Traveling is a must for everyone. We all know it, right? It’s good for the soul. It is liberating. It’s a great break from all the work that we do. But while traveling is generally fun, let us not forget the preparation that we need in order to make our vacation worthwhile.
We are not talking about packing your clothes and other travel essentials, but this is something most people forget. How do you stay healthy while traveling? In this article, we are going to provide you few tips. Make sure you follow most of it before you start being on the road (or the air, or sea for that matter).
Consult with your physician
We highly recommend that you visit your doctor before you travel. This is so you are aware of the things you can and cannot do. Let’s admit it, we are all different and not because one travel blogger recommends that you go cliff diving, you will do so. What if your body is not ready for strenuous activities? You wouldn’t want to ruin your entire vacation just because you were too careless, would you?
In addition, make sure that you take the proper vitamins. Most of the time, traveling requires miles and miles of walking and if your endurance and resistance isn’t good enough, you’d end up being sick in a hotel bed, while your friends or families are enjoying the sands on their toes! Definitely not good. But what are the essential vitamins or supplements that you need to take? Here are some of the best we can find.
- Vitamin C – Boost your immune system with a good supply of Vitamin C. You can easily find these from your local drugstores.
- Rhodiola – For centuries people have been using this botanical supplement that can help you become more focused and relaxed at the same time.
- Vitamin B12 – This is recommended if you have a long day ahead and you need a lot of energy.
Sleep whenever you can!
If you can, make sure that you rest or sleep. We all want to maximize activities when we travel, right? And even if you are too excited to try it out, not getting enough sleep will obviously impair you to do so. If you still need to wait hours before your flight, then take a nap. If your travel time is considerably long, use that time to recharge! It’s a good thing that there are a lot of amazing neck pillows that allow you to sleep comfortably sleep anywhere. Take advantage of that.
Never ever skip breakfast + always bring water
We are all aware that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. So if on a normal day, the same adage applies, what more when you travel and you need to pack a lot of energy?
If possible, we recommend that you get yourself on-the-go breakfast so even if you wake up late and you need to rush, you will still not have an excuse for skipping breakfast. And let’s not forget the importance of staying hydrated. Bring a bottle of water EVERYWHERE you go.
Walk whenever possible
Instead of riding a bus or cab to go around, why don’t you just walk? This will allow you to take off-the-beaten-path, which is generally more exciting, and of course, it provides your body the exercise it needs. Just make sure that you bring your most comfortable walking shoes when traveling.
Don’t forget your sunblock
A lot of people forget about taking care of their skin while traveling. Of course, it is good that you enjoy the fine weather and the sun, but we all know that it is harmful in the long run. To spare yourself from any skin condition brought by overexposure to the sun, make sure that you put ample amount of sunblock on your body. Which brands would we recommend?
- Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Non-Greasy Sunscreen Stick for Face & Body, Broad Spectrum SPF 70
- Banana Boat Ultra Sport Sunscreen Lotion, New Formula, SPF 50+
- Coppertone SPORT Sunscreen Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 50
So there you have it. Prepare in advance and you are good to go!
Perhaps you have more ideas that you can share with us on how you can stay healthy while traveling. We want to hear from you!