we’ve spent a lot of this month talking about travel tips, tricks, and hacks. i’ve also given you some travel outfit ideas and shown you my flat layouts for Florida. today, though, i want to focus on a slightly different topic: staying healthy while traveling.
staying healthy in general can be a challenge no doubt. whether it’s tailoring our diets or managing to make it to the gym regularly, there’s a lot to consider and do. and things can get particularly difficult when we leave our familiar environment and venture away from home.
forget routine; it goes straight out the window.
healthy eating? yeah right. dinner out again.
caught a cold. again. that darn recycled airplane air.
so what i want to do today is just give you some plain, practical advice on staying healthy while traveling. whether it’s just a weekend getaway or a week on the coast, i’m hoping some of these tips (many of which seem totally obvious when you see them in print), will make for a slightly healthier and happier vacation. and if i missed any, let me know yours in the comments below.
there is a lot going on the world right now. and while i generally stay away from current events over here on the blog, it’s impossible to ignore the inherent health risks in traveling at present. hand washing is your first line of defense. and while washing your hands with soap may seem obvious, it is the easiest, cheapest way to protect your health on a plane. keep a pack of sanitizing wipes easily accessible to clean your hands and surfaces on the plane like your tray table.
staying hydrated is key to avoiding catching a cold while traveling by plane. bringing your own bottle or buying a large one at the airport is important because the amount of water you need on a plane far exceeds the amount the attendants give you in the air. pack a large bottle of water like this one.
supplements can get your immune system into gear. if you don’t already use supplements, start taking them a few days before you travel to give your immune system a head start. here are a few must brings.
it’s also important to keep your body humming along and often times airport restaurants and newsstands don’t have the best foods for us (or if they do, they’re often overpriced). you will feel better and your immune system will thank you for packing healthy snacks. plus you never know if you might find yourself unable to get a snack due to delays, so it’s always good to have a snack that will work for you and not against you.
meal bars are easy to pack. there are so many flavors on the market that you’re sure to find one that suits your taste. i vote for meal and protein bars that aren’t loaded with sugar. sugar will spike your glucose and leave you feeling even hungrier and tired.
if you happen to be traveling where jet lag is an issue, acclimating yourself to your destination time zone as early as your arrival for your departure can help with jet lag symptoms. this includes a schedule for eating and sleeping on the plane.
if you are traveling west, studies have shown that exercising in the evenings as a recovery method can be beneficial because exercise blocks the production of melatonin, helping you stay awake later into the evening.
getting out in the sunlight has also been proven to benefit the symptoms of jet lag. if you arrive in the daylight hours, take a 30 minute walk outside when you get to your hotel. in order to regulate your circadian rhythm to your new timezone, waking up and being in the sunlight early, during normal hours will help tremendously.