You’ve finally made it to vacation! You’re free as a bird and the sun is shining – but a couple days into your trip, you’re stuck in your hotel room with the lights off and an upset stomach, a bad headache, or another illness that’s preventing you from joining in on the fun.
Getting sick on vacation happens, but there are steps you can take to stay healthy while you’re traveling. Taking care of yourself is important in daily life, and it doesn’t stop being important while you’re traveling, whether it’s for a vacation or for a business trip. Follow these steps to help yourself stay healthy – and enjoy your travels!
It might be tempting to take an Uber everywhere, but let go of that thought now. Walking is extremely good for you, so when you’re traveling short distances, walk as often as you can. Don’t forget to pack comfortable walking shoes before you leave home, so you don’t have to invest in a pair once you get to your destination.
Not only is walking good for your health (and for your heart especially), but it’ll also help you experience the place you’re traveling to up close and personal. That’s two excellent reasons to walk as much as you can!
If you’re traveling abroad especially, you’ll want to pay attention to this tip. Landing in a new time zone can leave you jetlagged, or you may be so excited that you want to skip sleeping and get right to exploring.
While it’s smart to try to get adjusted to the local time as soon as possible, don’t skip sleeping! Your brain and body need rest, as sleep is absolutely essential for your health. Do your best to adjust to the new time zone quickly, and then get enough sleep!
Pace yourself during the day. It’s exciting to be in a new city or country, but there’s no way you’ll ever see all there is to see. Prioritize what you want to see the most, but give yourself time to relax, too.
When you stress yourself out by visiting too many places and not relaxing in between sights, your body and brain feel that stress. Too much stress makes you more vulnerable to illness. Don’t push it – make sure you leave time to rest!
Traveling somewhere sunny? Remember to pack enough sunscreen! Even if the forecast for where you’re going promises to be cloudy, make sure you pack some just in case the weather changes while you’re there.
If you’re going on a beach vacation, then you definitely want to load up on the sun protection. Pack sun hats, body spray sunscreen, and light coverups to protect your skin from the sun’s harsh rays. While you’re in the heat, remember to hydrate frequently!
You never know what will happen while you’re traveling, which is why it’s a smart idea to pack a first-aid kit. The hope is always that you won’t need any bandages or gauze, but it’s good to have them on hand just in case you need them.
First aid kits also contain medication like fever and pain reducers, motion sickness remedies, anti-itch creams, stomachache medicine, and cold relief tablets. Again, I hope you’ll never need to use any of them, but it’s smart to have them just in case. It’s much more convenient to pack a first-aid kit before you go than it is to try to find a pharmacy in an unfamiliar place!
Want to eat nothing but gelato all day? Me too. But unfortunately, it’s a bad idea. Aim to eat balanced, healthy meals that will keep your immune system up and strong instead of indulging in too many sweets.
Save yourself some money by eating less meat and more veggies, which will help you stay healthy during your trip. Avoid eating too many fried foods or sugary sweets. While you should definitely try the local foods while you’re traveling, make sure that your body is also getting the nutrition that it needs.
This should be a given, but if you’re in a rush to see a bunch of exciting new sights, you may forget to wash your hands as often as you need to. While hand sanitizer is great in a pinch, it’s not as effective as good old-fashioned hand washing.
After you’ve been in a busy area make sure to wash your hands as soon as you get the chance. Remember, try not to touch your face, nose, mouth, or eyes until you’ve washed those hands!
Staying healthy while you’re traveling should be a top priority. It’s much harder to enjoy the sights and sounds of a new city while you’re also battling a cold (or something worse!). Take care of yourself so you can appreciate your travels, no matter where they take you.