November 8, 2016 2 min to read
5 ways to stay healthy while travelling
Category : Travel Tips
The clock is ticking, the pages are turning as it’s that time of the year yet again. You are just about to hit the road for another epic journey or the skies for that faraway holiday. As you plan to eat all the local savouries and indulge in every sinful food available, eating right and staying healthy might be the last thing on your mind. But this can leave you feeling lethargic and unfortunately sometimes, even sick. Here are some simple ways to keep you going while you holiday.
No matter what you do, where you are headed, the first rule of any trip is carry a water bottle and keep yourself hydrated. So before you indulge in that alcohol, drink a big glass of water when you wake up to feel refreshed. You can also taking probiotics to prepare your digestive system for travel. The good bacteria in probiotics helps to keep your stomach in shape.
Load up on snacks
Pack different varieties healthy, non-perishable snacks you can pack in your suitcase that will keep your hunger at bay. Foods like gluten-free crackers, single serve nut butters, protein bars, dried or canned beans, nuts, seeds, dried fruit and granola are easy to travel with. When travelling by car, pack a cooler with fresh fruit and vegetables.
Since travel implies long periods of sitting in airplanes, trains or cars, we tend to become sedentary and this can cause back aches. So make sure that you exercise as it stimulates the immune system, releases endorphins (feel-good chemicals), and keeps your brain sharp. You can head to the hotel gym or walk the city as much as possible.
Staying healthy while travelling isn’t just about eating well. Little things like skincare routine, vitamin regimen, and mental health should all be considered while traveling, too. If you take regular vitamins or medications, be sure to pack them in a travel container so that you can take them with you without taking up precious space in your suitcase. Though skin and hair care products can come in large bottles, pack them in leak proof, TSA friendly bottles. Essential oils such as lavender can help keep you calm and protects the immune system, while lemongrass contains anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties.
Rest and sleep
Just as exercise is important while travelling, so is rest. Travel can be stressful. So try to get at least seven hours of sleep. This isn’t always possible, but it makes a big difference in keeping you healthy.