Whether traveling for business or pleasure, by plane or family car, there are things travelers can do to increase their chances of staying healthy on the road. Don’t let travel be the excuse for slacking off on regular exercise or choosing unhealthy eating options. Following a few sensible suggestions will help travelers reduce their stress level, avoid illnesses, and enjoy the trip more.
Try to eat smart and maintain a balanced diet when traveling. Many travelers succumb to the temptation of fast food stops because it seems more convenient. Try to avoid high calorie, high fat foods. Fried foods and super size portions add more calories than many people consume in their regular diet. Add to that hours of inactivity while sitting in a car or plane, and it’s no wonder our digestive systems feel sluggish. If fast food is the only option, try a salad. Plan ahead and pack healthy snacks such as fresh fruits and vegetables. Remember to stay hydrated. Most people don’t drink enough water when traveling, and water helps the body flush toxins. Avoid alcohol and caffeine on long plane flights.
Try to stay active and keep moving. Travelers can develop blood clots from sitting too long. Take a rest stop every couple of hours and walk around a bit. On long plane flights, move around in the aisle or walk to the lavatory. Book a hotel that offers fitness facilities or a pool. Then make time in your schedule for some exercise. Explore your destination by taking a walk. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Exercise in the hotel room by pulling up a fitness video on your laptop. Exercise reduces stress and often helps us sleep better.
Many of us don’t get the rest we should when traveling. Sleep deprivation can lead to irritability, headaches, and digestive problems. Try to maintain your regular sleeping schedule as much as possible, and get at least six hours of sleep each night. If traveling by car, take a short rest when not driving. Bringing a pillow from home can help make things more comfortable.
Wash hands often with soap and water when traveling. Hand sanitizer is a good option if washing is not possible. However, sanitizers don’t always work against viruses. Disinfecting wipes can come in handy for cleaning germs off surfaces like door handles and faucets. Try to keep hands away from the eyes, nose, and mouth. Taking a multivitamin or vitamin C each day can help boost the immune system and fight off illness.