We’ve all been there. You look forward to your annual week or two-week vacation and go crazy planning it. Then when you’re on vacation, you drive yourself crazy trying to see, do and eat everything in sight. It’s no wonder you end up sick once you come home or worse, while you’re on vacation. Here are some simple tips to stay healthy.
Catch a nap whenever you can. If you’re traveling with a group, let go of one or two of the planned activities if you feel tired. If you can hail a cab or have someone else drive, that’s a good time to get some down time.
As long as you’re in safe surroundings, opt to take a walk once in awhile. In overcrowded cities, such as Mumbai and Manhattan, walking will probably get you where you need to go faster than a car.
It doesn’t have to be anything special or costly. If your hotel has a fitness center, use it. If the only exercise you can get is in the privacy of your hotel room, do it. It will help you keep your stamina up and help you sleep better too.
Use Antiseptic Hand Wipes & Hand Sanitizer
Keep them with you at all times. Even in fine dining restaurants, you can never be sure what’s hygienic.
Don’t Skip Breakfast
If it’s your habit to skip breakfast, stop it. You might want to “save” your calories for other treats later in the day, but seriously. What good are the saved calories if you have no energy to go, see, explore and eat?
Carry your own water with you. Don’t rely on local water sources for hydration. Along with keeping yourself properly hydrated, water will help to flush out any bugs that are sticking around your insides.
Don’t Binge On Alcohol Or Soda
Not only are they generally bad for you, but they can cause sleep disturbances or even insomnia.
Bring A First-Aid Kit
It doesn’t have to be anything complicated, but it should contain bandages, OTC painkillers, a thermometer, scissors, tweezers, antiseptic ointment and upset stomach medication.
Take A Multi-vitamin
Don’t carry around 10 pills for each day when you can instead take a multivitamin. It’s hard enough getting the proper vitamins when you’re at home and even harder when you’re dealing with different cuisines and food overindulgences. And we’re not talking healthy vegetables.
Bring Sunscreen & Protective Clothing
Even if you’re in snowy weather, you can suffer from painful sunburns. Always wear sunscreen and sun-protective clothing and hats. You may not mind a tan, but your skin will be healthier when it doesn’t burn. Also, when traveling in colder temps, always make sure to have clean, dry socks available for extra changes. If hiking around with wet feet doesn’t get you sick, it will most certainly lead to a lot of discomfort which will fight your immune system’s best efforts at keeping you healthy.
Using these tips can keep your system in optimal shape during your vacation, and even when you return home. In fact, the sunscreen tip could even prevent you from developing skin cancer, so that’s potentially a long-term lifesaving tip. Overall though, they’re solid habits to rely on whether you’re traveling or not.