wash your hands after going to the bathroom or after you have used public transport. It is also a good idea to pop a bottle of hand sanitiser into your bag so that you will be able to clean your hands even if you do not have access to clean running water.
Stick to bottled water
There is nothing worse than catching a viral infection that affects your stomach when you are travelling. The safest bet is to drink bottled water, which has been purified when you are away from home. This water does not contain any of the bugs that could be present in the local area. It is also a good idea to give any fresh produce that you consume a rinse with bottled water before you eat it to avoid any incidental exposure to contaminated water.
Travelling can be really stressful. When you plan a long trip, make sure to arm yourself with a few things to help you manage the stress. Add a guided meditation to you travel playlist and listen to it when you feel overwhelmed. Make a list of all the things that you are grateful for. Another wonderful tip for managing stress is to find a safe space for yourself that you can retreat to. This could be your hotel room, a coffee shop or the home of a friend.
[post in collaboration with AuthorityHealth.com]