How to Stay Healthy While Traveling

How to Stay Healthy While Traveling

Traveling can be an exciting adventure, but it can also take a toll on your health. Long flights, unfamiliar foods, and disrupted sleep patterns can all contribute to feelings of illness and fatigue. I know my stomach is usually the first casualty of any vacation, followed by an overwhelming desire for a nap. However, if you follow these steps to stay healthy on the road, you will feel up to the challenge of your next adventure!

Eat well:

Eating well is essential for staying healthy, and this is especially true when traveling. Opt for fresh, whole foods such as fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins, and avoid processed foods and sugary drinks. Traveling with prepackaged almonds or cashews has saved me more than once from making bad choices! When dining out, look for restaurants that offer healthy options, and don’t be afraid to ask for modifications to meet your dietary needs.

Exercise regularly:

Physical activity is important for maintaining good health, and it can be especially beneficial when traveling. Try to stay active by taking walks, jogging, or practicing yoga. Even just a few minutes of exercise each day can help you feel refreshed and energized.

Get enough sleep:

Sleep is essential for good health and can be particularly challenging when traveling. Aim for 7-9 hours of sleep per night, and adjust your sleep schedule to accommodate time zone changes. If you’re having trouble sleeping, try bringing a comfortable pillow or blanket, using earplugs, or drinking a cup of chamomile tea.

Stay hygienic:

Good hygiene is important for preventing the spread of illness, and it’s especially important when traveling. WASH YOUR HANDS frequently and avoid touching your face. Use hand sanitizer when washing is not possible, and be mindful of other hygiene practices such as covering your mouth when coughing or sneezing.

Stay protected:

Taking precautions against sun exposure, such as wearing a hat and sunglasses and applying sunscreen, is important for maintaining good health when traveling. Additionally, bring any necessary medications with you, and keep them in their original, labeled containers. Research any health risks or precautions for your destination, and consider speaking with a healthcare provider before you go.

Be prepared:

Being prepared is key for staying healthy while traveling. Keep a first aid kit with you, and be sure to research any health risks or precautions for your destination. If you have a pre-existing health condition, be sure to carry a list of your medications and any other important information, and consider wearing a medical alert bracelet.

Staying healthy while traveling requires a little planning and preparation, but it’s well worth the effort. By following these tips, you can enjoy your travels to the fullest, feeling refreshed and rejuvenated along the way.

Rebecca is the founder of Sightseeing Sidekick travel blog and the publisher of both a lifestyle and a bridal magazine. Living in Northern Virginia, she’s a 50+ mother and grandmother who started travel blogging to share her “new to her” experiences as she has more time to travel. She hopes to “inspire women who previously may not have been able to travel due to career or family obligations to plan, sightsee, and create memories.” You can follow her on FacebookInstagramPinterest, and YouTube