The How To’s of Staying Healthy While Traveling

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While Covid-19 has frozen travel, time will come when normalcy will resume. When that happens and you want to be the first to get back out there, you would want to be knowledgeable of the how to’s of staying healthy while traveling.

It is common for healthy lifestyles to take the wrong turn during travel, whether for business or pleasure. Whether it is a vacation or an important meeting, regular schedules tend to become haywire due to the lack of sleep and proper food.

While traveling is fantastic, it comes at the cost of stress and has a detrimental effect on our health. Does that mean that you should altogether avoid going on vacation or halt all of your business ventures? The answer is no – you do not.

It is possible to maintain a healthy lifestyle while on the road. Below is a list of quick and simple steps that a person can follow to stick to wellness, even when they are always on the go:

Sleep, Rest, Avoid Rushing

Any trip to a foreign place guarantees exhaustion and a strong urge to sleep for the next 24 hours. Your body needs rest when you have to travel physically, carrying luggage and crossing time zones continuously.

Whether you are traveling with family/group or going solo, failure of your body to receive the rest it requires will undoubtedly take a toll on your health. Getting regular sleep is essential in keeping yourself fit, especially when the body is subjected to tremendous effort.

It is imperative to pace yourself during your travel. It is common to have packed schedules each day during your trip. That is why it is necessary to incorporate plenty of breaks in between. Some travelers may find this to be slow-paced or inefficient, but rushing over to cover every task in your itinerary in a single day is hectic. Hectic days like that affect your health, and the ability to function correctly.

Eat Well, Stay Hydrated, Cut Down On Liquor

It is pointless to maintain body fitness if you tend to skip meals. Start with a hearty breakfast. It is vital following the day with lunch and dinner that does not involve a lot of junk. Food connoisseurs may keep up with a balanced diet, all the while enjoying the native delicacies of their destination.

In case the food available around you is not considered to be healthy, it is wise to carry snacks like whole fruits, unsalted nuts, air-popped popcorn and hard-boiled eggs. Portable meals, like sandwiches and salads, are also preferred. Be cautious about digestive problems and carry subsequent medication for the same.

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Water is crucial for keeping yourself hydrated throughout the day, as you roam through the streets. Carry water bottles with you at all times. Another simple yet easy way of staying hydrated is through the consumption of a variety of fruits. Additionally, fruits also supply you with nutrients and maintain steady digestion.

Alcohol is known to disrupt sleep, and it is particularly challenging following through premeditated plans with a hangover. It is quite reasonable to indulge in some, especially when you are enjoying a holiday; the key is to consume in moderation.

Exercise and Active Sightseeing

Although it seems to be a rather difficult habit to inculcate during a vacation, regular exercise for a few minutes improves bodily functions. Most hotels are equipped with gyms and fitness centers, which may be complimentary or chargeable. Some public beaches have workout areas that are free to use at all times of the day. If an exercise routine appears to be time-consuming or tiresome, a walk or runs in the neighbourhood is always an effective alternative.

If the idea of daily exercise or running sounds too restricting, practice active sightseeing. A growing number of travelers choose to opt for bike-share programs, now available in various destinations around the world. Biking is an excellent way to explore the city and allow extensive access to the streets where bigger vehicles cannot commute. It gives an unhindered view of the scenic beauty of the destination, as well as being a convenient form of transport.

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Similarly, walking tours are quite common nowadays. Almost every major city now has a range of walking tours based on your interests in history, culture, architecture, food, or drinking. Travel guidebooks are extensively available both in stores and on the internet for the menial price, which contains detailed information about the attractions. Active sightseeing encourages physical fitness and keeps sluggishness at bay.

Use Wet Napkins And Hand Sanitizers

The importance of using hand sanitizers has been prevalent long before the world was struck with the fear of contracting the coronavirus. Travel ensures the use of public transportation and coming into contact with numerous people.

Omnipresent disease-causing pathogens encourage the frequent use of hand sanitizers and wet napkins, besides, of course, frequent hand washing. The aim is to prevent self-suffering as well as curb the spread of diseases.

