How to Stay Healthy on Vacation

Worried about picking up a virus while traveling? Check out these tips for staying healthy on your next trip that could save you from a ruined vacation.

Amid the coronavirus (COVID-19), many travelers are concerned about their health. Airlines, airports, and governments have shut down and quarantine places and people to help control the spread of the coronavirus.

No one wants a sickness to be one of the souvenirs they take home. Several actions and habits can reduce your chances of catching something while traveling. Check out the travel tips below to stay well.

Basic Wellness Habits

The best way to not get sick while traveling is to develop healthy habits. The best healthy habits are the ones we’ve heard all our lives:

  • Wash your hands with soap and warm water frequently, after using the restroom, and before eating.
  • Don’t touch your face — seriously stop it!
  • Dress appropriately for the weather and climate.
  • Wear sunscreen and coverings to protect your skin and deter sun sickness.
  • Get plenty of rest.

Tips for a Healthier Trip

Like choosing one of the safest travel destinations to visit, a little pre-trip preparation can keep you at the top of your game.

  • Get vaccinated if you are visiting certain areas.
  • Avoid friends, family members, and co-workers who are sick before your trip.
  • Avoid and de-germ as much as possible by washing your hands frequently, not touching your face and mouth, and using antibacterial wipes.
  • Eat healthy, balanced meals.
  • Consider wearing a facemask on the plane and wiping the armrests, tray table, and other surfaces with an antibacterial wipe.
  • Drink plenty of water, which will also help with jetlag.
  • Take vitamins, like vitamin C, before and during your travels.

If there is a high risk of infection, such as the case of the coronavirus right, then you should consider rescheduling your trip. Travel providers often waive fees for changing arrangements due to disease in the area.

Quick Tips for Fighting Sickness

Despite best practices like washing your hands, you can still catch a virus while traveling… a woman coughed into my mouth! However, you don’t need sickness to ruin your trip.

Items I keep handy in my suitcase:

  • A fever and pain reducer (Tylenol)
  • Cold and flu medication (DayQuil/NightQuil)
  • Motion sickness pills

Other first-aid items such as bandages, antibiotic ointment, and anti-itch cream are also beneficial to have on hand. Likewise, carry medication for allergies you may need, even just some anti-inflammatory medication like Benadryl.

Check out other things that can ruin even the best travel plans here.

Although you may be tempted to fight through the sickness to enjoy your trip, pace yourself. Overexerting yourself in one day can mean bed rest for the rest of the week.

How to Eat Healthy While Traveling

It can be hard to avoid weight gain on vacation when there are so many new foods to try. I ate so much cheese and delicious dishes during my month in France that I brought home an extra 10 pounds.

Choose healthy food options during vacation whenever possible. Likewise, make sure your diet is complete with fruits and vegetables. Keep your diet balanced by choosing at least one heart-healthy meal a day, such as a salad.

Eating a light breakfast at your accommodation is an easy substitution for something greasy, sugary, or deep-fried. Picking up healthy breakfast foods at a grocery store will also save you money and time spent eating at a restaurant.

I keep healthy vacation snacks in my bag when I go on day trips. When I’m hungry, it’s tempting to stop anywhere for a quick bite. Having protein bars on hand keeps me energized without having to sacrifice hundreds of calories for fast food.

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