Keeping Your Health in Check While Traveling
Traveling can be taxing on your body regardless when during the year it is. But pair the stale airplane air with cold and flu season and it can sometimes feel like catching a virus (or worse) is inevitable. It doesn’t have to be, when you take a few precautionary measures.
Of course, the number one tip for overall good health is to eat a well-balanced diet and get enough sleep. If that is already happening, you have a much stronger foundation than if you were eating fast food every night and sleeping for four hours. Sleep and nutrition are the baseline for good health, but on top of that, here are some other things to consider:
Of course, exercise is another critical factor for maintaining good health, but it can be hard to get motivated to sustain an exercise regimen day in and day out. Using a fitness tracker like MyCoach Pulse is a great way to monitor progress, track heart rate, sleep and even set daily goals like reaching 10K steps per day (which is easy to do when you’re walking through that big airport!).
Washing your hands after being in highly-trafficked places like planes, airports and cabs is always a great idea. But sometimes a bathroom isn’t that accessible. In the absence of soap and sink, bring along a small bottle of hand sanitizer to eliminate germs until you can get to a bathroom.
When you’re traveling and dealing with all the stresses that come with it, it can be easy to forget to drink water. But staying hydrated is important for staying healthy. You can bring your favorite empty water bottle in your carry-on and fill it up after you have gone through security. A lot of airports now offer spring water filling stations, saving you some money on that expensive airport bottled water.
Now that airlines have drastically cut back on snack options and/or are charging for any on planes, it’s a better idea to bring your own. Mixed nuts, fruit or energy bars are all nutritious options for in-flight snacking. They will keep you satiated and will also save you money.
While traveling can wear you out, sometimes it can be hard to get a good night’s sleep in a hotel room. Don’t be shy about asking for things you need to ensure a restful snooze, whether it’s extra pillows or blankets. Hotels are very accommodating to those requests and want you to be as comfortable as possible.
Taking a few of these tips in mind before your next trip and throwing a couple extras into your carry-on will likely make for a more comfortable journey, and hopefully reduce the chances of you catching a nasty bug.