Tips for Healthy Travel

Monday, September 23, 2019

Healthy Travel

An adventure to a new place can be a thrilling experience. But as you're enjoying the sights and sounds, it is important keep your health in mind. Whether you're taking a road trip or flying abroad, here a few tips for staying healthy while traveling.

Bring hand sanitizer

It is a good idea to pack a small container of hand sanitizer and have it with you at all times. This way, you can clean your hands before eating. This helps protect you from getting sick on your trip or bringing an illness home.

Pack healthy snacks

Whether you plan to eat out or cook food at a vacation rental, it's smart to bring healthy snacks. Whole fruits, nuts and seeds are portable foods that can help satisfy your appetite between meals. And most importantly, remember to bring a reusable water bottle! Drinking plenty of water to avoid dehydration during your vacation is critical no matter where you are traveling.

Remember to stretch

Will your adventure involve lots of walking or other physical activity? Stretching can help keep you nimble and energized throughout the day. Stretch breaks are also important if you're sitting in a car or on a plane for several hours. Stretching will help you avoid any discomfort from stiff muscles or poor circulation.

Take time to rest

The journey might take you across time zones and through stressful airport terminals. Once you reach your destination, be sure to take a moment to relax. This helps you recover mentally and physically. Feeling tired before the day is over? Set a timer and take a short 20-minute nap to boost your energy levels.

Wear sunscreen

One way to reduce your chances of getting skin cancer is to protect yourself from the sun's UV rays. Apply sunscreen with at least SPF 15. Reapply it every two hours. This is especially important when your journey involves spending lots of time outside.

Have a first-aid kit

Prepare for health emergencies by bringing a custom first-aid kit with you. Some basic items to put in your kit include bandages, antibiotic ointment, pain and fever reducers, and stomachache medicine. Meet the needs of your fellow travelers, too. For example, if anyone in your group tends to get motion sickness or has allergic reactions, bring remedies for those conditions.

Keep up your workout routine

Just because you're out of town for a few days doesn't mean you have to skip your usual workouts. Make use of your hotel's fitness center or try pushups, jumping jacks, and lunges in your room. Your workouts don't need to be long, but it's often best to stick to a consistent schedule.

Learn more and schedule an appointment with a Bon Secours physician today.

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