How to Stay Healthy While Traveling
It’s no secret that traveling can wear you down if you aren’t prepared. Whether you’re low on sleep or sitting next to someone with a cold, there’s ample opportunities to get sick. Stay healthy while traveling this winter with some of these practical tips.
Get Enough Sleep
Sleep is extra important for staying healthy while traveling. In fact, most adults need seven to nine hours of sleep to maintain a healthy mind and immune system. If your trip crosses time zones, start preparing your body for the shift in schedule by going to bed and waking up according to that time zone. Adjusting your body early will help prevent fatigue and jet lag during your trip.
Take Your Vitamins
A week or two before you leave for your trip, make sure to take your daily vitamin. Increased levels of vitamins and minerals will prepare your immune system for travel and, hopefully, keep you healthy throughout your trip. It’s also a good idea to drink an extra vitamin supplement (like Airborne) before traveling.
Staying hydrated before and during travel is super important for your health. The dry air in airplane cabins is notorious for causing dehydration and dry skin. Make sure to drink plenty of water a few days prior to traveling and pack a re-fillable water bottle for during your travels. Fun fact: drinking water has also been known to help overcome jet lag.
Don’t Forget Hand Sanitizer
You may not always have easy access to soap and water while on-the-go, so plan ahead and bring a travel hand sanitizer with you. Think about it: Things like railings, luggage, plane seats and door handles all carry unwanted germs. Keeping hand sanitizer handy is an easy way to ensure you stay as healthy as possible while traveling.
Pack Healthy On-the-Go Snacks
Consider packing healthy snacks so that you aren’t forced to opt for unhealthy fast food meals while traveling. These snacks are also perfect for when you don’t have enough time (maybe between connecting flights) to grab a bite to eat.
Bring Basic Medicines
You’ll find basic medicine in any airport convenience store, but if you already have them at home, why not pack them? It’s always a good idea to bring anti-nausea medication for flights with possible turbulence and cough drops to combat the dry air. Also consider throwing your cold medicine essentials with your toiletries, in case you catch one mid-trip.
Stretch or Work Out
While traveling, find some time to stretch and work out. Stretching will not only make you more comfortable before a long flight, but it will also help your body better relax and sleep, despite the stresses of travel. And if you don’t have time for a full workout, try to make your day an active one by walking or biking while traveling.
This winter, make sure to take advantage of some of these tips for staying healthy while traveling!