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Travel is certainly medicine for the soul, but the body and mind can disagree. Anyone who’s ever caught the wanderlust bug understands that holidays aren’t always glamorous. Whatever the size or shape of your adventure, there will be bumps in the road. Many of us travel to escape the stresses of everyday life, as well as experience the world. Unfortunately, many breaks away aren’t nearly as relaxing as we would like. While always exciting and enjoyable, travel could impact your health. With that in mind, here are ten smart ways to stay healthy while travelling.
Carry A Smaller Bag
Although travel can unburden your soul, you must make sure you don’t burden your body in the process. Packing for a holiday is a difficult experience. Even with a list of everything you need, you’ll find yourself adding more items to the bag. When it comes down to it, you won’t require anywhere near the amount of stuff you think you do. Make sure you carry a smaller bag, as this will help you to pack less luggage. The less stuff you take, the less likely you are to hurt yourself.
Pack First Aid Supplies
A heavy suitcase might make relaxing vacations difficult, but you shouldn’t travel without luggage. There are certain items you can’t afford to leave at home. Along with clothes, toiletries, and other essentials, you must pack first aid supplies. Even the most carefully laid plans could leave you sick or injured. Until you can reach medical help, bandages, plasters, and pain killers are crucial. Make sure you also pack any medications you need, as well as a copy of your medical history.
Speak With A Doctor
Getting sick while away isn’t an enjoyable experience. Thankfully, there are many ways to prevent such an issue. Speaking to a doctor is certainly an effective idea. Whether you visit a local doctor’s office or a larger establishment, like Phoenix Hospital, you must have a checkup before going away. A health screening will allow doctors to identify problems in their early stages. This means that you can receive treatment before any illness becomes serious while on holiday.
Explore Destinations By Foot
Maintaining an exercise routine is difficult when travelling. After all, you don’t want to spend your time away trapped in the hotel gym. Thankfully, exploring a new city or town can be an incredibly active experience. Walking while you’re away, rather than hiring a car or taking public transport, definitely counts as exercise. What’s more, there are many other physically active activities that you could take part in. Hiking, swimming, surfing, and cycling are just a few examples to try out.
Make Sleep A Priority
Although exercise is essential, you must give yourself time to rest too. When away on holiday, every single second counts. You don’t want to waste any time because you’ll soon be back at home. This means that many travellers stay awake far later than they should. After crossing time zones while carrying heavy luggage, you’ll definitely feel exhausted. That is why you must make sleep a priority. If you struggle with sleeping in hotels, you can bring an eye mask and earplugs.
Wear Sunscreen Each Day
The sun might be beautiful, but it poses a threat. Everyone knows the risks of a sunny day, from sunburn to skin cancer. However, most people don’t realize that you can suffer from these issues, even in cold destinations. No matter where you travel or when you must always wear sunscreen. The sun shines regardless of the temperature, so you must protect your skin. In hot climates, it’s also important to cover up. Make sure you wear light layers and sit in the shade.
Cook Your Own Meals
Most people don’t travel halfway around the world to eat their own cooking. Nonetheless, if you intend to stay away for a while, it isn’t a bad idea. Although restaurants don’t necessarily serve unhealthy foods, they usually do contain more salt, fat, and sugar. Cooking your own food makes it much easier to stick to a nutritious and balanced diet. Even when you don’t have a kitchen space in your accommodation, you can easily make salads and sandwiches without one.
Limit Any Alcohol Consumption
Everyone likes a drink now and then, particularly on holiday. However, you must remember that alcohol is an empty calorie. Drinking too much of it could easily cause weight gain, along with other serious health issues. After drinking, your inhibitions are lowered, which means you’re likely to find yourself in serious situations. To prevent this trouble, you must limit your alcohol consumption. Make sure you drink water between beers and always eat before hitting the booze.
Spend Time By Yourself
The benefits of solo travel of varied, but most people prefer going away with others. Even when on holiday with friends and family, you must spend time by yourself. Being social all the time will become exhausting very quickly. Unless you have alone time, you could suffer burnout, which would probably ruin your break. Although you won’t want to wander around for hours by yourself, reading by the pool or seeing the sights alone for some time won’t do anyone any harm.
Invest In Travel Insurance
Travel insurance is essential for any holiday abroad. Going away might be expensive, but this is one cost you can’t afford to eliminate from your budget. Many people don’t understand how many benefits that travel insurance offers. Although your luggage is protected, your health is too. Without travel insurance, you would have to cover any medical bills you might incur by yourself. Because medical costs are higher around the world, you might avoid seeking help as a result.
Travel is an exciting and enjoyable experience, but it has drawbacks too. Between time zone changes, packed schedules, and meals out, your physical and mental health could take a hit. Thankfully, with the advice above, you can enjoy your time away and also stay healthy.