Travel Tuesday: 10 Tips for a Healthier Vacation

Since summer is here, many of us will be taking a vacation. I have some exciting trips planned this summer, and I always do my best to stay healthy on trips. I thought I would share 10 helpful tips on how to have a healthier vacation:

 

1. Watch What You Eat:

  • Share-Many restaurants serve very large portions, so do not hesitate to split orders.

  • Space meals throughout the day. It can be easy to “graze” while on vacation. Try to set meal times and stick to them.

 2. Drink Plenty of Water:

  • Airline flights are very dehydrating. Drink plenty of water and limit alcohol.

  • Children become dehydrated more easily than adults, so pay extra attention to them.

  • Drink bottled water, especially if you are in a foreign country where tap water may not be safe to drink.

3. Get adequate sleep:

  • When you sleep well, you wake up feeling refreshed, alert and ready to enjoy the day. It will also keep your immune system healthy

  • Do your best to stay on a regular sleep schedule while away from home.

4.  Pack a first-aid kit: 

  • Bandages, sterile gauze pads, instant cold packs, a thermometer, scissors, tweezers, a needle, moistened towelettes and bandaids.

  • Antiseptics, over–the–counter pain relievers, anti–diarrhea medication, antacid, a tube of hydrocortisone cream for itchy skin reactions, allergy relief, cold and cough medicine, motion sickness medication.

5. Exercise:

  • You will feel so much better if you exercise or maintain regular exercise. It will help you unwind and relieve stress.

  • Vacations are a great time to start, or try a new workout routine.

6.  Be careful in the sun:  

  • The sun’s peak hours are between 10 AM and 4 PM.

  • Liberally apply a broad–spectrum, water–resistant sunscreen of at least SPF 15 thirty minutes before going outdoors. Sunscreen should then be re–applied every two hours or after physical activity.

  • Sunglasses that block 99 to 100 percent of both UVA and UVB rays offer the best eye protection. 

7 . Read:

  • Bring a relaxing book or some of your favorite magazines. Give yourself a break from your normal work routine. I love a good beach-read type of book.

8. Pack Smart:

  • Try to not to overpack. This will help your back when carrying luggage. It will also be less to keep up with and unpack when you get back home.

9. Detach:

  • You will be able to relax better if you detach and unplug on vacation. Try to limit yourself from checking email, work calls and social media. Give yourself the time you greatly deserve.

10. When traveling internationally:

  • See your doctor or specialist six weeks prior to your trip. Most vaccines take time to become effective and require more than one dose in a series.

  • Carry a written copy of your medical history and check with your health insurance provider to see if you are covered for medical care and medical evacuation while on vacation.

Some of these tips were contributed by EHE International, America’s oldest and largest preventive health company.

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