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Protect Your Skin, Carry Emergency Medicines

Constant exposure to the sun may cause your skin to turn red, develop rashes, become itchy and irritated. Experts recommend the use of sunscreens with a minimum SPF15 formula. For areas having a reputation of being a habitat for mosquitoes and insects, you can use repellents to prevent bites and swelling.

Traveling with emergency medication is always wise, and you cannot predict an unfortunate event of any ailment. Packing a well-stocked first aid box is both smart and prudent. A typical such box should include the following:

  • An analgesic (a fever and pain reducer), like paracetamols
  • Bandages of varying sizes and a thermometer
  • An antibiotic ointment and an anti-itch cream or tablets
  • Medicines for allergic reactions, stomach ache, cold and flue
  • Rehydration pills, in case of diarrhea
  • A motion sickness remedy

In Closing

The above enlightens us that it is quite easy to stay healthy and travel simultaneously. So, what are you waiting for? Be ready to pack your bags and book those tickets, giving enough timing contingency when public health authorities have a much firmer grip on the COVID-19 situation globally.

Once you are ready to go, don’t forget to follow the above tips to ensure a smooth and healthy trip. Check out this travel guide book to help you plan!

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(10) Comments

  1. Erika B.

    It’s so easy to put stuff like eating right and getting adequate rest. Sometimes we all need that reminder and that it’s key to staying healthy. These are great tips for staying healthy in a post COVID-19 world. I think we all need to start taking our health a little more seriously, especially when traveling.
    Thanks for this great article!

    1. JRandZen

      Hi Erika,

      Surely when the COVID-19 situation gets controlled, the pent-up demand for travel will once again be released. And the how to’s will come in very handy.

      Thank you for your comments and insights. All the best.

  2. Eric Cantu

    Rest and hydration! Yesssss! I’m an avid traveler and I think so many people forget about REST! It’s ok to arrive and take a nap. No need to rush out and try to see everything cuz it just ain’t gonna happen. And it’s worth not being dead on your feet! Great suggestions! I agree with all of them!

    1. JRandZen

      Hi Eric,

      We are glad that an avid traveller such as yourself agrees with our ideas and suggestions. Thank you for your feedback.

  3. Cathy

    Drinking plenty of water has always proven to work for me while traveling. One of my longest trips was flying from Singapore to New Brunswick in Canada. The multiple flight journey took almost 18 hours plus 3 stops – 2 international and 1 domestic. It was grueling but worth it because I could catch up with old friends. 

    Hopefully, the pandemic will ease off soon so that family and friends can reunite from all over the world. 

    1. JRandZen

      Thank you Cathy for your comments.  Yes, long inter-continental flights are taxing and just amplifies the need to stay healthy.  Hope your New Brunswick visit went well notwithstanding.  We think once this COVID-19 situation gets controlled and stabilized, the pent-up demand for travel will be back.

  4. Dr. SD

    Nobody loves to get ill on a vacation to spoil the enjoyment. I personally felt in such a situation thrice when we were on a small group tour; one of the group members got ill every time. The last experience was really tough. We were in an offbeat location and in the last day of the trip one of our trip members go so ill that she needed to be hospitalized. God bless the locality was so helpful and instantly got a jeep ready to take her to the nearest hospital.

    Anyway, you have mentioned the right precautions here and definitely these may be considered as the how to’s of staying healthy while traveling. 

    I especially focus on, (1) Eat the breakfast heavily, because you don’t know when you’ll get the next mill, and then take a heavy dinner too. (2) Drink lots of water, especially if it’s a hotter destination. (3) Take liquors, never heavily; take it just to enjoy the evening.

    1. JRandZen

      Thank you for your insightful comments.  Yes, getting ill is the worst thing that can happen on a vacation that you should rather be enjoying.  This list is definitely not exhaustive but should be a good start.

  5. David nelson

    My life today is a product of how to’s as apart from school, I never grew up with people to teach me how, where, when.  But thanks to Google or YouTube, I learnt almost everything I know from there.  Thanks for sharing this awesome article. I know it would be of help to us all.

    1. JRandZen

      Thank you for your comments on our article.  Glad that you found it useful.

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