Taking Care of Your Health While Traveling

Going on a trip is always stressful, even if it’s for a vacation. If you’re anything like me, you’re always worried that you’ve forgotten something. If you are like me, you probably have.

You also have to worry about your travel arrangements, hotel fees, planning out your itineraries … the list goes on and on. With everything you need to plan in order to have a successful business or vacation trip, who has the time to worry about your health? It’s certainly tempting to skip out on exercise and sleep while indulging a little more on unhealthy yet convenient foods. Unfortunately, this makes your return home that much more difficult, and picking up these bad habits on your trip can actually make your traveling experience less pleasant. 

Eat Mindfully

If you are on a leisure trip, it’s OK to indulge a little bit. However, you don’t want to make it difficult for you to get back into healthy eating habits once the trip is over. At the minimum, try to keep at least one meal per day healthy and nutritious. Ideally, it’s best to treat yourself to one or two snacks or desserts each day on your trip at most. This will make it easier to get back to your regular diet once you return home.

Get Some Sleep

It’s easy to miss out on sleep when you’re traveling. If you’re on a business trip, you may be too stressed to sleep soundly. If you’re on vacation, you may be too excited. In either case, jetlag may be wreaking havoc on your ability to get some rest as well. This will not only make your trip more stressful, but it will make it that much harder to come home and get back to your regular routine. Request a blackout curtain or a white noise machine from your hotel to help you get the sleep you need. 

Fight Off Potential Germ Traps

You’ll want to make sure you’re washing your hands regularly while spending time traveling. Aim to wash your hands before you eat, after using the restroom, and after using an airplane, bus, taxi, etc. If you’re traveling abroad, make sure to only use bottled water for drinking. This doesn’t mean other countries are dirty; it means your body isn’t used to the organisms found in other parts of the world, which could cause issues to your digestive tract. Remember to brush your teeth using bottled water as well.

By following these simple yet effective tips, you can really make the most out of traveling. 

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