When travelling to new places, we expose ourselves to new toxins and germs that our bodies are not used to, and it is very common to become sick while on vacation. In order to enjoy your trip to the fullest, I have compiled a list of helpful tips to ensure that you stay healthy and energized from the time you leave to the time you come home.
Fist, the number one essential is to get enough sleep. Usually, seven to eight hours of sleep is recommended per night, and it is no different while you are travelling. Making sure you get a good sleep is important because that is when your body recharges and regenerates itself. The less sleep you get per night, the easier and more vulnerable you are to become sick.
Next, I cannot stress enough how important it is to drink water. If you are worried about bringing in water to an airport, a good idea is to take an empty water bottle through security and fill it up after at a water fountain. Dehydration can lead to fatigue, headaches, dizziness, among other side effects that no one wants to deal with when travelling. Also, be wary about how much alcohol you consume each day, it is acceptable to enjoy yourself on vacation, but keep in mind that alcohol does dehydrate and bloats your body. If you are drinking at night and have an exhausting day planned for the next day, just remember that alcohol does leave your body feeling drained, so you should plan accordingly.
Your body will need fuel for your, most-likely, hectic vacation schedule, so it is a good idea to pack snacks to bring with you. Foods such as nuts, vegetables, and fruits will give you the fiber and substance you need to keep your energy high throughout the day. Remember, there are so many different foods you will want to try while eating your three main meals of the day, don’t splurge on a bag of chips or candy, which will just make you feel sluggish and give you an energy crash soon after eating them. Although, if you are visiting Italy, I completely agree with eating gelato as a dessert every day, just try not to have more than once a day (if you do, don’t beat yourself up over it).
If given the option, and weather permitted, choose to walk places! Not only will walking save money and is a great way to explore a city, but it also is great for your body. Walking is an easy way to blast any extra calories you have been eating, but most importantly it stimulates the immune system and releases endorphins, so you will be healthy and happy. If it is sunny where you are, then that is even more of a reason to walk. The vitamin D from the sun is important for your body to function properly, but just remember to put on some sunscreen so you won’t have to deal with painful sun burns.
Lastly, it would be a good idea to pack a first aid kit with aspirin, bandages, and antacids. If you are prepared then you won’t have to worry if something does happen. If you do feel sickness coming on, take vitamin C and try taking Airborne, or a similar product that contains ingredients that will help boost your immune system.
I hope you take these tips into consideration while travelling and I wish you have a fun, healthy trip!